One Run Enough for Jays in Pitchers Duel

MINOT, N.D. ( – Ben Friebel matched Century starter Ian McDonald pitch for pitch over seven innings at the West Region baseball tournament in Minot. The one thing he didn’t do is make an error with a runner on third base; McDonald did and that was all Friebel needed. The Jamestown senior made a 1-0 score hold up as the 7th-seeded Jays upset seconded-seeded Century. 

In the third inning with Drew Murray at third base, McDonald’s wild pick-off thrown to first scored the game’s only run. Murray had the Jays lone hit earlier in the inning. 

The two pitchers combined to face just three over the minimum over seven incredible innings. McDonald allowed just one hit and struck out eight. Friebel struck out five while giving up two hits. 

The game was played in just one hour and 14 minutes after starting two hours and 45 minutes late. 

Jamestown moves to the West Region semifinals for the first time since 2013 and will play Minot at 6:30pm. You can listen to the coverage on ESPN Jamestown

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Broadcast Schedule: May




Here is this week’s sports broadcast schedule. All local broadcasts streamed online.



Monday, May 22

KDAK: HSB – New Rockford/Sheyenne vs. Medina/PB 12pm

KDAK: HSB – Midkota vs. Kidder County 2pm

KDAK: HSB – Carrington vs. Game 1 winner 4pm

KQDJ: HSSB – Jamestown vs. Turtle Mountain 5pm

Thursday, May 25

KOVC: HSSB – Valley City vs Fargo North (EDC Tournament) 2:00pm

KQDJ: HSSB – Jamestown vs. Century 3pm

KQDJ: HSB – Jamestown vs. Century 4:45pm

Friday, May 26th

KOVC: HSSB – Valley City vs Shanley 12:00pm

KQDJ: HSSB – Jamestown vs. Legacy 1pm

KQDJ: HSB – Jamestown vs. Minot 6:30pm



 ** All times are approximate. If you have any comments, concerns or questions on the schedule or our sports broadcasts please email Steve Linzmeier ( **

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Geisler Repeats as NAIA Javelin National Champion

GULF SHORES, AL ( Valley City State University sophomore Seri Geisler won her second straight national championship on Thursday, successfully defending her javelin title during the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

Geisler launched a school-record throw of 52.68 meters (172 feet, 10.25 inches) in the finals as she won the event by more than 12 feet, besting a field of 25 throwers.

A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., Geisler entered the the meet with the top throw in the nation at 51.16 meters and delivered on her ranking. The women’s javelin was expected to be a two-person race between Geisler and Bailey Dell (Northwest Christian), and it was just that. Both were in the first flight, allowing them to go throw-for-throw throughout the day. 

Dell had the lead after the first round with a mark of 47.61 meters. Geisler took the lead with a throw of 48.56 meters in the second round. She took that lead into finals, but Dell answered back by regaining the lead with a 48.76 mark on her first attempt of finals. Dell’s lead did not last long though as the next person up was Geisler, who answered the call by launching her national championship throw that all but put the event away. 

“Seri dug deep with a personal best throw in the finals to win the national title,” said VCSU head coach Chris Johnson. “She responded, to say the least.”

It is just the second national title ever in VCSU women’s athletics history, both of which are by Geisler. She also won the javelin title last season with her previous school-record throw of 51.37 meters (168 feet, 6 3/4 inches). 

On Thursday, Geisler had four of the top five throws in the event, including the top two throws of 52.68 and 49.29 meters. 

Geisler will now shift her focus to the women’s shot put competition where she competes Friday along with teammate Mackenzie Huber. The women’s shot put is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday.  

VCSU’s Megan Johnson finishes 26th in women’s long jump

Valley City State University junior Megan Johnson (Enderlin, N.D.) placed 26th in a large field of women’s long jumpers Thursday at the NAIA Championships. 

Johnson entered the event ranked 38th out of 47 jumpers, but improved her ranking by 12 spots in the final standings. Johnson went 5.24 meters in her first attempt. She followed that up with her best mark of the day, a 5.36 meter jump (17 feet, 7 inches) that earned her 26th in the large field. 

The winning mark was 5.91 meters in a competitive event. The top five finishers were separated by just two inches. 




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Six Run 3rd Sinks Hi-Liners in EDC Opener

FARGO, N.D. ( Fargo North scored 9 of their 10 runs with 2 outs and pulled ahead with a big 6 run 3rd to beat Valley City 10-7 in the opening round of The EDC Softball Tournament Thursday in Fargo. The Spartans advance to the championship semifinals Friday at 6 against Sheyenne, The Hi-Liners will play Shanley in an elimination game at noon. Coverage starts 10 minutes before 1st pitch on KOVC and

 North got on the scoreboard first with a two out RBI double from Sami Trana in the bottom of the 1st inning. Becca Thompson gave Valley City the lead with a 2 run home run in the 2nd. The score would stand until the 3rd. With two outs The Spartans produced 6 runs on 4 hits and took advantage of 2 Hi-Liner errors to go ahead 7-2. 

Valley City cut into North’s lead with a home run to straight away center from Emily Murray in the 4th and run in the 5th. With the game at 7-4, The Spartans added 3 more runs in the 5th to pull ahead 10-4. Needing 6 runs to keep the game going Valley City started the 7th with back to back singles from Thompson and pinch hitter Jayda Haugen. An error allowed Thompson to come home and Haugen scored on a ground out by Kacee White. Down to their final strike Mackenzie Pederson hit a double that brought home Eliza Schueneman bringing the score to 10-7. North starter Sami Trana was able to force a pop up to second to get the final out and end the game. 

