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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."
The Jimmies are hitting their stride at the right time. Another effective offensive outing keyed another conference win on Saturday night as the University of Jamestown led from start to finish in an 82-65 win over Viterbo. Senior guard Logan Brown, one of four Jimmies with 10 points or more, is liking what he sees.
Kaiann Arellano turned in another stellar performance at the Cobber Double Duals on Saturday. The University of Jamestown junior placed first in the high jump, second in the 60 hurdles (10.07) and helped the Jimmies to a third-place finish in the 1,600 relay. Additionally, her winning height of 5 feet, 3.75 inches in the high jump beat the NAIA national-qualifying mark. "It was good to get that out of the way. She's been right on the edge of doing so," UJ women's coach Jim Clark said. "Kaiann had a really good day."
Kyra Dewald isn't into individual stuff. Blowing past 1,000 career points earlier this season? Nah. Starting a game 6-for-6 and scoring a career-high 29 points in only 20 minutes? Nope, not really. For the University of Jamestown senior it's all about the W. "I don't really worry about that as long as we're kicking butt," she said Friday night after the Jimmies did exactly that to Waldorf University. "Those things are nice, I guess, but we won by 50-some points, that's what matters."
Depth was key for the Blue Jay swimmers and divers in a dual win over Williston on Friday night. Jamestown swept the relays and got a double from Jonas Flann in a 108-75 home victory over Williston. "It was a good matchup. Our team has a little more depth than Williston, but I thought both teams competed really well," said JHS coach Ben Smith. "Winning all three relays was a nice surprise." The Blue Jays also added five more state-qualifying swims.