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VCSU to begin NAIA World Series play The Valley City State University softball team will be competing in the NAIA Softball World Series this week for the first time since 2006. The Vikings will play Oklahoma City University on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Springfield, Mo. The 10-team, double-elimination tournament runs May 23-29 and will determine the 2019 national champion.
Peyton Rudnick was unable to control the emotion following her final match at Jamestown High School's Rotary Soccer Field on Friday night. It truly was the all-state forward's night. Rudnick, the lone senior on this year's JHS girls soccer team, scored unassisted in the 77th minute to help the Blue Jays walk off the pitch with a 3-1 victory over Bismarck Legacy on Senior Night. "This was my final game on this field," smiled Rudnick, brushing away tears. "Especially since it was Senior Night, we wanted to end big."
Jeff Carpenter was no longer upset last Monday with how his racing season began two nights prior in Jamestown. The Valley City driver was focused forward, working to fix his No. 37 Midwest modified after a bumpy Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway led to a 24th-place DNF. Carpenter, 61, passed away unexpectedly while working on his car, just hours after talking to close racing friend and Valley City native Randy Klein over the phone.
Last Saturday's opening night at Jamestown Speedway couldn't have gone much better for the track's owners Tim and Allison Baldwin. Not only did the addition of the INEX Legends help produce an impressive car count of 118 out of the gate, the racing surface was fantastic and the competitive green-flag action thrilled. But why not promptly start on time?
Jamestown High School's Haley Nelson should've buried a hat trick on Tuesday hosting Mandan at Rotary Soccer Field. But give the Blue Jay freshman forward a couple more seasons and she probably won't send a point-blank shot on the left side of the goal box straight into the goalkeeper's stomach in the 79th minute. Jamestown defeated Mandan 4-2, with Nelson scoring in both halves. "I do that a lot," laughed Nelson on finding the opposing netminder. "It was a really good win for us and it was a whole team effort. We all did amazing."
The ride is over for University of Jamestown's first Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball tournament champions. The Jimmies' season came to a close Tuesday, May 14, in loser-out play of the NAIA Opening Round tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif. Tournament host Westmont College broke open a 3-3 game with a four-run ninth inning to defeat the Jimmies 7-3 at Russ Carr Field. Jamestown finishes 2019 at 35-18 overall, one day after falling to Arizona Chrstian 5-4 in the opening game of the Santa Barbara Bracket.
Jamestown High School boys golf struggled with its short game Monday at the Minot Invite. But according to coach John Samuelson, it's nothing a little practice can't fix. The Blue Jays carded a team score of 344 to place eighth of 10 teams at Vardon Golf Club. Jed Truax finished four strokes out of the top 10 individually to lead Jamestown at 83, while junior Bryan Mitchell carded a low nine of 38 to finish at 84.
The base on balls bit University of Jamestown baseball Monday in Santa Barbara, Calif. Arizona Christian University used three free passes to load the bases in the seventh inning of a tie game against UJ reliever Austin Pesicka and the Jimmies in their NAIA Opening Round tournament game held at Russ Carr Field. A fielder's choice hit into by the Firestorm's Jake Sim with one out scored the game-winning run from third and Arizona Christian topped Jamestown 5-4.
The seasons keep changing and Jamestown's Johnny C. remains the same. Of course John Corell Sr. was fast on Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. Tree leaves turning color in the fall is about the only thing more predictable. The 64 year old didn't win the IMCA modifieds season opener at his home track, but Corell did lead six of the 25 feature laps and was one of just two cars under 16 seconds in the 25-car field on Jamestown's high-banked, quarter-mile bullring.
Local veteran race car driver Chuck Christ will be climbing back behind the wheel full time this summer at Jamestown Speedway. Thanks to the addition of the INEX Legends class, the patriarch of one of the area's premier racing families has designs on showing the kids how it's done on Jamestown's dirt quarter-mile oval. Christ stepped away from full-time racing following the 2011 campaign, the same year his son, Billie, won the Jamestown Stock Car Stampede in his father's WISSOTA B-mod.