The University of Jamestown women’s basketball found out its first-round opponent on Wednesday night for its fifth consecutive trip to the NAIA national tournament at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The eighth-ranked Jimmies (29-4), winners of 15 in a row and having not lost in the 2016 calendar year, meet 25th-ranked Oregon Tech at 9:15 p.m., next Wednesday in the opening round. Jamestown coach Greg Ulland he expects to see a team that leans on multiple players.
During her floor exercise, Acacia Fossum took a split second to acknowledge her final gymnastics meet. "I looked up and everybody was looking at me, and I just soaked it all in," Dickinson's standout gymnast said. "I had an awesome floor routine to end my senior year on." Fossum solidified her spot as one of the best to ever compete in North Dakota, becoming the second-most winningest gymnast in the state's history with another four individual titles at the state meet Saturday at Jamestown High School.
The realization that she won't ever again compete in a gymnastics meet with her teammates hit Jamestown senior Erin Hillerud hard on Saturday evening. "I've spent 16 years with them," said Hillerud, fighting back tears. "It's been awesome." Hillerud capped her career by going out the same way she has her entire career—with her name plastered all over the results. She finished sixth in the all-around (36.733) at the state meet Saturday at Jamestown High School.
Cody Lutman defended his title on Saturday. The Jamestown High School senior bested Minot's Cole Armagost for the West Region diving crown in Bismarck by scoring 431.15 points. Lutman won by less than a point. "Cole has the higher score overall this season, but you've got to do it on the day," Jamestown coach Ben Smith said. "Cody was leading for most of the meet." The swimming and diving team added two new state qualifiers.
As a team, Dickinson put the final touches on an unforgettable season on Friday. In a dominant campaign which saw them break the school record with a 151, the Midgets used a stellar 148.017 to oust the pack by a considerable margin at the North Dakota state gymnastics meet on team day at Jamestown High School. Minot (142.367), Valley City (141.233) and Bismarck High (139.833) rounded out the top four, respectively. Individual competition is today. For Dickinson senior Keana Kudrna, the season-long dominance was about experience.
The balance beam didn't do Jamestown any favors on Friday. The Blue Jays struggled out of the gates with a tough day on the beam, but finished strong on the floor in capturing fifth place at the state gymnastics meet at Jamestown High School. Dickinson routed the pack to win it all with a 148.017, with the Blue Jays finishing more than eight points behind (139.650). Individual day is today. "We started on beam like we were off," Jamestown senior Erin Hillerud said. "We didn't have many stuck beam routines, so the scores felt lower. But it didn't feel like an off day."
Longtime Jamestown gymnastics coach Dave Tews envisions a perfect scenario that has his team finishing second at state. He also acknowledges the reality of the situation. "We have beaten everybody except Dickinson at least once," Tews said. "But to get second, I do think we would need some help. Other than Dickinson, I think it's gonna be a dogfight in there." Dickinson enters today's state gymnastics meet at Jamestown High School as the overwhelming favorite. Team competition is right away, with individual championships going on Saturday.
Jamestown may not have been favored on paper in its last two boys basketball games, but the Blue Jays showed why the games are played. After a thrilling upset of No. 5 Dickinson, Jamestown ended the regular season with an 80-78 win over Mandan to clinch the fifth seed Tuesday night at Jerry Meyer Arena. "It doesn't matter who believes or what anyone thinks as long as the guys in the locker room believe they can do it," Jamestown coach Luke Anderson said. "I think others are starting to see what we can do."
Anna Holen's perimeter prowess is well-documented. But on Monday amid a sluggish first half during a Region 3 quarterfinal at the Jamestown Civic Center, the 5-foot-8 sophomore guard from LaMoure-Litchville-Marion headed to the low block. "We had her run high and low post," L-L-M coach Mitch Carlson said. "We had to do something to mix it up."
When South Border finally cut the deficit to three points early in the fourth quarter, it couldn't keep Olivia Anderson out of the paint. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's 6-foot senior forward scored off an inbounds pass and had two quick putbacks to help the Rebels secure a 53-40 Region 3 quarterfinal victory Monday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Anderson had game highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds, as E-K-M earned a spot against Medina-Pingree-Buchanan in today's second semifinal.