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JAMESTOWN—There's bittersweet moments, and then there's what Hannah Schiele experienced to end her high school gymnastics career. Immediately after watching her freshman sister Rachel Schiele fall off the balance beam, Hannah was up to perform her final floor exercise as a Jamestown Blue Jay. Rachel Schiele was attempting to defend her title as beam champion Saturday, Feb. 24, during the individual competition of the state gymnastics meet at Jerry Meyer Arena. "I kept watching her, and she started crying," the senior Schiele said. "My heart was broke in two."
Jamestown gymnastics coach Dave Tews was nothing but proud of his team Friday night at Jerry Meyer Arena. The Blue Jays were shooting for silver, but bronze ain't bad. Dickinson ran away in capturing its third-straight North Dakota high school state gymnastics team championship, while Bismarck—just like at the West Region competition—slipped past the Blue Jays for second. Today's individual state competition begins at 1 p.m.
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's Jamison Kramer left three points at the foul line in the fourth quarter Friday at the Jamestown Civic Center. But luckily the Loboes didn't need them facing Oakes in the quarterfinals of the District 5 boys basketball tournament. Kramer posted a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Shay Ness poured 20 through the hoop, helping the Loboes cruise 69-56 over the Tornadoes. L-L-M will play eighth-ranked Carrington in Saturday's semifinals at 6 p.m.
Much has been said of Medina-Pingree-Buchanan's 6-foot senior trio this season in North Dakota Class B girls basketball. But sophomore guard Megan Moser and junior wing Amanda Allen were going to have to step up Thursday in order for the Thunder to get past Carrington for the Region 3 championship at the Jamestown Civic Center. The underclassmen delivered. Moser scored 15 points in the opening three quarters, and Allen buried four 3-pointers on five shots from beyond the arc to help lift second-ranked M-P-B to a 59-50 victory over the fourth-ranked Cardinals.
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier is hoping to crash the Class B boys basketball party this postseason. A team just two seasons removed from winning 20 games and advancing all the way to the Region 3 title tilt, E-K-M has won 10 of it's last 12 contests and has to be liking its chances heading into tomorrow's District 5 tournament quarterfinals at the Jamestown Civic Center.
University of Jamestown women's basketball would have made a school of piranha proud Wednesday night at Harold Newman Arena. The seventh-ranked Jimmies weren't playing around in a 100-39 victory over Waldorf University in the quarterfinals of the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament. Jimmie senior guard McKayla Orr led the charge, scoring 12 points and collecting four steals in a game that witnessed the home team clobbering the visitor 28-4 after one quarter. Orr said ample motivation had been provided earlier this week in practice.
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.