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Peterson battles through back pain

Paige Peterson didn’t have Lady Luck on her side this past week.

She found a way to overcome the back problems that plagued her the last three years of high school en route to becoming Jamestown’s first Miss Basketball.

This week, it’s been more of the same adversity.

The back problems, which Peterson said started because she “grew too fast” crept up again on Friday, as she started practice for the Class A squad. “A” takes on “B” in the Lions All-Star Series Tuesday in Bismarck and Wednesday in Fargo.

It was bad enough for her to have to be carried off the court on Friday.

“I couldn’t even walk — they had to haul me to the emergency room,” she said.

A weekend of limited practice helped and she was able to participate on Monday.

“I played quite a bit,” Peterson said. “I went to the chiropractor twice and I got a cortizone shot in the back for the pain.”

She intends to play regular minutes tonight, hoping to add to an already tall lineup. Peterson, who averaged 18.7 points and 13.5 rebounds per game as a senior, is one of four 6-footers on the team.

“We definitely outsize (Class B),” Peterson said. “We have the height and they have the speed. We’ll see who takes over.”

Peterson spent a week in Sioux Falls, S.D., training with her future Augustana teammates. She’ll head down there in late August and begin school and workouts.

“It was really fun — I did not want to come home,” she said. “I was thinking of coming back (to Jamestown) next summer, but I’m pretty sure I’ll stay down there so I can train with the team.”

There’s a wait-and-see approach on whether or not she’ll redshirt for the Division II Vikings. It’ll come down to playing time, she said, as longtime coach Dave Krauth doesn’t typically use more than seven or eight players.

“They only have three or four returners with actual varsity experience,” Peterson said. “If I don’t make top eight, then I’ll probably redshirt.”

And when she does play, she’s looking to stretch out her game.

“I’m gonna shoot a 3-pointer because (Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg) never let me shoot a 3,” Peterson joked. “I bet it’s better than my brother’s 3-point shot.”

Lions All-Star Series


Class A

Tanner Kretchman, Davies; Andrew Kozlowski, Davies; Robert Hutchins, Century; Tyler Rudolph, Century; Chad Bartosh, GF Red River; Jack Christensen, Wahpeton; Jayden Ferguson, Williston; Colton Lloyd, Fargo South; Taylor Schafer, Bismarck; Travis Schock, West Fargo; Patrick Strom, Shanley; Ben Weisbeck, St. Mary’s.

Alternates: Hunter Cichos, Devils Lake; Jacob Hanson, Mandan; Bailee McLachlan, Fargo North; Noah Poss, Fargo South.

Head coach: Bart Manson, Davies; Assistant: Brent DeKok, St. Mary’s.

Class B

Brady Thielges, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion; James Richman, Maple Valley; D’Angelo Burns, Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah; Briton Bussman, Milnor; Wyatt Mund, Milnor; Garek Droog, Grafton; Lucas Dick, Munich-Starkweather; Hadley Smith, Four Winds-Minnewaukan; Colton Schroeder, Max; Hunter Braaten, Westhope-Newburgh; Tanner Holte, Des Lacs-Burlington; Wayne Fox, New Town.

Alternate: Austin Volk, North Border.

Head coach: Kyle Card, Oak Grove. Assistant: Mike Santjer, Rugby.


Class A

Paige Peterson, Jamestown; Kate Astrup, Fargo North; Jen Benz, Century; Lachelle Bumgarner, Wahpeton; Dierra Diegel, Valley City; Keisha Engelhardt, Bismarck; Brooke Hildre, Fargo Davies; McKayla Howling Wolf, Mandan; Macy Lynch, Century; Cassidy Thorson, West Fargo; Courtney Trolliey, Bismarck; Madison Walford, Devils Lake.

Alternates: Callie Carlson, Red River; Allyson Freidt, Fargo South; Kaitlyn Langerud, West Fargo; Chelsea Peterson, Mandan.

Head coach: Todd Magnuson, Minot; Assistant coach: Tonah Safranski, Davies.

Class B

Kayla Hochhalter, Carrington; Shannon Galegher, Thompson; Kennedy Henningsgard, Hillsboro-Central Valley; Karleigh Weber, Thompson; Allie Heisler, North Star; Ashley Bentz, Grant County; Gabby Wilkinson, Shiloh; Anika Rovig, Minot Ryan; Mattie Schmitt, TGU; Hailee Farstveet, Beach; Bailey Waldal, Beach; Baeleigh Brady, New Town.

Alternates: Chelsey Anderson, North Sargent; Megan Johnson, Enderlin; Mariah Jangula, Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter; Sadie Rohrich, Kidder County; Abbey Landenberger, Underwood; Karlie Schroeder, New Salem.

Head coach: Julie Stewart, Minot Ryan. Assistant: Jim Petrik, Shiloh.

Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus can be reached                     at (701) 952-8462 or