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Blue Jay girls hockey will have spent the entire first month of the season on the road by Dec. 19. That's when Jamestown High School will finally play in front of its home crowd at John L. Wilson Arena. But new coach Andy Fitzgerald explained the Jays have been making the most of all the windshield time. "We're a really young team and being on the road has given the girls a chance to get to know each other a little bit better," Fitzgerald said. "They've spent some quality time together on the bus."
Jamestown High School boys swimming posted a successful opening weekend Saturday at the Fargo Davies Pentathlon. The Blue Jays qualified six athletes for the state swimming and diving meet right out of the gate. Jamestown coach Ben Smith has 42 athletes out this winter, the largest team he's coached. "Our team looks really good this year," Smith said. "We've got really healthy numbers and it's been great to see the program grow since coming to Jamestown."
Wins aren't always pretty two weeks into the season, but sinking free throws in the clutch always looks good. Ninth-ranked Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier converted 11 of 12 at the line in the fourth quarter Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center, topping eighth-ranked Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 36-31 in the championship game of the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament. The defending Region 3 champions improved to 5-0 after the battle of two early-December unbeatens.
Williston ended the high school boys hockey season for Jamestown last February in loser-out play of the West Region tournament in Bismarck. But Blue Jay senior captain Leo Halko said that 3-2 loss was ancient history Saturday at John L. Wilson Arena. Jamestown outshot the Coyotes 66-13 in a convincing 4-0 victory. "We just played it as a normal game, trying to get our three points for the West Region," Halko said.
The Jimmie women’s basketball team started Friday’s game against Waldorf University on a 10-0 run and never looked back at Harold Newman Arena. The eighth-ranked Jimmies defeated the Warriors 81-50. Jamestown forced some early turnovers with their defensive pressure in the opening minutes. Waldorf did not score its first field goal until 1 minute remained in the first period. The Jimmies held Waldorf to 8 of 24 shooting in the first half and forced 15 turnovers.
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan's Lauren Moser didn't initially succeed, but she tried, and tried and tried again Friday at the Jamestown Civic Center. After a shaky fourth quarter, the senior forward nailed the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime against fifth-ranked Carrington during a semifinal contest of the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament.
Basketball practice took on an entirely new dynamic this season for Class B second team all-state forward Katie Entzi. Katie's father, Rory Entzi, took over Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier girls head-coaching duties this winter with the departure of former coach Megan Cleveland. Rory and the Rebels will be trying to follow up a 20-win season that witnessed E-K-M win the Region 3 title and finish seventh at the state tournament last March. The Rebels are currently ranked ninth in the state.
The region is already well aware of Carrington's senior standout Emerson Hoornaert, but sophomore sister Addison Hoornaert stood out Thursday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Filling a starting guard position for injured senior Haley Hewitt, Addison scored a game-high 19 points to help lift the fifth-ranked Cardinals to a 69-33 victory over South Border in the opening round of the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament. Carrington plays Medina-Pingree-Buchanan tonight at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.
Lauren Moser says the early-season hype surrounding Medina-Pingree-Buchanan girls basketball won't be a distraction. So far, so good for the starting senior forward and the Thunder, who improved to 3-0 Thursday with a 56-22 victory over Midkota to open the annual Stutsman County tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. M-P-B is ranked eighth in the first statewide Class B girls basketball media poll released earlier this week. It will face fifth-ranked Carrington in tonight's semifinals at 6 p.m.
Jamestown enjoyed a banner season last winter in high school gymnastics. Rachel Schiele earned the Blue Jays' first individual state championship since 1972, and what would have been a team score of 143.533 during the individual portion of the state gymnastics meet was possibly the school's best performance ever, according to coach Dave Tews.