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Amy Fearnside did not begin wrestling until her sophomore year in high school in her home state of California. But her wrestling roots go back much further than that. Fearnside, who will attempt to become the first four-time All-American wrestler at the University of Jamestown this weekend, traces her love of the sport back to the Great Depression. Although the stakes for her great-grandfather, Cleo Fearnside, were much greater way back then.
Minot pulled away in the second half to defeat Jamestown 73-51 in West Region basketball Friday night in the Magic City. The Blue Jays put up a pesky first-half fight. Jamestown led 24-19 on a hoop by Mason Walters with four minutes to go in the opening stanza. No. 3-ranked Minot (16-1) slowly took control. The Magi finished the first half on a 11-4 run and scored the first eight points of the second half to build a 39-28 lead.
The lopsided nature of virtually every conference game forces the University of Jamestown women's basketball team to be hard self-graders. That was the case Wednesday night in another North Star Athletic Association rout, 102-72 over Presentation College, at the Jamestown Civic Center. While the offense continued to hum, they were not giving themselves a passing grade defensively.
Sweet-shooting Sam Johnson is back and Wednesday night he came up clutch for the Jimmies. Down 93-91 with 3 seconds left, Johnson buried two free throws to force overtime, sparking the University of Jamestown to an entertaining 108-101 overtime victory over Presentation College. Johnson, who has battled injuries during his career, also buried a key 3-pointer in overtime as the Jimmies won for the sixth time in their last seven games.
Turnovers tend to come in bunches for the Blue Jays. Tuesday night, Jamestown High School committed 28 of them in a 70-55 loss to Bismarck High. The rash of miscues, 16 coming in the first half, overshadowed a strong finish by the Blue Jays. They outscored the Demons 24-14 over the last 11 minutes. "We have to take better care of the dang ball, it's as simple as that," said JHS coach Luke Anderson. "We turned it over 16 times in the first half, that's 16 times we didn't get a shot up. You can't do that against average teams, let alone good teams."
Carrington's track and field success did not happen overnight. Nobody understands that better than Greg Hoeckle, architect of the Cardinals' program that has won half of the state Class B girls track and field championships since 1999. Hoeckle, recently nominated for the National High School Athletic Association's national track coach of the year, said it's been a team effort.
Kyra Dewald and Jake Hagler from the University of Jamestown basketball teams continue to pile up weekly awards. Dewald, a senior guard and Jamestown High School graduate, was named the North Star Athletic Association's women's player of the week for the fourth time this season. Last week she averaged 24 points, 6.5 steals and 4 assists in just 20 minutes per game as the 12th-ranked Jimmies routed Waldorf and Viterbo. For the season Dewald is averaging 16.9 points, 4 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 3.3 steals per game. The 3.3 steals per game rank sixth in the NAIA.
It's been a long, hard road back for University of Jamestown sharpshooter Paige Emmel. But after two ACL tears to her left knee—and two long rehabs—the Bismarck native is looking as good as ever. Emmel celebrated her 22nd birthday by sinking four 3-pointers for the second game in a row in helping the 12th-ranked Jimmies to an 89-49 win over Viterbo University on Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center.
Fargo Davies, Mandan and the Blue Jays turned Saturday's invite into a high-scoring triangular on Saturday at the JHS pool. The Eagles prevailed with 655 points, but the Braves and the home team (581) were not far behind. Jonas Flann led the JHS effort with wins in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. "It was really fun. It kinda bounced back and forth between Mandan, Fargo Davies and us," JHS coach Ben Smith said. "It was a really competitive meet." Jonas Flann (23.27) held off Mandan's Reed Bergman (23.57) and Joey Clark (23.58) in the 50 free.
Scoring continues to be solid for the Jamestown High School gymnastics team and as usual it came from several sources. The Blue Jays comfortably cleared the 140-point mark, 142.25 in fact, to win the four-team Winter Classic at the Jamestown Gymnastics Club on Saturday. "The kids performed really well, but we still left a lot out there," said JHS head coach Dave Tews. "If we can stay up over 140 when all the big guys get in the gym we'll be pretty happy with that."