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Facing the fourth-ranked team in the state would've been difficult on any night. It was especially challenging on Thursday for the Blue Jay wrestling team at home against Mandan. Open at five weight classes due to sickness and event limits, Jamestown High School fell in the dual 69-4 to the Braves. "They're the No. 4 team in the state for a reason," Jamestown coach Larry Eslick said. "It's the time of year where you want the kids ready for the region tournament, and with a dual like this tonight it was an opportunity for us to get some kids healthy.
Maara Nelson isn't one to boast about her athletic ability. The Carrington senior standout is too busy concentrating on what she and the fourth-ranked Cardinals can do better on the basketball court. Currently, Nelson explains there's work to be done on the glass prior to the weekend. Carrington hosts No. 1-ranked North Star on Saturday in a battle of Class B unbeatens. "We take pride in that," Nelson said of her team's rebounding. "If we don't box out, we get a little frustrated with ourselves. "It's been one of our biggest struggles lately."
Sydney Smith and the St. Mary's Saints turned up the heat in the second half on Tuesday at Jamestown High School's Jerry Meyer Arena. Smith broke loose for 15 of her game-high 19 points after the break, helping the Saints erase a 30-24 halftime deficit and defeat the Blue Jays 59-48 in come-from-behind fashion. "The first half we were a bit slow, but in the second half something changed," said Smith, a 5-foot-8 junior guard. "I don't know what it was, but it was a good change."
Leo Halko nearly completed the comeback on Tuesday night for Jamestown High School's boys hockey team. But the junior forward's point-blank shot in the slot with less than five seconds remaining was turned away with a beauty of a pad save by Fargo North junior goalie Ryley Pladson. The puck whistled into the corner boards and time quickly expired in what turned into a 3-2 victory for the Spartans at John L. Wilson Arena.
Hard work was back at the forefront on Saturday for Jamestown High School's blue-collar boys hockey team. The Blue Jays put the biscuit in the basket four times against the Coyotes in Williston, bringing a three-game West Region losing streak to a close. Jamestown shutout Williston 4-0 to move back over .500 in the West Region standings.
Fargo Davies put an exclamation mark at the end of the regular season series against Jamestown High School in girls hockey. The Eagles erupted for three goals in the span of 2 minutes, 38 seconds in the third period on Friday night at John L. Wilson Arena, stretching a three-goal lead into a 6-0 victory over the Blue Jays. Fargo Davies (11-5) also defeated Jamestown (2-14) 5-2 in Fargo on New Year's Eve.
Jamestown High School's Sam Krebs is slippery at 220 pounds. The sophomore wrestler produced four two-point reversals Friday night at home against Dickinson's Matthew Painter. The effort helped Krebs notch a 12-9 decision, receiving the loudest ovation of the night as his final reverse sewed up the victory with less than 10 seconds left in the match. The Blue Jays didn't throw in the towel during a 58-11 dual loss to the Midgets.
It wasn't the best score the team has turned in this season, but Jamestown High School gymnastics coach Dave Tews was happy with the performance. The Blue Jays put together a team score of 138.9 to the Braves' 125.2 on Thursday night in Mandan. It was another solid result following the latest round of adjustments. "That's a good score considering we were trying a lot of new things," Tews said. "Some new things don't always go right." Maggie Ridley's impressive season kept moving forward. The senior won the all around (34.15) and also won on foor (8.95).
Mariah Wick is the lone senior member of a youthful Medina-Pingree-Buchanan girls basketball team. But that certainly hasn't meant she's had to shoulder leadership duties alone. Wick and the Thunder topped Strasburg-Zeeland 48-11 on Tuesday during the Linton-HMB Shootout at the Jamestown Civic Center. It was M-P-B's 10th win of the season. "I don't feel like I'm the only senior," said Wick, who was one of a host of Thunder players battling the flu bug Tuesday. "We have so many girls that play above their age, and play above what grade they're in.
Jerzey Martin was playing with a chip on his shoulder Tuesday night at John L. Wilson Arena. The Dickinson senior forward spent plenty of time in the penalty box the last time his Midgets faced the Jamestown Blue Jays, but he was able to come through to help the Midgets earn the season split on Jamestown's home ice. Martin's 12th goal of the season tied the game at 1-all in the second period, and his 13th put the Midgets out front in the third, as Dickinson topped the Blue Jays 3-1. Just 10 days prior, Jamestown defeated the Midgets in Dickinson 3-2 in overtime.