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Colten Jangula plays more of a defensive role this season for Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter boys basketball. So when his shot from halfcourt ripped through the net to end the first quarter Thursday against Midkota at the Jamestown Civic Center, the sophomore forward was just as startled as everyone else. "I was honestly surprised," Jangula said. "When I looked up right away, I thought it was an airball."
Carrington boys basketball coach Tim Ranum is still looking for four quarters of basketball out of the Cardinals. He's hoping he finds it starting today in Jamestown. Carrington (3-2) plays Medina-Pingree-Buchanan (1-3) this evening at 6 p.m. in the third quarterfinal game of the annual Stutsman County Tournament at the Civic Center. "We're a little disappointed with the way we've been playing the last couple games," Ranum said. "We just want to play better. We want to prove something and play to our potential."
Lofton Klabunde and the fifth-ranked Minot Magicians had their hands full Tuesday night at Jamestown's Jerry Meyer Arena. Klabunde capped a 12-4 Minot run with a 3-pointer late in the second half, flipping a 55-54 Jamestown advantage to a 66-59 Minot lead with close to 2 minutes remaining in regulation. The 6-foot-3 senior forward filled the stat sheet with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, helping Minot escape Jamestown with a 73-66 victory.
Mason Walters' double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds helped lift Jamestown High School boys basketball to a 61-51 victory Saturday at Fargo North. The Blue Jays led 29-24 at the half and outpaced the Spartans 32-27 after the break. Jamestown shot just over 40 percent from the field (23 of 56) and outrebounded the opposition 43-32. John Horgan (15 points) and Ryder Lunzman (10) also reached double figures in scoring for the Blue Jays (3-4). Boden Skunberg filled the stat sheet with 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Just when it was believed Region 3 girls basketball couldn't get any tougher, here comes Grace Benz and the Kidder County Wolves. Benz eclipsed 1,000 career points Friday in the Wolves' 58-44 defeat of top-ranked Langdon-Edmore-Munich at the University of Jamestown Shootout. Kidder County followed that up with a convincing 56-29 victory over Enderlin to finish the shootout Saturday at Harold Newman Arena.
Greg Ulland didn't just reach the 200th victory of his coaching career Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa; he should've also received a speeding ticket. The mastermind behind University of Jamestown's current run of success in women's basketball met the impressive feat in just 243 games. For those without a calculator handy, that's a winning percentage of .823.
Callie Ronningen probably didn't need to set an alarm clock Saturday morning. One day after her No. 1-ranked Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals fell to Kidder County by 14 points at the University of Jamestown Shootout, Ronningen and the Cardinal girls basketball team were bright-eyed and ready to go against sixth-ranked Carrington. The 5-foot-11 sophomore forward posted a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, helping lift her northern Cardinals over the southern Cardinals 55-51 at Harold Newman Arena.
No Hunter Sand, no problem for Tyler Loe and the Dakota Prairie boys basketball team Friday at Harold Newman Arena. Loe dropped in a game-high 24 points and pulled in seven rebounds, helping the Knights top Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 52-35 in the annual Class B University of Jamestown Shootout. "I'm just trying to get the win right here," said Loe, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard who has been a fixture on varsity since the eighth grade. "It doesn't matter about my stats, as long as we win the game that's all that's important to me right now."
Kidder County girls basketball knocked off Class B's No. 1 team Friday at Jamestown High School. Grace Benz surpassed 1,000 career points for the Wolves, helping Kidder County work past top-ranked Langdon-Edmore-Munich 58-44 to highlight day 1 of the fourth annual University of Jamestown Shootout. Benz scored 24 points and did a majority of damage in the first half. Benz nailed three 3-pointers and poured in 15 to send the Wolves into the break with a 32-15 advantage.
Role players are known to sometimes steal the show. Enderlin's Austin Glarum lit up the fourth quarter Friday night at Harold Newman Arena. The sophomore guard drained 5 of 7 from downtown in the final frame to lift the Eagles to a 62-54 victory over Medina-Pingree-Buchanan during the University of Jamestown Shootout.