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Like lots of kids, Tyler Johnson had dreams of being a college athlete. An avid basketball and football player growing up, that all changed when Johnson suffered a serious head injury in a work-related accident when he was just 16 years old. Johnson suffered a subdural hematoma—a traumatic brain injury which required emergency surgery—in the summer of 2010, eventually forcing him to give up contact sports. But the Jamestown High School graduate did not sulk or pout. Instead, he chose to make the best out of a difficult situation.
So far, Shai Mason is the only University of Jamestown women's wrestler to qualify for the U.S. national team. Last weekend, however, two more Jimmies gave themselves a shot at doing so. Dajan Treder and Cara Romeike placed at the 2017 U.S Senior Nationals in Las Vegas, qualifying them for the World Team Trials in April. Treder turned in a stellar second-place performance at 116 pounds, losing only to three-time U.S. World Team member Whitney Conder of the U.S. Army, for whom a brief Wikipedia page is dedicated.
Tronis McKay summed it up best on Twitter: "finally game day" he wrote. After three-plus weeks of practice, and a handful of weather-related postponements, Four Winds-Minnewaukan finally began its season Monday night. The Indians opened the season with a 101-61 home win over Dunseith. It's been a long wait for the defending Class B champions, but coach Rick Smith said his team handled the extra time productively.
The Jamestown High School gymnastics team is proving its scores can travel. After posting strong results in Dickinson and at home in their last two outings, the Blue Jays hung another stellar number on the board on Friday night, this time in Fargo. The Blue Jays blew away the four-team field with a score of 140.95 points. Fargo Davies (131.675) finished second. "The girls just continue to impress," said coach Andrea Bitz. "It was a really good meet. The attitudes were up. Everybody was smiling and having a great time. "Their hard work is paying off."
Devils Lake coach Todd Lambrecht knows all about going through growing pains with a young team. So does Larry Eslick, whose young Blue Jays face an uphill climb almost every time out. Devils Lake registered seven pins on Friday, spoiling Alumni Night at the JHS gym. Prior to the match, Jamestown's wrestling room was dedicated to Wes Sharbono, the first coach of the Blue Jays.
There are many aspects of North Dakota State's football dynasty that make it unique. Among the most notable is just how local the Bison's winning formula has been. This season is no different and there is no better example of that than linebacker MJ Stumpf, who is turning in a dynamic senior season.
Jamestown High School's wrestling tradition runs deep. The program has produced numerous state champions, many competitive teams and successful, long-lasting coaches. The first of those was Wes Sharbono, who will be honored Friday night at the Blue Jays' home opening dual against, appropriately, Devils Lake. When the Jamestown High School wrestling team began in 1959 Sharbono, a Devils Lake native, was the coach and he remained so until 1970. But Sharbono's impact was felt beyond the mat, said one of his former wrestlers.
The scores keep climbing for the Jamestown High School gymnastics team. For the second straight outing, the Blue Jays hit a season high, this time soaring to 141.25 points in a home dual win over Aberdeen on Tuesday. "The kids keep improving each meet. They're getting more comfortable with a few less falls and things like that," said coach Andrea Bitz. "It'd be nice to stay up in that 140-range. That would be awesome." The Blue Jays nearly made a clean sweep in the all around. Of the top nine scores, eight of them belonged to Jamestown gymnasts.
It didn't take long for Ben Smith's team to hit the pool swimming. The head coach of the Jamestown High School swimmers and divers said the squad reported ready to go. "Coming into the season we were probably in the best shape we've had our team in," Smith said. "Lots of the kids did other sports. Several of them have been doing different swimming things in the summer and a lot of the guys have been in the weight room ... it was really good to hit the ground running, so to speak."
Jamestown got off to a fast start on the mat against perennial power Bismarck on Thursday night. Noah Braun and Kyle Dupre opened the dual with back-to-back victories for the Blue Jays. It was mostly Demons after that however as the home team rolled to a 66-12 win. It's been a challenging start for coach Larry Eslick's young squad against Bismarck Century and BHS—No. 1 and 2 teams in the West Region.