With his career as a basketball player winding down, Hunter Pinke put everything he had on display against Ellendale on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-6 senior from South Border was rewarded, taking over at the end of regulation and propelling the Mustangs to a 60-55 double-overtime win in quarterfinal action of the Region 3 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. South Border (15-8) meets District 6 rival Strasburg-Zeeland in today's 7:30 p.m., semifinal. Pinke finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds, scoring 10 combined points in the two extra frames.
BISMARCK — As each Jamestown High School senior walked out of the locker room and headed down a hallway filled with Blue Jay fans Saturday at the Bismarck Event Center, they were greeted with an ovation. Bismarck High had just ended Jamestown’s season with a hard-fought 64-58 win to earn a trip to the Class A state tournament. The emotion was evident, and coach Luke Anderson said it’s not just about the loss but the journey.
Jamestown had a state boys swimming and diving meet to be proud of Saturday in Bismarck. The Blue Jays broke two school records, tied another and came away with five top-eight finishes. "You always think about other things we could have put together, but it was a really good meet," Jamestown coach Ben Smith said. Jamestown ended up ninth out of 14 teams with 121 points, finishing fourth among the eight West Region teams. Century piled up over 400 points to run away with the championship.
To get past Jamestown, Bismarck Century coach Darin Mattern was hoping to at least equal the Blue Jays on the boards on Friday. "They're a very good rebounding team with (Logan) Anderson, (Noah) Wanzek and (Jake) Reuther," Mattern said. "We wanted to be even with them on the glass." The No. 1-ranked Patriots (22-1) did one better, dominating the boards 35-20 including a 27-11 margin in the first half en route to a 66-41 West Region semifinal victory at the Bismarck Event Center.
BISMARCK—Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg has a couple of ideas on beating a team that converts on 12 of 16 3-point attempts. "Make 13 of 17, or 14 of 18," he said. Bismarck St. Mary's brought the firepower from long range, missing just four times to end Jamestown's season with a 75-62 win in a West Region loser-out contest Friday at the Bismarck Event Center. Tonya Dvorak led three players in double figures with 22 points, hitting on six of nine tries from beyond the arc. Taylor Gerving scored 15, sinking five of her six attempts. Kaitlyn Wanner added 12 points.
BISMARCK—Holding a six-point lead with less than eight minutes to play Thursday, Jamestown ran out of gas. Bismarck Legacy turned up the tempo with a 10-0 run en route to a 79-72 victory in the opening round of the West Region tournament at the Bismarck Event Center. Jamestown (11-11) plays Bismarck St. Mary's in a loser-out contest at 4:30 p.m., today. Coach Andy Skunberg said he's not sure what happened, but it wasn't all about his team. "I don't know if it was fatigue or what," Skunberg said. "But Legacy defended well and made life difficult."
BISMARCK—Jamestown coach Luke Anderson isn't sure if teams are game-planning for Josh Schulz. Either way, it doesn't seem to matter. The senior guard again came off the bench to lead the Blue Jays in scoring with 18 points, propelling his team to the semifinals of the West Region tournament with a 78-66 triumph of Dickinson on Thursday at the Bismarck Event Center. Schulz made 5 of 8 shots in the game and finished 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the second half. He accounted for more than half of Jamestown's bench points.
Meghan Orr doesn't expect the Jamestown High School girls basketball team to take for granted their trip to the West Region tournament today. Not after they stayed home a year ago. "I think we know what it feels like not being there," Orr said. "It'll be a new experience for a lot of us." Fifth-seeded Jamestown (11-10) plays fourth-seeded Bismarck Legacy (12-8) at 3:45 p.m., in the Exhibit Hall of the Bismarck Event Center with just two girls that have played significant minutes in a region tournament in Orr—a senior—and junior guard Emily Reiten.
According to Cody Lutman, the perfect dive continues to elude him. The Jamestown High School senior is one of the favorites to capture a championship when the state swimming and diving meet starts Friday at the Bismarck Aquatics Center. But to get that title, Lutman said he'll need to put his best dive together—something that has yet to happen this season. It'll be especially important considering Minot's Cole Armagost has the better overall score, though Lutman did beat him at West Region.
Eleven seniors are gunning for a trip back to the state tournament. To this point, it's been a run that mirrored last season's amazing home stretch, and Jamestown coach Luke Anderson said he'd like to see a similar ending in today's West Region tournament. Seeded No. 5, the Blue Jays (12-9) meet fourth-seeded Dickinson (14-7) at 4:45 p.m., at the Bismarck Event Center. "We'd like to replicate last year," Anderson said. "We're playing pretty good basketball."