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Class A state baseball and softball previews

Class A state baseball tournament At Jack Brown Stadium, JamestownBismarck Century Patriots (West No. 1) vs. Fargo South Bruins (East No. 4), 10:30 a.m.CenturyCoaches: Mike Gustavsson, Kent SchweigertRecord: 29-6State titles: 0State trips: 8Last ...

Class A state baseball tournament

At Jack Brown Stadium, Jamestown
Bismarck Century Patriots (West No. 1) vs. Fargo South Bruins (East No. 4), 10:30 a.m.
Century
Coaches: Mike Gustavsson, Kent Schweigert
Record: 29-6
State titles: 0
State trips: 8
Last trip: 2015, seventh
Notes: The Patriots feature a deep pitching staff, led by University of Missouri commit Dalton Feeney, whose fastball sits in the low 90s. ... Century hasn't won a state title, but has been to a state championship game, losing to Mandan in 2010. ... The offense scored 20 runs in three games at the West Region Tournament. ... Feeney, Ian McDonald, Alex Horner and Alex Jacob were named to the all-tournament team. Feeney was the West Region senior athlete of the year.

Fargo South
Coach: Donn Bryant
Record: 14-20
State titles: 1 (2011)
State trips: 9
Last trip: 2011, champion
Notes: Fargo South is making its first trip in five years, ending Class A's second-longest drought (Devils Lake has the longest, last went in 2010). ... The Bruins are returning to the site where they won a championship, as David Ernst's no-hitter paved the way for a 3-0 win over West Fargo in 2011. ... Fargo South was seeded seventh for the East Region Tournament and lost in the first round. However, it came back with a 2-0 win over third-seeded Fargo North and beat No. 8 Devils Lake 2-0 to go to state.

Fargo Davies Eagles (East No. 2) vs. Dickinson Midgets (West No. 3), approximately 1:30 p.m.
Dickinson
Coach: Pete Dobitz
Record: 26-9
State titles: 4 (2001, 04, 07, 09)
Last trip: 2014, fourth
Notes: The Midgets are making their 12th appearance, which is tied for Williston for the most in all of Class A. Dickinson is gunning for its fifth state title. No other team has more than two. ... Michael McChesney and Cam Jorda were named to the West Region all-tournament team. ... Dickinson made the tournament by way of a 5-3 win over Minot, the fifth time the Midgets had defeated the Magicians this season.

Davies
Coach: Hans Anderson
Record: 20-16
State titles: 0
State trips: 4
Last trip: 2015, runner-up
Notes: Davies is back after losing the state championship 8-4 to Mandan last season. The Eagles have only missed state once (2014) in their five-year existence. ... Davies allowed only six runs in three games at the East Region Tournament. It beat Fargo South 7-4, downed Fargo Shanley 6-1 and fell 1-0 to West Fargo Sheyenne. The Eagles were picked sixth in the preseason coaches poll, but were the No. 2 seed for the region tournament.
West Fargo Sheyenne Mustangs (East No. 1) vs. Williston Coyotes (West No. 4), 3:30 p.m.
Sheyenne
Coach: Joel Swanson
Record: 21-14
State titles: 0
State trips: 0
Last trip: None
Notes: The Mustangs won the East Region Tournament title in their first season as a varsity program. Seeded fifth, they knocked off Grand Forks Red River 4-0, beat Devils Lake 7-1 and then edged Fargo Davies 1-0 for the title on a home run in the seventh from Andrew Enno. Brady Behl pitched a complete-game shutout as part of a staff that allowed only one run in the tournament.

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Williston
Coach: Aaron Finders
Record: 19-16
State titles: 1 (2008)
State trips: 12
Last trip: 2012, eighth
Notes: Williston was picked seventh in West Region preseason coaches poll, but finished fourth in the regular season. The Coyotes bested Mandan 2-0 to earn their trip in a state-qualifier. ... Caleb Owens was named to the all-tournament team. Finders was named West Region coach of the year. ... Williston, along with Dickinson, is making its 12th trip to state, which is the most of any team in Class A. The Coyotes' last trip in 2012 was its eighth straight.

Bismarck High Demons (West No. 2) vs. West Fargo Packers (East No. 3), approximately 6 p.m.
Bismarck
Coach: Jim Patton
Record: 26-9
State titles: 2 (2003, 14)
State trips: 10
Last trip: 2014, champion
Notes: The Demons are making a return to the Class A state tournament after last season's absence broke a run of three straight appearances that was capped by the program's second state championship. ... Bismarck allowed just three runs combined in the West Region Tournament, all three coming in the championship game. ... Mason Fode, Andrew Feist and Harris Rice were named to the all-tournament team.

