LOCAL CLIPBOARD: In tennis, East Grand Forks's Jones finishes third at state
GIRLS TENNIS EGF's Jones finishes third MINNEAPOLIS -- East Grand Forks Senior High's Jessamy Jones finished third at the Minnesota state Class A singles tournament on Friday at the Reed Sweatt Tennis Complex. In the semifinals, Jones lost to sop...
EGF's Jones finishes third
MINNEAPOLIS -- East Grand Forks Senior High's Jessamy Jones finished third at the Minnesota state Class A singles tournament on Friday at the Reed Sweatt Tennis Complex.
In the semifinals, Jones lost to sophomore Sonya Das of St. Paul Academy 6-2, 6-3. Das went on to lose to Amber Washington of Mounds Park Academy in the championship match.
Das beat Jones in last year's third-place match at state.
"It was a goal to finish better at state this year than last year," Senior High coach Jim Wyatt said. "When we saw the draw, we thought there was a good chance she could be in a position to do that. It was just a matter of going out and taking care of business. Jessamy did today."
Jones, whose loss to Das was her first defeat of the year, beat Annandale's Kaytlin Kuefler in the third-place match 6-2, 6-4.
"That probably wasn't her prettiest match of the year," Wyatt said. "Both players play similar style. Both were a little tight. There was the pressure of the situation and a couple of long days of tennis. It was kind of a battle of wills as much as anything. There were lots of balls in play. Jessamy was more patient and consistent. She got a couple of big shots at big times."
Thief River Falls 3,
EGF Senior High 0
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Brooke Yaggie and Crystal Amundson each had eight kills to lead No. 1 Thief River Falls past No. 4 East Grand Forks Senior High in a 25-16, 25-11, 25-11 victory Friday in the Minnesota Section 8AA tournament.
Karly Nelson had seven kills to lead Senior High. The loss ends the Green Wave season with a 12-17 overall record.
- College volleyball: Northland College defeated Rainy River 3-0 on Friday in the NJCAA Region 13B tournament in Thief River Falls. Jessica Fontes, a former East Grand Forks Sacred Heart standout, registered 13 kills and 12 blocks to lead the Pioneers. Brianna Spong chipped in 10 kills and 19 blocks for Northland, which improved to 23-2.
- College football: Northland College hosts Ridgewater at 3 p.m. today in the semifinals of the MCAC playoffs in Thief River Falls.