Trana got the complete game win with 7 strike outs allowing 4 earned runs. Thompson lasted 2.1, just 1 of the 7 runs allowed were earned. Hailey Schaefer pitched the final 3.1 giving 3 runs on 4 hits with 4Ks. 

Thompson was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs, Kacee White brought in 2 runs. Trana helped her own cause leading North with 3 hits and 2 RBI. 

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Potts Named North Star SID of The Year

MADISON, S.D.( Valley City State University’s Mark Potts has been named the North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday during the NSAA Summit meetings in Watertown, S.D.

Potts, VCSU’s director for sports information since 2013, was one of several people honored with awards Wednesday. Ed Lehotak of Bellevue University was named the Athletic Director of the Year, Marie Miller of Presentation College was named the Faculty Athletic Representative of the Year, and Brad Gilbert from Dakota State was named the Athletic Trainer of the Year.

Potts just completed his fourth season leading the Sports Information Department at VCSU. Under his guidance, Viking Athletics has greatly improved its presence online and on social media. He is responsible for overseeing the VCSU Athletics website – – and social media accounts.

This year Potts led the creation of a new VCSU Athletics mobile app in conjunction with SIDhelp. The app launched in January and has been downloaded by 650 users. Potts took on a large role in the revamped Viking Awards Banquet this spring and the first North Star Baseball Honors Banquet, held in Valley City before the NSAA Baseball Championships. He also served as tournament SID for the Baseball Championships.

On a day-to-day basis Potts is responsible for all VCSU athletic publicity, including communication with local media, stats and record-keeping, stories, photos and videos. He also oversees VCSU’s live video streaming of home events and various aspects of game management.

Potts will now be nominated by the conference for the NAIA Sports Information Director of the Year Award.

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Hi-Liner Tennis Punches Ticket to State

FARGO, N.D. ( Valley City girls’ tennis will return to state after going 2-1 in The EDC Dual Tournament Thursday in Fargo. The Hi-Liners started the day defeating Davies 3-2 to move to the championship semifinals. Going up against the defending state champion Sheyenne Mustangs Valley City was downed 4-1. In their qualifying match The Hi-Liners roared back to sweep Fargo South 5-0 and move on to state as a team. Valley City was awarded the 4th seed out of the east, they play No 1 seed Minot in the first round of the dual tournament Thursday in Grand Forks. The EDC tournament continues Friday and Saturday with the individual tournament. 

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Jamestown Falls to No. 2 Century in WDA Softball Tourney

JAMESTOWN, N.D.  (  The Jamestown Blue Jay Softball team opened up the West Region Softball Tourney on Thursday afternoon with a matchup against the Bismarck Century Patriots at Trapper Field.  The Patriots (20-11) defeated the Jays 8-1 and will move into the semifinal on Friday afternoon at 5pm, Jamestown drops to 16-18 overall and will play at 1pm Friday afternoon.

The game was scoreless through four and two-thirds innings, but that all changed with one swing of the bat when Eighth grader and starting pitcher Madison Zander hit a 3-run homerun to left field scoring Grace Meschke and Kelsey Mischel.  Bismarck added five more runs in the sixth inning.  Zander was the winning pitcher, going the distance allowing one run, five hits, four strikeouts and no walks.  Freshman Alex Nihill took the loss, working five and a third, nine hits, five runs, three earned and one homerun.  Eighth grader Payton Gall worked two-thirds of an inning, allowed three runs, zero earned.

Senior Mariah Wick had a nice afternoon at the plate for Blue Jays, going 3-for-4 with a double, a single and scored a run.  Junior Olivia Nihill and Senior Joey Kleinsasser had one hit each.  Zander at the plate for the Patriots was 2-for-4 with a 3-run homerun, a single and three RBI.  Freshman Kelsey Mischel was 3-for-3, all singles and scored two runs.

Pregame will start about 12:50pm on AM 1400 KQDJ/97.1 FM and, first pitch about 1pm on Friday afternoon.

Jamestown 1/5/8/7

Bismarck 8/9/5/6                 

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Two Valley City Students Receive First Place in Statewide Essay Contest

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( – Kellen Westman and Clorissa Nelson of Valley City were awarded first place prizes for their essay’s that focused on why it’s important to vote.

Westman is a 3rd grader from Valley City. He said it was important for many people to have a decision in the voting process. He received a 1st place award for his essay in the Statewide competition of the North Dakota AmVets Americanism Essay Contest. He also received a 1st place award for his essay in the Barnes County contest.

Nelson is a 5th grader from Valley City. She said voting gives you a voice, it’s important for people to vote for others in this country. She received a 1st place award for her essay in the Statewide competition of the North Dakota AmVets Americanism Essay Contest. She also received a 3rd place award for her essay in the Barnes County contest.

The two received a monetary gift of $100 apiece for being a statewide winner. Both of their essay’s will be submitted for the national contest, the winners will be announced later this year.

Kellen Westman of Valley City.

Kellen Westman of Valley City is 3rd grade statewide essay contest winner.


Clorissa Nelson of Valley City the 5th grade statewide essay contest winner.

Clorissa Nelson of Valley City is the 5th grade statewide essay contest winner.

L to R Clorissa Nelson and Kellen Westman. Photos by Steve Urness.

L to R Clorissa Nelson and Kellen Westman. Photos by Steve Urness.


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