LaMoure ousted from state B legion tourney

GRAFTON — LaMoure came here as defending champion and winner of two of the past three North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournaments. J.R. Thielges thought his team could contend for another title.
But. . . .
“I thought we could make a run at the title,” Thielges, the LaMoure coach, said. “But you have to do some things right to do that. Obviously, scoring more than two runs a game is a big thing.”
Friday, for the second day in a row, LaMoure was held to two runs. For the second day in a row, it lost -this time by a 3-2 margin to Velva in the loser-out round.
LaMoure managed just five hits, one of them a home run by Gaige Dunn, against Velva left-hander Garrett Wible.
Wible only struck out two. But he gave up only one walk and relied on a defense that didn’t make an error and converted ground balls into 10 outs.
“We just couldn’t hit the ball very well,” Thielges. “(Wible) is the type of pitcher who we usually hit. But he made it tough on us by keeping the ball down and mixing up his pitches.
“We haven’t been hitting the ball really well lately. I wouldn’t say it was a concern for us coming in. I thought we’d hit better.”
Pick up tomorrow’s edition of The Sun to read the full story.

Winners’ bracket third round
Grafton 3, Munich 1
In a matchup of the two remaining unbeatens in the tournament, Colby Aasand sparked Grafton to the win.
Aasand got the pitching win, allowing seven hits while throwing a complete game. Munich’s lone run off him came in the first inning Ben Tohm singled and scored when Travis Becked tripled to the fence in left-center field.
An Aasand solo home run in the third tied the game at 1-1. Grafton scored two more in the fifth. Cole Anderson and Aasand opened the inning with back-to-back singles.
After Paul Dusek’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, Austin Campbell hit a two-run single.
Aasand pitched out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh for the win.

Loser-out games
Casselton 10, Washburn 4
One big inning proved to be the difference.
Casselton took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jacob Mogen tripled and scored on a ground out. Then, in the third inning, Casselton erupted for nine runs, all coming with two out. Alex Jacobson lined a two-run double to right-center field and Brandon Rust and Mike Rose each drove in a pair of runs with singles to highlight the outburst, in which Casselton sent 14 batters to the plate.
Jonathan Lubbers, a 16-year-old right-hander, went the distance, allowing seven hits and two earned runs, to get the pitching win.

North Dakota Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament
In Grafton
Friday’s results
Winners bracket third round
Grafton 3, Munich 1
Grafton 001 020 0 — 3 9 1
Munich 100 000 0 — 1 7 1
WP—Colby Aasand; LP—Alex Anderson
Highlights—G: Aasand 2-2, HR, 2 runs, 1 RBI, Austin Campbell 2-4, 2 RBI, Paul Dusek 1-1; M: Travis Beck 2-3, 2B, 3B, 1 RBI, Blake Klein 2-4, Ben Tohm 2-4, 1 run

Loser-out games
Casselton 10, Washburn 4
Washburn 000 020 2 — 4 7 3
Casselton 109 000 X — 10 6 3
WP—Jonathan Lubbers; LP—Charlie Retterath
Highlights—W: Cody Durkee 2-4, 2B, 1 run, Jeff Rasmussen 3 RBI, Mitch Wachendorf 1-4, 1 RBI; C: Brandon Rust 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 run, Jacob Mogen 1-2, 3B, 3 runs, Alex Jacobson 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 run, Mike Rose 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 run, Jack Wilcox 2 RBI, Zach Prante 1-2, 1 run, 1 RBI

Velva 3, LaMoure 2
LaMoure 000 101 0 — 2 5 2
Velva 200 100 X — 3 7 3
WP—Garrett Wible; LP—Aaron Stemen
Highlights—L: Gaige Dunn 2-3, HR, Stemen 1-3, 1 RBI, Russ Young 1-1; V: Jon Mack 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 run, Ty Bruner 2-4, 1 run, Zach Podoll 1-2, 2B, 1 RBI
DeVillers is a sports writer for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

LaMoure falls to Grafton

By Greg DeVillers
Forum Communications Co.
GRAFTON, N.D. — LaMoure is the defending North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball state champion and has won two of the last three state titles. In 2007, it had to come through the loser-out bracket to win; it faces the same challenge after a second-round loss to Grafton.
Grafton handed LaMoure a 6-2 setback here Thursday in the winners’ bracket second round Thursday at the state tournament.
"I think we’re capable of coming back,’ LaMoure coach J.R. Thielges said. "A lot of these guys were on that (2007) team. They know it can be done. We just have to get our pitching arms ready.’
Pick up tomorrow’s edition of The Sun to read the full story.

