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Scoring while on the power play, staying out of the penalty box and key saves in front of the net all added up to a victory for the Jamestown boys hockey team at Wilson Arena on Saturday afternoon. Jamestown senior forward Jake Stilwell posted his second hat trick of the young season, and the Jays powered past Williston 7-1 in West Region play. Stilwell entered the game as the state's fifth-leading scorer with 13 points, and he added three goals and two assists to that total against the Coyotes.
If you're going to be known for something, why not buffaloes and racing? Anyone who physically picks up this edition of the Jamestown Sun has heard of White Cloud, the most celebrated albino buffalo around, and Dakota Thunder, the towering concrete behemoth that's visible along I-94 to passersby. These are the entities that make Jamestown -- the Buffalo City -- memorable to the rest of the outside world. But there's something else that's been putting our fair city into the consciousness of others.
The great thing about Thanksgiving Day is the reflection. It's a day when a person looks at and is humbled by the events of his or her life and gives thanks. It's followed with today, Black Friday.
It's one of the most common inspirational messages in the history of sports, but there's a reason why it keeps being repeated. It's more often than not coming from the breath of a state champion. "Hard work pays off," Jamestown High school senior diver Alex Lind said, "and if you don't work hard, nothing is going to be given to you." That simple mantra -- hard work pays off -- was the backbone of Lind's inspirational diving career at JHS.
The cold and snow didn't seem to hamper the Blue Jays during the Class A state cross country meet on Saturday at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson. Both the Jamestown boys and girls teams matched their state finishes from a year ago in conditions that mirrored more of December than October. The day's temps only reached into the mid-20s, with snow and wind mixed in to boot. "I don't want to say it was nice, but as far as we responded it was nice to have some cold weather over the last week or so, so we could get mentally prepared," JHS coach Ken Gardner said.
The New Rockford-Sheyenne 9-man football team got what it wanted this weekend, but it's like a kid on Christmas Day. Will the toy look as good in the living room as it did on the shelf? The No. 2-ranked Rockets (8-0) will find out at 1 p.m. on Saturday in New Rockford, when they host LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (7-2) in the opening round of the state 9-man playoffs. "It's going to be a battle. From what we've seen on tape they are a very solid team with a lot of athletes and playmakers at different positions," Rockets coach Elliott Belquist said.
He won't be defending his 2011 WISSOTA Midwest Modified victory during the 41st annual Jamestown Speedway Stock Car Stampede this weekend, but a 2012 WISSOTA Street Stock Stampede victory would come as no surprise. Jamestown's Billie Christ stunned the 59-car B-Mod field at last year's Stampede, holding off the likes of Grand Forks' Dustin Strand and Minnesota's Travis Sauer, to win his first career B-Mod feature race. The entire scenario, more surprisingly, pretty much came along on a lark.
There's nothing quite like a big conference road victory to remind folks what many have believed since the beginning of the season. The Jamestown Blue Jay volleyball team is legit. The Jays blew into the Bismarck High School gymnasium on Tuesday night and they brought their brooms with them, sweeping one of the West Region's top teams 25-21, 26-24, 25-18. "We've been talking a lot about being composed and staying disciplined on the court," JHS coach Sara Hegerle said.
Both teams entered the evening in search of their first win of the season on Thursday at Bolinger Courts, and in the end it was Williston notching a 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays in high school boys tennis. The Jays and the Coyotes split at singles, with each team notching three victories, but in doubles it was all Williston as the Coyotes improved to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the West Region. "You've got to give credit to Williston. They came in and won the big matches when they needed them," JHS coach Pat Mullowney said.
The Majettes girls swimming team got the best of the Blue Jays in the pool during a dual in Minot on Tuesday, but Jamestown retained its dominance on the diving board. Jamestown's Alex Lind and Abby Wanzek once again finished 1-2 in the diving competition, as Minot defeated Jamestown 135-51. "We saw a lot of improvement, mainly in our distance events and in diving," JHS coach Ben Smith said. "All five of our divers improved on their scores this meet." Lind, the defending state diving champion, ran away with the top spot, posting a score of 284.65.