West Fargo
Coach: Brett Peterson
Record: 24-11
State titles: 1 (2012)
State trips: 9
Last trip: 2015, third
Notes: West Fargo was top-seeded in the East Region Tournament, but fell 1-0 to eighth-seeded Devils Lake in the opening round. The Packers rebounded with a 3-2 win over Grand Forks Red River and a 7-1 triumph of Fargo Shanley to earn their spot. ... West Fargo is making its seventh consecutive trip to state, losing in the semifinals a year ago.

Class A state softball tournament

At Trapper Field, Jamestown
Dickinson High Midgets (West No. 1) vs. Fargo North Spartans (East No. 4), 10 a.m.
Dickinson
Coach: Amanda Mickey
Record: 31-3
State trips: 5
Last trip: 2015, runner-up
Notes: The Midgets received standout pitching in the West Region Tournament, allowing only two runs in three games. ... Dickinson is looking to get back to the state championship game after falling 13-0 to West Fargo last season. ... Jordan McNeilly, Emilie Sickler, Sarah Dobitz, Abby Jones and Madi Jahner were named all-West Region. Jahner was the West Region senior athlete of the year. Mickey was the West Region coach of the year.

Fargo North
Coach: Scott Swanson
Record: 10-21
State trips: 7
Last trip: 2014, eighth
Notes: The Spartans are back after missing the state tournament for the first time since softball was sanctioned in 2009. ... Fargo North made state, despite losing to Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove-Park Christian (Minn.) in the opening round of the East Region Tournament. The Spartans were a No. 6 seed and rebounded with wins over Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River behind an offense that scored 23 runs in three games. ... Junior Sami Trana was named all-East Region.

Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove-Park Christian Deacons (East No. 2) vs. Minot Bishop Ryan Lions (West No. 3), approximately 12:30 p.m.
Shanley-Oak Grove-Park Christian
Coach: Chad Slyter
Record: 19-6
State trips: 6
Last trip: 2015, seventh
Notes: The Deacons made a run to the East Region championship game after earning the No. 3 seed in the regular season and then knocking off second-seeded Valley City 5-3 in the semifinals to pick up their third consecutive trip to state. ... The Deacons won 14 of their first 15 games of the regular season ... Elena Linster, Molly Schmidt and Lauren Rotunda were named to the all-East Region team.

Bishop Ryan
Coach: Julie Stewart
Record: 19-15
State trips: 8
Last trip: 2015, third
Notes: Ryan and West Fargo are the only two teams remaining in the state to have never missed out on the state tournament since softball was sanctioned in 2009. ... The Lions went to three consecutive state championship games from 2012 to 2014, falling in all three to West Fargo. ... Ryan has been to the state semifinals five of seven years including the last four ... Emma Garber and Sheyenne Schmidt were named to the all-West Region team.
West Fargo Packers (East No. 1) vs. Bismarck High Demons (West No. 4), 3 p.m.
West Fargo
Coach: Pat Johnson
Record: 28-4
State trips: 8
Last trip: 2015, champion
Notes: The Packers have won every state championship since the sport was sanctioned in 2009. ... Their only in-state loss this season was 14-9 to Bismarck Century, which did not make the state tournament. ... They enter state on a 10-game winning streak. ... The Packers allowed just three runs in the East Region Tournament. ... Senior Santana Roder and juniors Gabby Dubois, Sami Dullum, Stephi Dullum and Morgan Geiszler were named to the all-East Region team.

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Bismarck
Coach: Kurt Greinsteiner
Record: 23-11
State trips: 5
Last trip: 2014, sixth
Notes: Bismarck missed out on state last season after three trips in a row ... The Demons’ offense went to work in the West Region Tournament, scoring 22 runs in three games. ... West Fargo beat Bismarck 10-0 in the regular season. ... The Demons had an 11-game winning streak during the regular season. ... Jaime Barta, Shelby Wittenberg, Baylee Leonard and Emma Steckler were named to the all-West Region team.

Jamestown Blue Jays (West No. 2) vs. Valley City Hi-Liners (East No. 3), approximately 5:30 p.m.
Jamestown
Coach: Mike Soulis
Record: 19-16
State trips: 2
Last trip: 2015, fourth
Notes: Jamestown was swept by Minot and Bismarck Century to end the regular season, and then defeated both teams in order to reach its first West Region championship game, losing to Dickinson 3-0. ... Jamestown swept the Hi-Liners in the regular season including a 7-4 win over East Region senior athlete of the year Tarryn Justesen, the Hi-Liners’ top pitcher. The game will be a rematch of last season’s state quarterfinal, which Jamestown won. ... Jadee Lange and Mariah Wick were both named to the all-West Region team.

Valley City
Coach: Jason Lindgren
Record: 18-13
State trips: 4
Last trip: 2015, sixth
Notes: The Hi-Liners finished second in the East Region during the regular season ... They’re still looking for their first quarterfinal victory at state, having lost to Jamestown last season. ... Valley City has won five of its last six games. ... Justesen, Jayda Haugen, Mackenzie Pederson and Kacee White were named to the all-East Region team. Lindgren was voted East Region coach of the year.

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