Grafton 6, LaMoure 2
Grafton 003 300 0 — 6 8 0
LaMoure 010 001 0 — 2 7 3
WP—Sam Tweten; LP—Gaige Dunn
Highlights—G: Todd Paulson 2-3, 3B, 1 RBI, Alex Cull 1-3, 2 RBI, Tweten 2 runs, Cory Blanchard 1-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, Joe Demers 1-2, 2B; L: Chad Limesand 2-4, 2B, Brett Hample 2-4, Russ Young 1-3, 1 RBI, Zach Stemen 1-3, 1 RBI

State B legion tourney in Grafton

Munich defeated Casselton 8-5 in the winner’s bracket of the North Dakota Class B Legion Baseball Tournament in Grafton on Thursday. We’ll be passing on results of the LaMoure contest later in the evening. Kudos to the Grand Forks Heralds’ Greg Devillers for getting us stories and boxes from the tournament. Thanks, Greg! 

North Dakota Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament
In Grafton
Thursday’s results
Winners bracket second round
Munich 8, Casselton 5
Casselton 011 010 2 0 — 5 5 3
Munich 000 000 5 3 — 8 4 3
WP—Alex Anderson; LP—Mike Rose
Highlights—C: Rose 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, Sam Schumacher 1-3, 3B, 1 run, 1 RBI, Alex Jacobson 1-4, 2 RBI; M: Travis Beck game-winning 3-run HR, Alex Anderson 1-3, 2B, 1 run, 2 RBI, Mitchell Wirth 1-3, 2 RBI

Loser-out games
Velva 5, Watford City 3
Watford City 000 000 3 — 3 8 2
Velva 001 004 X — 5 8 3
WP—Ty Bruner; LP—Ben Haugeberg
Highlights—WC: Trey Jacobson 2-4, Reid Johnson 1-3, 2B, Lucas Nicholson 1-1, 1 RBI, Chris Larsen 1-3, 1 RBI; V: Bruner 8 K, Derek Fahy 2-3, 2B, 1 run, 2 RBI, Bruner 1-2, 1 run, 1 RBI, 3 SB, Jon Mack 1-3, 1 RBI, Chandler Mack 1-3, 1 RBI

Wasburn 17, Valley City 2
Washburn 025 64 — 17 12 1
Valley City 011 00 — 2 3 6
WP—Evan Eberle; LP—Trent Egan
Highlights—W: Cody Durkee 3-5, 2 runs, 5 RBI, Jeff Rasmussen 1-4, 2 RBI, Cole Bender 3-4, 2 2B, 2 runs, Brett Schreiner 2-3, 2 runs, Kirk Sailer 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 runs, Jared Hruby 2-2, 4 runs; VC: Cody Nelson-Olstad 1-2, 2B, 1 RBI, Tony Van Dyke 1-1, 1 RBI

Friday’s games
Loser-out games—Washburn vs. Casselton, 1 p.m.; Velva vs. LaMoure/Grafton loser, 3:30 p.m.; winners’ bracket third round—Munich vs. LaMoure/Grafton winner, 6 p.m.
Games at 3 and 5:30 p.m.
Championship, 1 p.m.; second championship game, if necessary in double-elimination tournament, to follow

This week in The Sun …

Look for features on LaMoure’s Aaron Stemen, Kali Kurtz of Carrington (hopefully), former JC baseball star Erik Church (now a pro), N.D. Hall of Fame inductee Bob King and the 1958 Drayton baseball team – also going into the NDSHOF this weekend.

And other stuff, too.

By the way: Cubs 11, Phillies 6 – butchered that one in the scoreboard.

Jamestown, good night.

Weekend schedule

Friday: Legion baseball cluster at JBS.

Saturday: Legion baseball cluster at JBS, and racing at Jamestown Speedway (7 p.m.).

Sunday: Legion baseball cluster, albeit just 2 games.

In print, look for features on Linton’s Trent Roemmich, Aaron Stemen of LaMoure and the Kurtz girl of Carrington. All 3 are Jamestown College recruits and all are playing in the Lions’ All-Star basketball games Tuesday in Fargo and Wednesday in Bismarck.


