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JAMESTOWN—Three finalists have been chosen for the North Dakota Miss Basketball award. Seniors Anna Holen from LaMoure-Litchville-Marion, North Star's Stephanie Miller and Raegan Linster of Fargo Davies have been nominated by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The award will be announced after the Class A girls state championship game on Saturday, March 10, at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
University of Jamestown is moving on at the NAIA Division II women’s basketball tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. The Jimmies defeated Cardinal Stritch University 65-51 in the tournament’s opening round Wednesday morning, March 7, at the Tyson Events Center. The eighth-ranked Jimmies (30-4) play ninth-ranked Indiana Tech (30-3) in the second round this Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Jacob Ulmer made the most of his opportunities Tuesday, March 6, at the Jamestown Civic Center. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's 6-foot-1 junior forward scored only six points on three shots, but four were of the clutch variety in the quarterfinals of the Region 3 boys basketball tournament. Ulmer's back-to-back buckets near the basket midway through the third quarter snapped a 32-32 tie with Strasburg-Zeeland, and the Loboes would eventually sail 53-41 over the District 6 champion Clippers.
Garrett Bickett doesn't need any added motivation to score points on the basketball court. But it certainly doesn't hurt, either. The Carrington senior guard splashed in five 3-pointers and posted a game-high 25 points Tuesday, March 6, at the Jamestown Civic Center, lifting the Cardinals to a 61-34 opening-round victory at the Region 3 boys basketball tournament.
Picturing either McKayla Orr, Paige Emmel or Bryn Woodside teary-eyed isn't exactly easy. But even the senior backcourt for University of Jamestown women's basketball—three of the toughest women to put on the orange and black for head coach Greg Ulland—isn't immune to typical sentimental emotions.
The Class B boys Region 3 basketball tournament scheduled to begin today, March 5, at the Jamestown Civic Center has been postponed. The tournament's quarterfinals have been tentatively rescheduled to begin Tuesday, March 6. State tournament seeding will be announced on stewide television at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 in between championship games at the Class A state basketball tournament in Fargo. Region 3 Tournament
MINOT—When Medina-Pingree-Buchanan's Lauren Moser fouled out Saturday, March 3, at the Minot State University Dome, fellow Thunder senior Halle Uehran had her back. The same distribution of duties and leadership that helped the second-ranked Thunder rack up 23 prior wins won another one against eighth-ranked Thompson. Uehran calmly swished 4-for-4 at the free-throw line in the final minute, preserving a 41-36 Thunder victory over the Tommies in the third-place game of the state Class B girls basketball tournament.
MINOT—There's something about the Grant County girls basketball team this postseason and hitting spectacular shots. One night after senior Alexis Bentz walked-off the Coyotes with a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, it was teammate Taylor Roehl's turn on semifinal night of the North Dakota Class B state tournament Friday, March 2, at the Minot State University Dome. Roehl made a heave from past half court to end the first quarter against second-ranked Medina-Pingree-Buchanan, and then made good on a second trey from the top of the key in the final seconds of period No. 2.
Jamestown's Colton Carlson and Jonas Flann will have one last battle between friends in the pool. The Blue Jay senior teammates both qualified for the A finals of the 100-yard breaststroke at the state swimming and diving meet Friday, March 2, at West Fargo's Hulbert Aquatic Center. Carlson finished fourth overall in the prelims, touching in 1 minute, 1.54 seconds, while Flann finished seventh in 1:02.98. The top eight finishers in the preliminary races qualify for the A finals—where champions are crowned. The remaining swimmers in the top 16 qualify for the B finals.
Jimmie baseball suffered its first loss of the season Friday, March 2, in Springfield, Mo. The bats were quiet for University of Jamestown in a 3-2 loss at Evangel University. But the Jimmies responded, winning the second game of a four-game weekend series 8-2 against the Crusaders. The Jimmies and the Crusaders play a second twinbill Saturday starting at noon. "We were able to get guys on, get them over and get them in, in game 2," said University of Jamestown head coach Tom Hager. "In game 1 we struggled with getting them in."