Jamestown earns first state championship

It was everything she ever dreamed of.

After Jamestown secured a 22-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12 win over Century Saturday night in the Class A state championship, streamers and confetti fluttered down on Blue Jays senior Addie Eamon.

It wasn’t a fairy tale. It was Jamestown’s first state title in program history, and it came on the back of Eamon, the Blue Jays’ all-state middle blocker.

“Incredible,” said Eamon, with joyful tears in her eyes. “It’s incredible. It’s like a weight off my shoulders. I’m so proud of my team.”

Eamon had a match-best 24 kills as Jamestown twice fought back from a set down.

Century held a 7-4 advantage and led as late as 11-10. But Eamon dropped three kills in the final five points to make history for her school.

She said her team’s comeback win culminates a dream season, where the Blue Jays won 25 of their final 26 matches.

“We knew what we had to do,” she said. “We knew that we wanted this, we knew that we worked all season for this and it all showed.”

Jamestown rode early leads in the second and fourth sets to even the match. They scored the first five points of the second frame and the first three of the fourth.

The Blue Jays’ two other first-team all-staters helped Eamon carry the load. Josie Hegerle, who was named the Class A senior athlete of the year, notched 51 assists and 17 digs. Senior libero McKayla Orr posted a match-high 37 digs. Junior defensive specialist Julina Niemeier had 27 digs and was named to the all-tournament team.

Katie Scherr and Hadley Rosales led the Patriots with 17 and 15 kills, respectively, and Shay Bense had 55 assists.

Jamestown’s happily-ever-after finish had a storybook ending, but it wasn’t without some tense moments. Sure enough, Eamon wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I can’t even describe it,” she said. “It’s everything I could ever ask for.”

Notes: Fargo South first-team all-state sophomore Emily Stroup continued her stellar play Saturday morning with a 30-kill outing against Bismarck High. She finished the tournament with a Class A record 74 kills and also notched 43 digs and 33 assists to average a triple-double. … Shanley’s Curt Johnson was named the Class A coach of the year.

Ryan Holmgren covers high school sports and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.