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Leadership bloomed for Jamestown girls hockey the past two days in Minnesota. Blue Jay senior captain Sydney Soulis scored the second hat trick of her career Thursday at Crookston Sports Center. The three goals helped spur Jamestown High School to a second straight victory, defeating Park Rapids 7-4 at Crookston's annual Christmas break tournament. The Blue Jays (2-8-0) defeated the host team 5-2 on Wednesday and have now started a new streak after falling in eight straight to start the season.
Kylie Mitchell's breakout game Wednesday night in Minnesota brought a years-long journey to a triumphant end. The Blue Jay junior forward buried two pucks into the net at Crookston Sports Center, helping lift Jamestown High School girls hockey to its first win of the season 5-2 over the Crookston Pirates. Mitchell played in just two of 23 contests last winter for Jamestown after being diagnosed with a broken back. According to Mitchell, the injury had actually occurred a couple years earlier.
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion and Medina-Pingree-Buchanan will battle where the pros play tomorrow in Minneapolis. A meaningful Region 3 girls basketball matchup will unfold Thursday at noon inside newly renovated Target Center, home to the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. The fifth-ranked Loboes (8-0) will storm the big court against the eighth-ranked Thunder (6-2), with LaMoure-Litchville-Marion boys basketball (3-0) playing Glenburn (0-5) to follow at 2 p.m.
The North Dakota High School Coaches Association doles out a pair of awards each season to the state's top two senior volleyball players.
Andrew Christianson kicked off Christmas early. The Fargo Oak Grove senior standout surpassed 1,000 career points Friday night at Harold Newman Arena. Christianson's game-high 26 guided the 10th-ranked Grovers past second-ranked Beulah 66-56 in Class B boys basketball action at the Jimmie Basketball Holiday Classic. "It's an honor to get 1,000 points, but most importantly we got a win against a great Beulah team," Christianson said. "It was a fun matchup in a nice arena, and there's nothing more I'd rather get than a win."
Abby Grounds' first varsity goal in the third period Tuesday night at John L. Wilson Arena highlighted the improvements Jamestown is making in girls hockey. The sophomore defenseman slipped a shot through the five-hole while successfully keeping the puck in the zone from above the slot against visiting Aberdeen (S.D.). The Blue Jays ultimately fell 4-1, but the tally was Jamestown's first of the season that wasn't produced by a first-line forward.
Senior swimmer Jonas Flann and junior diver Gage Poland led a strong Jamestown Blue Jay effort Saturday at the Fargo North Invitational. Flann was the second-highest point scorer in the five-event meet, while Poland came in 12th, helping the Blue Jays place second of six teams with 87 points. Flann won the 100 breaststroke in 1 minutes, 5.01 seconds, edging West Fargo Sheyenne's Tim Hulbert at the wall (1:05.52). Poland (312.65) and Fargo Davies' Levi Wanger (385.80) both bested the previous pool record of 300.15 in the diving competition, with Wanger taking the win.
Jamestown High School girls hockey held strong with the Knightriders for two periods Saturday in Grand Forks. But back-to-back goals scored 38 seconds apart in third period lifted Grand Forks to a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Jamestown's seven-game road trip to start the season ends tomorrow hosting Aberdeen (S.D.) at 7 p.m. inside John L. Wilson Arena.
Talor Huebner was nearly pinned and trailed 7-1 in the first period Friday night at Jamestown High School's Jerry Meyer Arena. But in keeping with a major Blue Jay theme this season, Huebner refused to quit. The freshman fought back at 113 pounds and tied Turtle Mountain sophomore Frank Chapman 14-14 after three periods to force sudden death. Huebner scored a two-point takedown in the extra minute and completed the comeback.
VALLEY CITY—A Top 25 matchup lived up to the billing Friday night in Valley City as No. 6 University of Jamestown edged No. 19 Valley City State University, 53-52. The thrilling game pitted the top two teams in North Star Athletic Association women's basketball, and at the end of the night it was Jamestown that survived the hard-fought contest unscathed in conference play.