Stay out person

A source close to me said gas in Carrington is $2.49 a gallon. Meanwhile, those of us stupid enough to reside here pay $2.79.

Why is that? Why does everything always cost more here? Why are our property taxes No. 2 in the state?

I’m no anti-tax guy, either. Being a proud liberal, I’m generally pro-tax, in fact.

Many things in Jamestown scream to a potential new Jamestownite, "Stay out!"

If anyone wants a tip or two about who not to buy a home from in Jamestown, I am here to help on that front, too.

I’ve been taken behind the woodshed twice, and it is not a positive sensation.

On a sports note, per capita, Carrington equals if not surpasses Jamestown in quality of high school sports teams.

And they have cheaper gas.

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Golf galore

The state Class B girls’ golf is wrapping up its first round in Jamestown today at Hillcrest Golf Course.

The ‘B’ boys are doing the same at CrossRoads in Carrington.

The JHS boys are finishing their season at the West Region meet at Bismarck’s Riverwood.

We’ll post more when we have it.

Randall to Minot State?

Minot State is holding a news conference on Friday to announce the first two recruits for new basketball coach Peter Stewart.

One of them is expected to be Adam Randall, the Mr. Basketball award winner from Kidder County, who scored over 2,100 points in his career.

Randall was heavily sought after by Jamestown College, Mary and others, but appears he’ll be signing with the Beavers, who have one year left in the Dakota Athletic Conference as part of their transition to the NCAA Division II level, where they’re expected to join the NSIC.

Stewart was hired Monday out of original pool of 120 applicants for the job. He was  runner-up for the job 12 years ago and also lost out on the U-Mary job last year. He went 124-80 in eight seasons at Peninsula College (Wash.).

Piatz on Badlands Bowl roster

Jamestown High School’s Jordan Piatz has been named to the 2010 Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl roster.

The annual game pits the top prep football players in North Dakota and Montana. This year’s matchup is June 19 in Dickinson.

Piatz, headed to Northern State next season to play wide receiver, finished his prep career with 114 receptions for 1,986 yards for the Blue Jays, including 22 touchdowns. This past season he had 46 catches for 703 yards and 6 scores.

He also played defensive back and linebacker during his career for the Blue Jays.
Carrington’s Devin Barton, recently named to the Class B all state boys’ basketball team, was also picked for the team. Barton is headed to UND to play football in the fall.

Also selected was Lisbon’s Adam Coykendall.

Team North Dakota
Preston Blinsky, Bruce Govig, Garrett Jacobs, Ethan Smallbeck and Jake Glass of Bismarck Century; Esley Thorton, Carson Winkels, Nick Jolliffe, Skye Miller, Jake Miller and Calvin Krueger of Bismarck; Devin Barton of Carrington; Mike Mortenson, Austin Fridrich and Aaron Grinsteinner of Dickinson Trinity; Josh Hooey, Gerad Fugleberg, Zac Johnson and Sam Callahan of Fargo South; Tyler Gefroh and Elby Pope of Grand Forks Red River; Baylee Carr of Hazen; Jordan Piatz of Jamestown; Travis Beck of Langdon-Munich; Adam Coykendall of Lisbon; Wyatt Zietz of Minot; Jared Wolf of New Salem; Nic Pfeifer of North Prairie; Grant Singer of Turtle Lake-Mercer; Ryan Smith and Kyle Iverson of Wahpeton; Derek Thompson of Watford City; and Scott Schiller and Jake Bucholz of West Fargo.

Randall, Stemen, Barton named all-state

Kidder County standout Adam Randall has been named first team all -state, while LaMoure star Aaron Stemen and Carrington big man Devin Barton have been named to the second team.

Randall, the only repeat first-team selection, averaged 26.1 points, 4.1 assists and 2 steals per game for the Pirates, who finished fourth at the state tournament. He was also Class B’s senior athlete of the year and finished his career with more than 2,000 points while earning all-state honors for the third year in a row.

Randall has narrowed his college choices to Jamestown College, Minot State and Mary – in no particular order.

Stemen, a 6-4 senior guard, was pivotal in thet Loboes’ run to the Region 3 championship game. Stemen had per-game averages of 18.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3.2 blocks and 3 steals.

Stemen is a future Jimmie.

Barton, a 6-6 senior center was the state tournament MVP, helping the Cardinals capture the state title. He averaged 16 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Barton is headed to UND to play football