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A second straight stellar road performance earned the University of Jamestown men’s basketball team a share of the North Star Athletic Association championship. After routing Dickinson State on Friday night, the Jimmies were equally impressive on Saturday in Valley City in an 85-75 win over the Vikings. As a result, the Jimmies will share the conference title with Bellevue (Neb.) and Dickinson State.
Three Carrington wrestlers will go for state championships today. No. 1 seeds Lucas Geiszler and Brodee Schroeder along with second-seeded Zach Broadwell all advanced in semifinal action at the state tournament at the Fargodome on Friday. Earlier, the Cardinals lost to Lisbon 37-30 in the semifinals of the state dual tournament. Carrington, the two-time defending state champion, rebounded to defeat Minot Ryan 45-28 in the third-place match.
Luke Heck has always been a sports fan. That's no surprise to anybody around Jamestown who remembers the former basketball standout patrolling the paint for the Blue Jays. Recently, Heck's love of sports and his profession of being a Fargo-based attorney intersected in one of the more bizarre stories of the year.
The University of Jamestown men's basketball team notched one of its best wins of the season on Friday night. The Jimmies led from start to finish in an 84-64 win at Dickinson State. The Blue Hawks entered the game 19-9 overall. Three-point shooting told the tale. The Jimmies drained 13 of 23 from downtown while the Blue Hawks were an ice-cold two for 19.
It's been a learning season for Jamestown High School's young wrestling squad. There have been plenty of bumps in the road, but lots of progress, too. Head coach Larry Eslick hopes that continues this weekend as five Blue Jays will be at the Fargodome for the state tournament. "We're pretty proud of the fact that last year we had a bunch of freshmen that got two dual wins and this year with a bunch of sophomores we got five," Eslick said. "Hopefully, next year we'll double that number, or maybe even a little more."
After a season full of blowouts, the Jimmies are looking for some action this weekend. Winning by nearly 27 points per game through 25 games, the 11th-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball team has a couple of tough ones lined up, on paper at least. "We're super excited about this weekend," said UJ head coach Greg Ulland. "We've told the kids, 'This is why you come to the University of Jamestown, to play in games like this.'
The Blue Jays snapped their losing streak in style Friday night. Jamestown High School scored 19 of the first 24 points of the game en route to a convincing 76-54 beating of Williston at Jerry Meyer. The lopsided victory halted a nine-game skid, dating back to Dec. 31. "It feels great. We really wanted this one tonight and we just came out and played really well as a team," sophomore Mason Walters said. "We just played great, everybody did. We're happy with the win."
Jonas Flann and the Blue Jays had enough in the tank to turn in another strong performance. Competing for the fourth time in six days, Jamestown High School swept Bismarck Legacy (113-69) and Bismarck High (108-76) on Thursday in a home double dual. Flann won and qualified for state in the 50 freestyle (23.11). On top of that, the JHS junior touched first in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.29). "Jonas is performing really well," said JHS coach Ben Smith. The Blue Jays had five wins on the night with Flann factoring into a pair of relay triumphs as well.
The Jamestown High School gymnastics team finished its regular season with another win. The Blue Jays won all four events and posted the top five all around scores en route to a score of 141.5 to easily outdistance Fargo Davies (132.225) and Fargo (118.675) on Thursday at the Jamestown Gymnastics Club. "Team-wise we did well, not quite as well as we have been, but still pretty solid," JHS coach Dave Tews said.
There will be plenty of fresh faces when the University of Jamestown softball team takes the field for the first time on Saturday. But the Jimmies return plenty of experience in one key spot. Coming off a 34-15 season, coach Kevin Gall's team brings back its dual aces in senior Hanna Dunnigan and junior Brittany Rheault. The Jimmies play two games on Saturday and two on Sunday at the Presentation College Dome in Aberdeen, S.D.