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Strasburg-Zeeland's boys basketball team hoisted the Region 3 championship trophy the last time it played inside the Jamestown Civic Center. It also had Mr. Basketball finalist Brody Nieuwsma. But a new team is beginning to find confidence this season, which was evident during Tuesday's Linton-HMB Shootout at the Civic Center. The Clippers controlled the second half in a 60-47 victory over Medina-Pingree-Buchanan.
Allan Pruss kicked down the door and the rest of the University of Jamestown men's hockey team bowled through it on Sunday at John L. Wilson Arena. An unassisted breakaway goal by the freshman forward ignited a four-goal second period by the 10th-ranked Jimmies against visiting University of Colorado. Jamestown cruised to victory No. 13 on the season with a 6-2 win over the Buffaloes. "We were just itching to get one," Pruss said. "We were buzzing pretty hard in the first. Once we got that first one it kind of opened up and paved the way for the rest of the team."
Easton Bennett was in fifth-grade the last time Jamestown High School defeated Minot in boys hockey. It's a streak of victories that extended to 19 straight games on Friday. Bennett, Minot's all-state senior forward, scored two of the Magicians' five goals in a dreadful third period for the Blue Jays. Minot eventually won 7-1 over Jamestown at John L. Wilson Arena.
Hockey can sometimes be a frustrating game to play. Jamestown High School outshot Mandan to the tune of 49-14 in boys hockey Tuesday night, but somehow came away holding the short end of the stick. The Braves scored twice in the third period on their home ice, handing the Blue Jays a tough 3-1 defeat in West Region hockey.
Bryce Edland said it was merely coincidence the basketball found his hands in the closing seconds of Saturday's Stutsman County tournament championship. But make no mistake. Carrington High School's best player was the one who buried the game winner. Edland's 18-foot jumper from the right corner splashed through the cylinder with 1.8 seconds left, lifting the 10th-ranked Cardinals past the Ellendale Cardinals 61-59 at the Jamestown Civic Center. The shot dashed Ellendale's bid at a third consecutive Stutsman tourney title.
Cole Burkle doomed Dickinson's day the moment he laced up his skates on Saturday at West River Ice Center. The Jamestown High School senior forward buried a penalty shot in overtime for his third goal of the game, powering the Blue Jays past Dickinson 3-2 in OT on the Midgets' home ice. Burkle's hat trick came just 24 hours after teammate Devin Hofmann's trick led the Jays over Bottineau-Rugby 6-1 at home.
Ellendale High School will be attempting a Stutsman County tournament three-peat this afternoon at the Jamestown Civic Center. Brennen Vance's 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists lifted the Cardinals past Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 74-50 during Friday's semifinals. Ellendale (4-2) faces 10th-ranked Carrington (7-0) in the title game today at 3 p.m. for a shot at a third consecutive championship trophy. "That's awesome. Not many teams get to do that," said Vance, Ellendale's 6-foot-3 senior leader. "I'm glad we're one of those teams."
Jamestown High School hadn't played a competitive boys hockey game in 17 days. But the long layoff due to weather-related postponements and Christmas break wasn't much of a factor for junior forward Devin Hofmann and the Blue Jays. Hofmann posted his first career hat trick on Friday night, helping Jamestown roll big over visiting Bottineau-Rugby 6-1 at John L. Wilson Arena. The Blue Jays will look to keep the momentum rolling today at Dickinson. "It feels good. We had a long break," said Hofmann. "That third period we kicked it into gear and made it happen.
Luke Wertz has made a name for himself as a defensive stopper for Ellendale High School. But the 6-foot-2 senior forward can also score the basketball. Wertz's 17 points, six rebounds and four steals helped lead the Cardinals past Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 52-23 in the opening round of the Stutsman County tournament on Thursday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Wertz went a perfect 8-of-8 from the field in the game. Ellendale faces Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter tonight at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.
Elly Millender's shot off the post nearly leveled Thursday's game in the third period against visiting Mandan. The Blue Jays were trailing just 2-1 to start the final 17 minutes when the senior center almost tallied her second goal of the game. A late flurry by Mandan, however, dashed Jamestown's bid at its first girls hockey varsity win of the season. Back-to-back goals scored by Mandan's Emily Froelich and Taley Davis in the span of 1 minute, 17 seconds essentially put it away, helping the Braves defeat the Blue Jays 4-2