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Great season performances by Jamestown High School volleyball standouts Megan Gaffaney and Hannah Schiele were recognized Monday. Gaffaney and Schiele were both awarded Class A all-state honors. Gaffaney was one of 13 athletes named to the first team, while Schiele was one of six second-team honorees.
Connor Fuchs' 6-foot-5 frame is an imposing presence on the ice for Jamestown High School. But the big man isn't just an enforcer. He's also got a little offense to his game, too. The junior defenseman scored the Blue Jays' first goal of the season and tallied five total points, helping Jamestown drop Grafton-Park River 6-2 at Wilson Arena on Tuesday in the season opener for both teams. Fuchs had just four points all of last season. A pair of goals and two assists.
Jamestown has the makings of a true blue-collar hockey team this season. It probably won't be the most flashy club or lead the conference in scoring, but coach Matt Stockert said his boys have brought the right attitude to the ice. The Blue Jays open the season tonight at 7, hosting Grafton-Park River.
Three Fargo schools combined to defeat Jamestown in girls hockey on Monday. Fargo North-South-Shanley upended the Blue Jays 10-0 in the season opener for both teams at Wilson Arena. FN-S-S outshot Jamestown 48-6 and received goals from seven different skaters. Junior forward Graysen Myers scored her first of two goals for the visitors just 1 minute, 18 seconds into the game. FN-S-S scored three more times in the first five minutes.
FARGO—Ellie Holen plays volleyball in the dominant shadow of her all-state older sister, Anna. But Ellie, a freshman for the LaMoure Loboes, proved she can handle the spotlight just as well on Saturday night at the Fargodome The younger Holen came up with three critical kills in the deciding fifth game of the Class B state championship match against Minot Our Redeemer's, and the older Holen finished the job.
FARGO—McKayla Kurtz crashed into the court-side media table preserving a rally on Saturday at the Fargodome. Finishing the Class A state volleyball tournament with a win mattered to Jamestown High School's junior outside hitter. "I just realized that I had to get the ball up, and I really didn't care who I was gonna hit or what was gonna happen," Kurtz said. "We knew this was the last game we were going to be playing with our seniors, and we just wanted to go for everything."
FARGO—Jamestown High School was left trying to place a finger on what exactly has transpired so far at the Fargodome on Friday. The Blue Jays were unable to answer a potent front-row attack for a second straight day at the Class A state volleyball tournament. West Fargo's 6-foot sophomore middle blocker Mariah Schatz posted 15 kills and six blocks to lead the Packers past Jamestown 3-1 in consolation play. The Blue Jays will face Grand Forks Red River today at 11 a.m. for seventh place.
FARGO—LaMoure's Anna Holen is lethal from every inch of the volleyball court. The two-time all-state outside hitter unleashed against Langdon-Edmore-Munich in the Class B state semifinals on Friday at the Fargodome. Holen posted a match-high 34 kills in a 3-1 triumph over the Cardinals that has the Loboes heading back to the state championship match. LaMoure will attempt to defend its state title tonight at 8 p.m. against Minot Our Redeemer's Christian School.
FARGO—Megan Gaffaney and the rest of the Blue Jays were shell-shocked following Thursday's opening round match of the Class A state volleyball tournament. Jamestown impressed early against Fargo Shanley, taking a 2-0 lead. But the Deacons, and their impressive front-row attack, were just warming up. Seniors Katie Roberts and Emily Deitz, along with junior Caira Berg, combined for 56 of Shanley's 68 kills to guide the Deacons to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory. Roberts, Deitz and Berg measure 6-foot, 6-2 and 6-0, respectively.
Good programs eventually expect to achieve certain results. Last year's near-miss at a fourth consecutive appearance at the Class A state volleyball tournament—in what was considered a rebuilding season—didn't sit well with Jamestown's six current seniors. Twenty wins and a season-ending loss to Bismarck Legacy at the West Region tournament wasn't good enough for a team that brought a state championship to town in 2013.