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Blue Jay softball coach Mike Soulis will be looking for a few players to prove themselves this spring. Entering the program's sixth season, Jamestown High School has witnessed success while outgrowing its infancy. It will now look within its ranks to try and reload after a program-best 19 wins and a second consecutive trip to the Class A state softball tournament in 2016.
MINOT—Aanen Moody shattered North Dakota's Class A scoring record this season. On Saturday, the Dickinson standout added the title of Mr. Basketball to his resume. Moody convincingly became the 35th recipient of the award, which is presented annually to the top senior player in the state by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The 6-foot-3 guard received 16 of 24 first-place votes and 91 total points. Moody was one of seven finalists and became the second Dickinson player to earn the award.
It's been two years since sprint cars have turned circles at Jamestown Speedway. That streak will end on June 10, when the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association is scheduled to be back in Jamestown. The date is just one in a loaded, 17-night 2017 schedule released by the speedway. The track's annual test and tune commences April 29th, with opening night to follow on May 6.
Bailey Lamp wasn't sure if continuing to play basketball would be possible. The Jamestown High School senior tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in her right knee during the Blue Jays' first home volleyball match on Aug. 30. It appeared Lamp might have played her final game of any kind in a Blue Jay jersey that night. But after successful surgery and months of physical therapy, she returned to the court in February and finished her high school basketball career by playing in Jamestown's final nine games.
Ellendale will face Dickinson Trinity in the opening round of the state Class B boys basketball tournament on Thursday in Minot. The tournament's top five teams were ranked through an online voting process by coaches of the participating schools, with the remaining three teams being randomly drawn to determine quarterfinal matchups. Ellendale was the second team to be drawn at random, pairing the Cardinals against the Titans. Dickinson Trinity was ranked second in the online voting and was ranked third in the final Class B media poll of the season.
Brennen Vance played like a young man possessed. Maybe it was because it was his final game at the Jamestown Civic Center? Or, maybe it was because Ellendale hadn't been to a state tournament in boys basketball in 32 years? Whatever was the fuel, there was no stopping the Region 3 senior athlete of the year on Thursday night. Vance hit five 3-pointers, scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Cardinals are returning to state for the first time since 1985. Ellendale defeated Carrington 53-40 in the championship game of the Region 3 tournament.
He isn't a guy who normally dazzles offensively, but Ellendale's Lucas Hofer can score the rock when needed. The junior guard capped seven straight points with a circus shot in transition at the Jamestown Civic Center on Tuesday night. The close-range bucket at the buzzer put the Cardinals up 12 after three quarters against Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter in the semifinals of the Region 3 tournament.
Bryce Edland and the Carrington Cardinals had to hold sixth-ranked Linton-HMB scoreless for 12.5 seconds on Tuesday night at the Jamestown Civic Center. Finding out what legendary Linton coach Dan Carr would pull out of his bag of tricks had to feel like an eternity. But the Cardinals didn't buckle under the pressure. A bank shot by the Lions' Jared Baumiller from the right block rimmed in and out, Carrington's Trey Rosenau grabbed the rebound, and the Cardinals defeated the Lions 53-52 in the Region 3 tournament semifinals.
He's known as "G-Money" to his Carrington High School teammates and fans. Garrett Bickett lived up to the moniker on Monday at the Jamestown Civic Center. G-Money's strong third quarter put to bed Carrington's quarterfinal of the Region 3 boys basketball tournament against Strasburg-Zeeland. Bickett nailed a 3-pointer, sank 6-of-6 shots at the foul line and scored 13 of his game-high 22 points in the third. Carrington cruised into tonight's semifinals with a 73-48 victory.
Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter's Ethan Kleppe didn't play in last year's Region 3 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. But that doesn't mean the sophomore guard wasn't paying attention. Kleppe's 3-pointer broke a 54-all tie with Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier late in the fourth quarter of Monday's 62-60 win over the Rebels. In last year's first round, the Rebels ended the Imperials' season 47-45. N-G-S moves on to face Ellendale in tonight's semifinals at 7:30.