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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.
The light's were still on at the Jamestown Civic Center late Friday night despite the best efforts of the Jimmies. In a school-record performance, the University of Jamestown men's basketball team made 21 3-pointers in a light's-out shooting performance. It came at the right time for the rising Jimmies, who rolled past Waldorf University in a statement 90-67 victory.
While it's factually accurate, it's probably pointless to continue pointing out that the University of Jamestown hockey team is only one year old. Again Thursday night, the Jimmies showed they're among the top teams at the ACHA Division I level with a 3-2 victory over sixth-ranked Arizona State at Wilson Arena. It was the fourth straight win over a top 12 team for the Jimmies, surprising no one anymore.
If strength of schedule mattered in Class B basketball, New Rockford-Sheyenne would have it covered in spades. The Rockets, owners of an 8-4 record, have survived a meat grinder of a schedule. In the newest top 10 poll released on Monday, the Rockets have played No. 1 Four Winds-Minnewaukan (10-1), No. 3 Northern Cass (9-1), No. 4 Thompson (10-2), No. 5 Carrington (11-0) and No. 7 St. John (11-0). Coach Tyler Cook's Rockets are the only team to beat Northern Cass. They lost to the other top-ranked teams, but are hoping it pays dividends in the end.