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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."
MINOT—Halle Uehran and the Medina-Pingree-Buchanan girls basketball team made a statement Thursday, March 1, at the Minot State University Dome. Uehran filled the stat sheet for the second-ranked Thunder in the opening round of the North Dakota Class B girls state tournament against Watford City. The 6-foot-3 senior center scored 17 points and produced seven rebounds, seven blocks and five assists in the Thunder's 62-20 victory over the Wolves. M-P-B plays Grant County in Friday's semifinals at 8:15 p.m
Nothing is a given during the Class B boys basketball postseason. Carrington was pushed to the limit during the District 5 tournament played Feb. 23-26 at the Jamestown Civic Center. But the sixth-ranked Cardinals prevailed, winning the district championship 78-68 over Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier in coach Tim Ranum's second year heading up the program. The Cardinals (19-2) will play Kidder County (11-10) in the Region 3 tournament quarterfinals Monday, March 5, back at the Civic Center.
University of Jamestown's bats remained hot Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Hillsboro, Kansas. Jimmie baseball bashed 18 hits in a 15-6 trouncing of 16th-ranked Tabor College (Kan.). Quinn Irey smashed a two-run home run in the ninth inning, part of a three-hit day for the Jimmie senior catcher from Bismarck. The Jimmies' Scooter Turin, Drake Pilat and Jaden Yackley also produced three hits each in the contest. Jamestown (10-0) opened the spring Tuesday with victories over Northwestern College (Iowa) and Baker University.
University of Jamestown's Kaiann Arellano should be in the hunt for a top-five finish in the women's indoor pentathlon starting today, March 1, in Pittsburg, Kan. The Jimmie senior, and former Jamestown Blue Jay, is one of seven University of Jamestown athletes competing in this weekend's NAIA indoor track and field national championships. Arellano returns to indoor nationals a two-time All-American after placing eighth in the pentathlon and seventh in the high jump last season.