Meghan Ford and Brady Yoder have been voted No. 1 in the state cross country coaches' poll most of the fall. Saturday they showed why, with gusto. Ford completely ran away from the field and Yoder won with ease at the Western Dakota Association cross country championships on the McDowell Dam course. In the 5-K girls race, Ford, a Jamestown sophomore, was clocked in 18:02.92, placing her more than 45 seconds ahead of her closest pursuer, Kayla Ogle of Watford City. Ogle ran an 18:48.21 and Kelby Rinas of Mandan, the defending state Class A champion, placed third in 18:52.46.
Class B took awhile to get rolling offensively, but the defense was there all night. Holding Class A to 29 percent shooting with 27 turnovers, Class B claimed an 83-64 victory Monday night in the Lions All-Star basketball series at Legacy High School. Elliot Rotvold of Hillsboro-Central Valley, head coach of the Class B team, said Jacob Rodin set the pace defensively as the small school team won for just the second time in 10 games. "Jacob Rodin's defense set a great tone for us. He guarded a 2, 3 and 4. He's just as athletic as can be," Rotvold said.
BISMARCK—The Optimist East-West All-Star Volleyball match Tuesday evening had enough ups and downs for a trampoline convention. After digging out of three holes, the West team took a 3-2 decision from the East at Century High School's Olson gym. Match scores were 25-18, 26-24, 17-25, 21-25, 15-11. With the victory, the West earned a sweep of this year's two-match series. The West won 3-1 Monday in West Fargo with all but one of the games decided by two points.
It wasn't always pretty, but tournament time isn't about earning style points. Top-seeded Jamestown had a hog-wrestle on its hands on Thursday with Bismarck, but reached the ultimate goal, a berth in the state Class A volleyball tournament. Jamestown outlasted fifth-seeded and upset-minded Bismarck in four sets in the semifinals of the West Region volleyball tournament at Mandan High School. Scores were 25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-21 in what Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle termed an absolute battle.
Mojo. Webster defines mojo as a magic spell, talisman, hex or a charm. One thing is certain. In the uncertain world of athletics, it's much more difficult to gain mojo than lose it. Jamestown's volleyball team has regained it. The Blue Jays were sailing along with just one loss when they had a so-so Fargo Scheels tournament followed by a five-set loss to Century.
MANDAN—Hayden Reynolds has been playing baseball most of his life, but he can't recall anything like Thursday's game. Reynolds, a senior first baseman, drilled two home runs and knocked in seven runs as West Fargo Sheyenne overpowered Jamestown 15-4 at the Class A state tournament in Mandan. Jamestown trailed 2-1 before the Mustangs erupted for 13 runs in the top of the fifth inning. Reynolds thumped a grand slam over the 338-foot sign in left field to give an exclamation mark to the Mustangs' 13-run fifth.
Voters didn't have to look far when it came time to choose this year's state Class A all-state girls basketball team. They just dusted off last year's team and returned three players to the elite 10. Tylee Irwin, a 6-foot senior forward from Wahpeton and Akealy Moton, a 6-0 senior forward from West Fargo, return to the first team. Moving up from the second team is 6-foot senior Regan Dennis of Century. Completing the first team are Megan Zander, a 5-10 sophomore from Mandan, and Lexi Robson, a 5-7 senior from Grand Forks Red River.
Maybe it was that senior disadvantage Legacy has been trying to overcome all season coming back to roost one last time. "For us as a team it was definitely pride," Jamestown senior Ben Hanson said after the Blue Jays' 24-22 win over Legacy on Saturday. "There are 19 seniors and we wanted to finish the season on a high note." Jamestown reached that goal, finishing the season at 2-7, but not without a couple of scares in the second half. The Blue Jays went into intermission with a 24-9 lead, but during the halftime break their offensive battery went dead.