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PINGREE, N.D.—It wasn't easy for Medina-Pingree-Buchanan girls basketball coach Brett Thielges to address the elephant in the locker room Monday night. Talented Thunder teams guided by Thielges have lost in the semifinals of the Class B Region 3 tournament the past two seasons. And, the pressure has been building. Pingree-Buchanan hasn't been represented at a Class B state girls basketball tournament since 1996. Medina, rather remarkably, has never made the trip.
University of Jamestown women's basketball proved once again what defending the entire court for 40 minutes can look like on the scoreboard. The sixth-ranked Jimmies held 25th-ranked Mayville State University without a field goal for 13 minutes, 41 seconds Saturday in a lopsided 95-54 Jimmie victory at Harold Newman Arena. From 2:33 remaining in the first quarter, to 8:52 left to play in the third, all Jamestown coughed up to the Comets were two Kylee Heurung second-quarter free throws.
Carter Keller is all of a sudden logging big-time minutes off the bench for conference-leading University of Jamestown men's basketball. The sophomore guard looked the part for a second-straight game for the surging Jimmies. Keller entered Saturday's contest against 22nd-ranked Mayville State University after just 3 minutes, 37 seconds, and he promptly buried three first-half 3-pointers and scored 15 total points to help the Jimmies upset the Comets 69-62 at Harold Newman Arena.
Hannah Schiele and Alexis Triebenbach did what seniors are supposed to do Friday at American Gold Gymnastics on the campus of Fargo South High School. New routines on bars didn't exactly turn in stellar results for Jamestown High School, but the duo's added effort all week in practice inspired the Blue Jays to their best team result of the season.
Whatever was said at halftime in the Jimmie men's locker room Thursday at Dickinson State University worked. University of Jamestown scored 49 points after the break, overcoming a 34-29 deficit to sink the Blue Hawks 78-71. The win avenged an earlier 79-72 loss to Dickinson State, which is receiving votes in the NAIA top 25 coaches' poll. "I thought we came out and we played hard in the first half, but we didn't play smart," Jimmie men's basketball coach Danny Neville said. "In the second half we played hard, but we also played smart."
Colton Carlson swam his best 100-yard breaststroke of the season Thursday at the JHS pool, passing teammate Jonas Flann's top time in the process. The two Jamestown High School seniors currently own the state's fourth and fifth best times in the event, with Carlson's 1 minute, 4.63 seconds leading Flann's 1:04.75. But a little friendly competition has been a good thing, according to Blue Jay swimming and diving coach Ben Smith. The Blue Jays fell 135-51 in a dual against Minot, with Carlson winning the breaststroke.
Sometimes the first half of a basketball game can mimic crawling out of the wrong side of bed. The Jimmie men struggled early Tuesday against visiting Trinity Bible College at Harold Newman Arena. The Lions of the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference led by as many as five points and forced six lead changes in the opening 20 minutes, as University of Jamestown rather sheepishly owned a 37-32 advantage at the break.
Some early spring cleaning is underway at Jamestown Gymnastics Club. The Blue Jays no longer need the dusty sign reading "142.3" cluttering up the joint. Jamestown soared to a season-best 142.75 while hosting the four-team Midwinter Invite on Saturday, smashing a goal the Blue Jays set for themselves dating back to last season. But plenty of work remains for the Jays, which possibly includes the construction of a new motivational message.
University of Jamestown women's basketball got back to business Friday in La Crosse, Wisc. Two days after having its 16-game winning streak snapped by 12th-ranked Dakota Wesleyan at Newman Arena, Jamestown moved to 10-0 in North Star Athletic Association conference play with a convincing 90-52 victory over the V-Hawks.
There's never a good time to pick up simultaneous minor penalties in a boys hockey game, especially trailing 4-3 to start the third period. West Fargo Sheyenne took advantage Thursday night against Jamestown High School. A slashing penalty on the Blue Jays' Parker Stockert, plus a two-minute minor on teammate Devin Hofmann for delay of game—both coming just 23 seconds into the final 17 minutes—provided the break the Mustangs needed at John L. Wilson Arena.