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Jamestown High School track standout Meghan Ford won't be dealing with 90-degree temperatures at this year's Class A state track and field championships, but the competition will still remain blazing hot this Friday and Saturday at the Bismarck Community Bowl. The sophomore won the 1,600-meter race last spring, which was her first-ever track championship. Ford, winner of the 2018 Class A state cross country championship, will compete in the 1,600 on Friday, while running in the 3,200 and 800 on Saturday.
Coming out of secluded Central Washington University journalism school in December of 2017, not many newspapers around the country gave me a chance at full-time sports writing. The only newspaper that gave me an interview, let alone a full-time job with great pay and benefits, was The Jamestown Sun. I was offered the job while I still had a month left of college, while some graduates struggle to find anything months after graduation.
Jamestown High School boys golf had its second-best finish of the year on Monday, May 20 at Links of North Dakota in Williston. The Blue Jays shot a 345 during the Williston Invitational, good for fifth place on the afternoon. Jamestown shot a team-low 330 on May 11 at the Turtle Mountain Invite, which placed it fourth at the event. "We played OK today," said Blue Jay coach John Samuelson. "Fifth place at the Links of North Dakota is a solid finish for us." Jamestown's Hunter Mitchell rebounded on Monday with an 82, after shooting a 103 back on May 14 in Minot.
Jamestown High School and Bismarck Century played another close girls tennis match Monday, May 20, during West Region play-in action at Bolinger Tennis Courts. The Blue Jays and Patriots went down to the final match on April 26 with Jamestown winning 5-4 after trailing in the final doubles match 5-4. But Monday's result didn't go the way of the Blue Jays.
Jamestown High School showed off its scrappiness as a baseball team on Monday, May 20, during a West Region tournament play-in game at Jack Brown Stadium. The seventh-seeded Blue Jays pushed across five runs on five hits against No. 10 Bismarck St. Mary's as they defeated the Saints 5-1 and advanced to the WDA baseball tournament starting Thursday at Bismarck's Municipal Ballpark. Jamestown (13-10) opens with Bismarck Century (25-3) in the third contest of the day.
Jack Brown Stadium will play host to one more high school baseball game this spring after all. Sixth-seeded Minot solidified its spot in the West Region Tournament on Friday afternoon with a 11-1, five-inning victory over Dickinson. The Magicians' victory gave Jamestown the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 Bismarck St. Mary's on Monday, May 20, at 5 p.m. in a WDA play-in game.
Most Jamestown senior ball players want to take in their final time pitching in a high school baseball game at historic Jack Brown Stadium. Starting pitcher Aaron Kleven? Not so much. The senior, possibly pitching in his first and last high school home game, didn't mess around on Thursday, May 16, as Kleven threw three innings, allowed zero runs, four hits and only threw 38 pitches as the Blue Jays defeated Bismarck St. Mary's 25-0 in five innings during game 1. Kleven recorded the save in game 2 as Jamestown won 11-8 over St. Mary's.
Edgeley-Kulm's Isaac Huber has been crushing his senior Class B track season The North Dakota State University track and field commit is leading the 3200-meter rankings by 23 seconds (9 minutes, 13.71 seconds), the 1600 by six (4:17.72) and the 800 by five (1:55.76). But that doesn't mean Huber still doesn't have some goals in mind.
There's a first for everything, and Jamestown High School softball accomplished one of those on Tuesday, May 14 at Trapper Field. Payton Gall pitched one-run ball over seven innings and the Blue Jays broke a 1-all tie with Dickinson with two runs in the third inning of game 1, as Jamestown defeated Dickinson for the first time ever, 3-1. The Midgets got the best of the Blue Jays in game 2, however, winning 10-7. Jamestown broke a three-game losing streak with the victory and improved to 12-10, while Dickinson bumped up to 19-7.
The Jamestown High School boys golf team finally found a team-friendly course on Saturday, May 11. The Blue Jays had their best showing of the year at Garden Gates Golf Course in Dunseith, as they shot a team-low 330 and finished a team-best fourth at the Turtle Mountain Invitational. Garden Gates will hold the West Region tournament on May 28, where the top six teams head to Bois de Sioux Golf Course in Wahpeton for state.