Lillejord, Iverson top Jays

BISMARCK — Two Blue Jays combined for three state championships at the Class A state track and field meet on Saturday.

Andy Lillejord closed out his strong season with a first and one second to give the Jamestown High School senior two firsts, one second and a third on the weekend at the Bismarck Community Bowl.

Lillejord played a big part in the Jays’ impressive fifth-place finish as a team overall with 69.50 points. In fact at one point Saturday morning, they were in first place — even ahead of the big, bad Demons.

“We couldn’t have asked for much more out of our kids,” coach Ken Gardner said. “We had lots of (personal records) and some others that were really close.

“We talked all year about having the kids performing their best at the end of the season and they were able to do that at the state meet. It was an exciting day. The kids felt good about what they accomplished.”

Nikki Iverson, with still one year to go, highlighted the girls’ 10th-place finish with a victory in the triple jump. The JHS junior led after the prelims and then blew the field away on her second jump of the finals, soaring 36 feet, 6 and 1/2 inches, or nearly two feet farther than anybody else.

“It’s satisfying to end the year like this,” Iverson said. “I felt strong and relaxed. I guess it was my time.”

Tate Carlson overcame a tender hamstring late in the season to finish with a fourth-place run in the 110 hurdles in a PR of 15.77, finishing behind three studs in Grand Forks Red River’s Ryan Todhunter, who set a new state record of 14.26, Jordan Maurer (15.43) of Mandan and North Dakota State football recruit Brendan Jemison (15.57) of Fargo South.

The Slusser twins finished off their long, productive careers in blue and white with PRs.
Jordan placed sixth in the mile in 1:59.06. Justin shaved over 10 seconds off his previous best in the 3200, crossing seventh in a time of 9:45.25.

“All of our seniors performed well, both Friday and Saturday,” Gardner said. “There are a bunch of good leaders in there. They did a great job of showing by example what it takes to be successful.”

Ashley Mueller wrapped up her sophomore season with two placing efforts in the hurdle races, including as PR of 47.46 in a sixth-place finish in the 300. She was also eighth in the 100 (17.36).

Junior Kara Nygaard and promising eighth-grader Allison Allmer also had career bests in their respective events.

Nygaard cleared 5-2 for a solid sixth-place finish in the high jump. Allmer, meanwhile, trimmed nearly three seconds off her previous fastest 800 time, getting on the awards stand with a time of 2:21.40 for eighth
 

Jays fall short of state

MANDAN — The Jamestown High School baseball team fell one win shy of getting to play in the state tournament — at home.
Bismarck Century scored four first inning runs and Tate Leapaldt fired a three-hit shutout in a 10-0, five-inning win in a state-qualifier on Saturday at Mandan’s Memorial Ballpark.
The loss was a difficult one for the Jays, who stayed alive on Friday with a 10-inning victory. They finished the season at 11-13.
“It was a very disappointing end to the season. I think our goal to play on the last day of the state tournament was a reasonable one, and to not achieve that is a major disappointment,” coach Cory Anderson said. “Today we made mistakes we should not be making at this point in the season. From the head coach to every last player on our team, this can’t be acceptable.
“The beautiful thing about baseball is in the end, it all comes down on your own shoulders. You either find a way to get it done, or you don’t. It’s nobody else’s fault. Unfortunately, we just weren’t able to get it done.”
West Region Baseball Tournament
At Mandan
State-qualifying games
Bismarck Century 10, Jamestown 0, 5 Innings
Jamestown 000 00 — 0 3 1
Bismarck Century 410 05 — 10 12 2
Ben Walker, Brandon Gange (5) and Dakota Walker. Tate Leapaldt and Greg Hilzedeger. W—Leapaldt. L—Walker (2-5).
Records: Bismarck Century 17-12; Jamestown 11-13.

Williston 3, Bismarck St. Mary’s 0
St. Mary’s 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Williston 111 000 x — 3 9 0
Nick Bury, James Carroll (2) and Nick Jangula. Alex Hanson and Jacob Axtman. W—Hanson. L—Bury. HR—Williston, Shawn Egge.
Records: Williston 18-10; Bismarck St. Mary’s 14-15.

Championship
Dickinson 4, Minot 1
Dickinson 030 000 1 — 4 6 0
Minot 000 001 0 — 1 7 0
Ross Kovacs, Michael Steve (6) and Steve, Ryan Jones (6). Alex Fornshell, Josh Oothoudt (6) and Brett Fiddler. W—Kovacs. L—Fornshell. Save—Steve.
Records: Dickinson 20-9; Minot 21-6.
 

Bjone, Stark finish fourth

Tania Bjone and Megan Stark finished their high school careers with a fourth-place finish at the state tennis tournament in Minot.
After a pair of upset wins on Friday, the JHS seniors ran into two of the top teams in the state in the semifinals and then the third-place match, falling twice in straight sets.
Needless to say, spirits were still high after a strong showing in the Magic City.
“We’re just so happy about our play in this tournament. The girls really played quality tennis both days. It was great fun to watch,” coach Tricia Gaffaney said.