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A hot streak turned into an extended stay out west last week for Jamestown dirt-track racer Scott Bintz and crewman Caleb Gwerder. But the duo didn't trade winning the inaugural WISSOTA Wild West Midwest Modified Tour championship for ring around the collar. "We made sure we stayed at hotels that had laundry machines," Bintz laughed.
Post 14's Dawson Douty plated the go-ahead run with a single in an extra eighth inning Thursday in Bismarck, and Chris Erickson's two-run double provided the insurance. Jamestown earned a two-game split against the Bismarck Representatives in American Legion baseball action, taking the nightcap 9-6 after dropping the divisional contest 2-1 to open the doubleheader. Jamestown and Bismarck will play two more today at Jack Brown Stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m.
A small adjustment might have cost John Corell Sr. a couple positions Saturday at Jamestown Speedway, but that's beside the point. The local racing veteran has put himself right in the thick of the title hunt following opening night of the six-night IMCA Dakota Classic Modified Tour. Two-time defending tour champion Hunter Marriott, of Brookfield, Mo., led every lap of the 30-lap feature here, while Corell finished fifth after starting sixth in the final 29-car field.
Rory Opp wasted little time Wednesday taking advantage of one of the best racing surfaces Jamestown Speedway has produced all season. The veteran WISSOTA street stock driver made a four-wide pass for the lead on the opening lap of the 20-lap streets feature during the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. Opp shot to the high side from the fourth starting position at the drop of the green flag, catapulting himself past third-place starter Jonny Carter and the front row of Jay Schlotfeldt and Christopher Ritter before the foursome made it back to the flag stand.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Clay Gentzkow's sizzling start to the 2018 season continued Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. The 22-year-old bomber driver has cornered the local racing luck market here, notching his sixth feature victory in eight shows in default fashion. Gentzkow, who crossed the finish line second to Jamestown's Billy Carow, was awarded the $250-to-win trophy after Carow was disqualified for not reporting directly to the scale following the race.
Those who look after storied Jack Brown Stadium pride themselves in preserving Jamestown's piece of baseball heaven. One year after 284 individual donations helped raise approximately $300,000 to install new dugouts at the historic ballpark, Jeff Gould and Jamestown's baseball community are on to the next improvement project. A considerably less expensive venture, but Gould explained every bit as important, a fundraising campaign has begun this year to tackle issues with the park's batting cages.
University of Jamestown women's volleyball coach Jon Hegerle is embracing men's volleyball on campus. The local university publicly announced last week it is in the process of hiring a men's volleyball coach and will field a team beginning in the spring of 2020. The sport has begun to take off at the collegiate level in recent years, and high schools—schools not too far away from Jamestown—have also began to offer the sport to boys.
New Jamestown Speedway owners Tim and Allison Baldwin are taking 2018's rash of rainouts in stride. The local race track has so far lost three of its first six events to weather and faces another 40-percent chance of precipitation heading into tomorrow's annual Kids' Night. All regular classes are scheduled to hit the track beginning at 7 p.m.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Former NFL quarterback Brooks Bollinger lauded Fargo track star Laura Roesler's toughness Saturday, June 16, during the 2018 North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Jamestown Civic Center. Bollinger was able to handle the harassment of 275-pound edge rushers after being drafted by the New York Jets in 2003. But running track at Grand Forks Central High School in the mid-1990s was a whole different story. "You know Laura ... I also ran track," Bollinger said. "I ran the 800 (meters) and I quit because of the pain.
Brooks Bollinger speaks with an unmistakable sense of pride when discussing current NFL quarterback Carson Wentz. Both men, along with North Dakota State University quarterbacks coach Randy Hedberg, went from playing high school football on the great plains of North Dakota to professionally quarterbacking the sport at the highest level. But the former signal caller for the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys explained he doesn't plan on giving Wentz any pointers on how to direct the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles anytime soon.