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Kaitlyn Schiele had her fingerprints all over District 5 girls basketball semifinal night at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier junior point guard swiped four steals defensively and sent 23 points through the hoop, helping the Rebels top Oakes 68-44 on Saturday. The effort spurred a rematch of last year's district title game between E-K-M and Carrington, which tips off tonight at 7:30.
Carrington's defensive-minded post player scored the offense's biggest bucket of the night on Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Jill Endres glided in a point-blank shot in the paint to complete a fourth-quarter comeback for Carrington over LaMoure-Litchville-Marion in the semifinals of the District 5 girls basketball tournament. Endres' bucket, which was fed into the post by senior Maara Nelson, was the result of a successfully executed baseline inbounds play with 15 seconds left in the game. It produced a nail-biting 53-52 final score in favor of the Cards.
Jamestown High School couldn't catch a break in boys hockey on Saturday in Minot. The Blue Jays were assessed eight minor penalties in a 10-4 loss to the Magicians. Minot scored five power-play goals while committing just one minor penalty. The outcome against the West Region's No. 2 team, however, bared little meaning to the Blue Jays in their final regular season game. Jamestown was already slated to face Dickinson in Thursday's opening round of the West Region tournament.
Oakes' girls basketball coach Don Warren has a straightforward philosophy when it comes to offense. "When I used to coach out in western South Dakota, I had a team that would pass the ball three or four times and we'd turn the ball over," said Warren, who's in his second year coaching the Tornadoes. "My superintendent said, 'Why don't you shoot the ball?'" The coach took that question to heart, as was evident on Friday night at the Jamestown Civic Center.
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion did just enough on Friday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Anna Holen's double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds led the Loboes past a pesky flock of Ellendale Cardinals 44-38 in the opening round of the District 5 girls basketball tournament. The Loboes get sixth-ranked Carrington tonight at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. "We knew they'd try to use our (lack of) height against us and get it down low," said Holen, a first-team all state junior. "That's just what they did."
A weight was lifted off the shoulders of Jamestown High School's girls hockey team on Friday at John L. Wilson Arena. Jade Schafer and Sydney Soulis teamed up for a pair of first-period goals, and that's all the scoring the Blue Jays needed. Jamestown notched its first in-state and varsity win of the season with a 4-1 victory over Dickinson. "Plays came together for us," Jamestown coach Shaulee Iverson said. "Our breakout was smooth and our D-zone coverage was the best it's been all year.
Morningside College is the entire package for Emily Andersen. The Jamestown High School senior signed a letter of intent on Thursday to continue her education while playing college volleyball for the Morningside Mustangs. After reviewing nine schools, the nursing major said the decision was fairly easy. "The nursing program is amazing, the coach is amazing and the team is great," Andersen said. "It's also close to family. It's perfect."
Bismarck High made Jamestown pay for its penalties on Thursday in Bismarck. The top team in the West Region banged home five power-play goals in eight opportunities during a 7-0 victory over the Blue Jays at VFW Sports Center. The Demons have scored a total of seven power-play goals against the Blue Jays this season. Bismarck, who improved to 13-0 in the conference, also defeated Jamestown 3-0 at Wilson Arena back in December.
Barnes County North girls basketball coach Tracy Heinze is hoping sickness doesn't derail what has been a fine Bison season to this point. Heinze said three of the Bison's starters and a key reserve were all battling illnesses on Wednesday, with Friday's District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center looming. The Bison have won 10 games this winter, earning the tournament's No. 3 seed. BCN will begin the postseason facing Oakes in the opening round tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Mandan sophomore goalie Maysion Mattern has had his share of ups and downs this season. Unfortunately for Jamestown High School's boys hockey team, Mattern has been on top of his game in both West Region meetings against the Blue Jays. Mattern's 34 saves carried Mandan to a 3-1 victory over Jamestown on Tuesday night at John L. Wilson Arena. The young netminder posted 48 saves in a similar 3-1 victory over Jamestown in Mandan on Jan. 10.