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Peterson up for Miss Basketball

The finalists for the North Dakota Associated Press Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s North Dakota Miss Basketball Award have been determined.

Five finalists — Paige Peterson (Jamestown), Keisha Engelhardt (Bismarck), Cassidy Thorson (West Fargo), Faith Dooley (Central Cass) and Shannon Galegher (Thompson) — were selected Wednesday.

The winner will be presented with the award following the conclusion of the North Dakota Class B state championship game on Saturday at the Fargodome.

Peterson, a 6-foot-1 center, led Jamestown with 18.7 points per game and 13.5 rebounds per game. She also was named Class A senior athlete of the year.

Engelhardt, a 5-9 guard, averaged 17.9 ppg and 10.8 rpg for the Demons.

Thorson, a 5-11 guard, paced the Packers with 14.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg winning the East Region’s senior athlete of the year award.

Dooley, a 6-3 center, has helped the Squirrels to a berth into the Class B state tournament and averages 21 ppg, 12.3 rpg, and 6.1 blocks per game.

Galegher, a 5-10 forward averages 17 ppg and 10 rpg for the Tommies, who qualified for the Class B state tournament.

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Jamestown High School earned three first-place finishes at the Cobbber Invitational indoor track and field meet on Tuesday at Moorhead.

Layne Carlson had one individual top-place finish and teamed for another to lead the JHS boys, while Jenna Stilwell won the triple jump.

Carlson posted a winning time of 55.61 seconds in the 400-meter run as JHS runners took four of the top six spots. Ben Hanson (56.72), Dylan Koenig (58.36) and Travis Beach (59.61) crossed 2-4-6.

Layne Carlson, Dylan Koenig, Hanson and Brady Carlson combined to win the 800 relay in 1:37.82. West Fargo’s 1:40 was second.

Taylor Orr was second in the 55 hurdles (8.27), 55 dash (6.95) and third in the long jump (19-3.50).

Brady Carlson was third in both the 55 (6.99) and 200 (24.73).

Aaron Ford was third in the 800 (2:15) and fourth in the mile (4:52.82).

High jumpers Beach and Noah Wanzek got over 5 feet, 8 inches, and 5-6 to place third and fourth, respectively.

Stilwell’s 32-10.75 was the best mark in the triple jump. She added a second in the high jump, clearing 4-9.

Beka Hilgemann had the other top 2 finish for the Blue Jays with a runner-effort of 34-1 in the shot put.

Kylee Voight and Madison Barnes had a good go in the short-distance runs.

Voigt was third in the 400 (1:04.38) and fourth in the 55 (7.94) and 200 (28.41).

Barnes crossed fourth in the 400 (1:06.56), fifth in the 55 (7.990) and seventh (28.96) in the 400.

The Blue Jays compete in the state indoor meet March 28 in Fargo.

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Caleb Ellingson has signed with the Jimmie football team.

Ellingson, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder, played linebacker for the Blue Jays, but will transition to safety at UJ. He was named the most improved player for JHS last season.

“Caleb is an outstanding student, diligent worker and a young man who continued to improve each year he played for the Blue Jays,” UJ coach Shawn Frank said. “He plays bigger than his size. We are excited to have another Blue Jay in our program.”

The son of Lee and Aime Ellingson, he plans to study pre-physical therapy.

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Erin Hillerud has earned all-West Region gymnastics honors.

Hillerud, a sophomore, was the top scorer all season for the Blue Jays, which placed fifth as a team at the state meet earlier this month in Bismarck.

Hillerud earned all-state honors in all around, bars and floor at the state meet.