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Valley City proved its one of the top gymnastics teams in the state. Beating Jamestown will do that and that's what the Hi-Liners did on Tuesday, 138.625-135.30. It was an off night for the Blue Jays, according to coach Andrea Bitz. "It was very shaky," Bitz said. "We had some moments, but not enough. We just gotta clean it up." The Blue Jays' score was down from where it has been the last handful of meets.
TAMPA, Fla. -- In a game that featured three lead changes in the final five minutes, Clemson got the last play -- and the national title. Deshaun Watson's third touchdown pass of the game, a 2-yard toss to Hunter Renfrow with one second remaining, lifted the Tigers to a 35-31 win over Alabama in a classic championship game Monday night. The Tigers avenged a 45-40 loss to the Crimson Tide in last year's final at Glendale, Ariz., capturing their first title since 1981.
Closing out games has been an issue at times for the Jimmies this season. The problem reared its ugly head again Sunday night at the Jamestown Civic Center. Leading by 13 points with seven minutes left, the Jimmies were outscored 18-4 down the stretch in a vexing 74-73 loss to Bellevue (Neb.). It came one night after a 79-71 home loss to Valley City State, making for a tough weekend for head coach Danny Neville's team.
Turtle Mountain's twin towers were tough to overcome, but the Blue Jays found a way. Jamestown High School built a big second-half lead, but had to hold on late in a 64-60 Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena. It was the second straight win for the Blue Jays, although it got a little hairy. "Yeah, it was kinda of a nail-biter, but we were able to pull through," said senior Chloe Dunn. "We know it's not going to be easy. We just kept working hard until the end."
Turtle Mountain's second-half run helped stave off Boden Skunberg and the Blue Jays. Jamestown's 6-foot-3 freshman poured in 33 points on just 17 shots on Saturday night, but the Braves left town with a 77-69 win. Tied 48-48 after a three-point play by John Horgan, the 5-2 Braves scored the next 11 points to build a lead they did not give back. Turnovers and cold shooting from long range did in Jamestown. The Blue Jays made just two of 17 3-pointers and turned it over 26 times in falling to 1-7 on the season.
New year, same old results in conference play for the University of Jamestown women's basketball team. The 10th-ranked Jimmies bounced back from a shaky pre-New Year's trip to Sioux City, Iowa with a dominating weekend sweep of Valley City State and Bellevue University at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Jimmies downed the Vikings by the deceiving score of 72-60 on Saturday before trumping Bellevue (Neb.) 77-56 on Sunday afternoon.
The 10th-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball team downed Valley City State 72-60 on Saturday at the Civic Center. Ten Jimmies scored led by Kyra Dewald's 17 points. Paige Emmel, Bryan Woodside and Allison Jablonsky added nine each as UJ remained unbeaten in North Star Athletic Association play at 7-0. In the men's game, Valley City State posted a 79-71 win. Jayden Ferguson had 24 points to lead the Vikings. Jake Hagler's 18 points topped Jamestown. On Sunday, the Jimmies host Bellevue (Neb.) for a conference doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
Three of the best gymnastics teams in the state faced off Friday night at the Jamestown Gymnastics Club. That wasn't even the biggest news of the night, however. Dave Tews, head coach of the Blue Jays for the better part of four decades, returned to watch his team for the first time this season in competition after taking a medical leave of absence to fight cancer. While looking a little thinner, and without his trademark mustache, Tews' quick-wit remains very much intact.
Kidder County couldn't contain Bryce Edland Friday night at the Jamestown Civic Center. There's no shame in that, though, not many teams have been able to stop Carrington's 6-foot-3 senior. In just 23 minutes, Edland piled up 30 points and 15 rebounds as the unbeaten Cardinals rolled past Kidder County 59-39 in semifinal play of the Stutsman County tournament. The only thing tougher than slowing down Edland might be getting him to take any credit.
Winning ugly is better than the alternative and that was the case for the Jamestown High School girls basketball team Thursday night. The Blue Jays overcame 20 turnovers and 32 percent shooting to pull away from Minot 55-44 for their first home and West Region wins of the year. "We've played much better than that this year, but you can't complain about a win," JHS coach Andy Skunberg said. "We played better in the second half ... we had a lot more intensity, so hopefully we can build on that."