Phoebe Olson amid the best in the North Dakota tennis scene
Phoebe Olson was the lone member of the Jamestown High School girls tennis team to make the 2022 Class A State Tournament.
Phoebe Olson is going to go down in the North Dakota history books as one of the best tennis players in Jamestown — and maybe the state.
Olson recently wrapped up her fourth state tournament appearance as the 2022 Class A State Tennis singles championship runner-up. Olson finished the season at 24-2 in singles matches.
"I was excited going into State but sad knowing they would be my last high school matches," Olson said. "I will probably remember most my semifinals match and the state championship match."
It was a season to remember to say the least.
Olson wound up defeating Mandan's Sophia Felderman 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1 to claim the Blue Jays' first individual regional title since 1991.
All regional placers that the Blue Jays have had in their program came when Jamestown was a part of the Eastern Dakota Conference, (EDC) making Olson the first player out of Jamestown's program to win a West Region title.
The WDA championship tagged Olson as the No. 1 seed out of the West Region entering the singles portion of the state tournament. In the first round, Olson faced off against Fargo Shanley’s Mary Wolf. Olson dispatched Wolf 6-2, 6-0, to advance to the second round where she faced off against West Fargo Sheyenne’s Alyssa Sommerfeld. Olson defeated Sommerfeld 6-2, 6-2.
Olson's second-round win sent her to the semifinals. Fargo Davies’ Paige McCormick put up a fight forcing Olson to battle back from an early set loss, 0-6 and overcame a second set deficit of 2-5 to win it 7-5.
Once Olson overcame the second set deficit, she cruised in the third set 6-3 to punch her ticket to the state championship match where she went head to head with West Fargo Sheyenne's Mimi Gu.
The final went the way of Gu who topped Olson 6-3, 6-0. Olson's only two losses of the season came against the Mustang senior.
The Blue Jays' No. 1 singles player received all-state honors following the state tournament. Olson also received all-state honors after her fifth-place finish at the 2021 state tourney.
"I've been playing tennis since I was four when my mom put me in it and it just kinda stuck," Olson said. "My dad plays with me a lot and both of my sisters play on the team too. Getting all-state was pretty cool and an honor to be recognized."
2022 Class A Girls Tennis All-State Team
Phoebe Olson, Jamestown
Mimi Gu, West Fargo Sheyenne
Marissa Burian, Fargo Davies
Paige McCormick, Fargo Davies
Sophia Felderman, Mandan
Erika Spanjer, Fargo North
Sofia Egge/Eden Olson, Minot
Julia Wolf/Madeline Abbott, Fargo Shanley
Aleah McPherson/Chelsa Krom, Bismarck Legacy
Lily Andrews/India Rohl, Fargo Davies
Maya Kubsad/Erika Lee, Bismarck Century
NDHSCA POWERade Outstanding Senior Athlete – Mimi Gu, West Fargo Sheyenne
NDHSCA SUBWAY Coach of the Year – Paul Kolesar, Fargo Davies
Nelson, Sorlie named as all-state soccer players
While the Jamestown High School soccer team didn't make a trip to the 2022 Class A state tournament the North Dakota High School Activities Association still recognized two Blue Jays as some of the best soccer players in the state.
Haley Nelson, a senior for the Blue Jays collected all-state honors for her standout 16 goal season. The senior garnered 18 total points, outscoring her teammates by 11 points.
Olivia Sorlie finished out her sophomore season as one of the best goalkeepers in the state. The sophomore was credited with 147 saves and four shutouts. Sorlie was out for most of her freshman season with a broken wrist.
2022 Class A Girls Soccer All-State Team
Haley Nelson, Jamestown
Madison Barnick, Fargo Davies
MaLiah Burke, Minot
Lindsey Erickson, West Fargo Sheyenne
Ella Frisk, Shanley
Addy Massey, Bismarck
Emerson Perrin, Minot
Jensen Seidel, Fargo Davies
Morgan Valvo, West Fargo Sheyenne
Reece Vorachek, Bismarck
Elsa Wambach, Shanley
Oakley Will, Bismarck Legacy
Olivia Sorlie, Jamestown
Solei Berg, Fargo North
Quinn Carter, Mandan
Payton Kooiman, Bismarck Legacy
Mia Lewis, Minot
Tenley McMenamy, West Fargo Sheyenne
Jasmyn Mitchner, Minot
Hannah Mukhtar, West Fargo Sheyenne
Morgan Perrin, Minot
Ashlyn Sands, Fargo Davies
Alyssa Smith, West Fargo
Jordyn Sunram, West Fargo
NDHSCA POWERade Outstanding Senior Athlete – MaLiah Burke, Minot
NDHSCA SUBWAY Coach of the Year – Nick Christianson, Fargo Davies