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Jamestown High School gymnastics is carrying the second-best scoring average in the state this season. If the Blue Jays are able to make that stick while hosting the state team meet Friday at Jerry Meyer Arena, it'll mark the program's best finish since 1971. "I think we can. And, of course, I think we will," said Blue Jay gymnastics coach Dave Tews. Jamestown's top-five scoring averaging of 142.235 sits second to only Dickinson's 148.985. Bismarck, who edged Jamestown last week for second at the West Region meet, is third at 141.460.
Kadyn Mehring isn't one to light up the scoreboard from 3-point land. Just ask her. "No, not at all," said Carrington High School's 5-foot-9 junior forward. "We just move the ball and whoever gets open gets the shots. "We believe in our teammates, whether it's me or anybody else."
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan girls basketball has made opposing lives miserable all season defensively. The second-ranked Thunder did it again Tuesday in the semifinals of the Region 3 tournament. M-P-B was, for the most part, impenetrable facing sixth-ranked LaMoure-Litchville-Marion at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Thunder held the Loboes to 11 of 52 from the field—including 7 of 35 from 3-point range—in a 58-48 victory. M-P-B moves on and will play fourth-ranked Carrington in the championship game Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Head coach Greg Ulland and his seventh-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball team are exactly where they thought they'd be in late February. They're just not equipped with the same arsenal as originally planned. The Jimmies (27-3) open postseason play tomorrow at Harold Newman Arena hosting Waldorf (6-20) in the opening round of the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament. It'll mark the first playoff since 2014 that heart-and-soul-type Jimmie Bryn Woodside won't be on the court.
Not many Class B girls basketball teams have a 6-foot playmaker making splashes off the bench. But that's Taylor Sabinash's role with second-ranked Medina-Pingree-Buchanan this season. The senior center scored six of her team-high 13 points during an 11-2 Thunder run to finish Monday's Region 3 tournament quarterfinal game against Oakes at the Jamestown Civic Center. M-P-B (20-2) rolled to a 56-38 victory and will play sixth-ranked LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (20-2) in tonight's semifinals at 7:30.
Haley Hewitt released a ton of frustration Monday on the opening possession of the Class B Region 3 girls basketball tournament. The Carrington senior splashed a 3-pointer through the cylinder from the right wing to open the quarterfinal scoring against Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter at the Jamestown Civic Center. The fourth-ranked Cardinals never trailed in a 65-41 victory over the Imperials, and they'll face seventh-ranked Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier in tonight's semifinals at 6 p.m.
Jamestown High School's Noah Wegenast was a man of few words after scoring the go-ahead bucket Saturday night at Jerry Meyer Arena. The Blue Jay junior came off the bench and scored seven points in a race to 50 against visiting Dickinson, helping Jamestown avoid an upset loss in West Region boys hoops with a 51-45 victory over the Midgets. "I just come in and play as hard as I can," Wegenast said. "Play some defense—that's about it." The 6-foot-4 forward forgot to mention he can score in the clutch.
Courtney Peterson can do a whole lot more than simply sink the 3-ball. Jamestown High School's junior sharpshooter filled the stat sheet Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena. Peterson tossed in 14 points, hauled in 13 rebounds and swiped four steals, leading the Blue Jays past Dickinson 76-53 in Class A girls basketball action. "It's nice, finally, getting to have an all-around game," said Peterson after the win.
Blue Jay boys hockey snapped a four-year state tournament drought Saturday in Minot. Jamestown High School scored four unanswered goals and defeated Bottineau-Rugby 4-2 in state-qualifying action of the West Region tournament at Maysa Arena. The Jays are headed to next week's state playoff at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks for the first time since 2013. "I'm just happy for the kids. It's a good feeling," said Blue Jay boys hockey coach Matt Stockert. "There's a lot of them in that room that haven't had this feeling before.
The Blue Jay boys hockey team will play Bottineau-Rugby today at 11 a.m. in Minot with a trip to the state tournament on the line. Jamestown fell 8-1 to Bismarck Century in Friday’s West Region tournament semifinals at Maysa Arena, setting up the late-morning tilt with the Braves in state play-in action. The Blue Jays, who have posted victories of 7-2 and 8-3 over Bottineau-Rugby this season, will be looking for their first state tournament berth since 2013.