West Fargo United girls hockey coach Pat Johnson is a difficult man to please. His team just jumped into first place over in-town rival Fargo North-South-Shanley after a 9-1 six-point victory over Jamestown High School, but could only think about what his team could do better.
Turtle Mountain Community High School had a tall task ahead of it Saturday night. The Braves had to take care of 6-foot-6 junior forward Mason Walters and 6-4 sophomore forward Boden Skunberg. Turtle Mountain took a 27-26 lead into halftime, but a 32-7 run by Jamestown sparked a 65-40 victory at Jerry Meyer Arena. "Every WDA game is a dogfight," said Jamestown boys basketball coach Jacoby Lloyd. "(It was) closer than I would've liked it to be. In the second half we got a little bit more penetration and more offensive rebounds."
Jamestown High School girls basketball got an early start to the track and field season Saturday. A 28-0 Blue Jay run in the first half ran up the score early, helping Jamestown sprint past visiting Turtle Mountain Community High School 81-38 at Jerry Meyer Arena. "We knew we had to come out hard," said junior forward Courtney Peterson. "We won the past three games so we didn't wanna lose our momentum. We knew we had some good opportunities in this game."
Every time Hannah Peterson had the puck in the slot something bad was about to happen for Jamestown High School. The Mandan senior forward scored a hat trick 23 minutes into Thursday's girls hockey game at John L. Wilson Arena, lifting the Braves to a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays. "I've been kind of waiting all year for her to have a game where she breaks out a little bit for us," said Mandan coach Matt Strinden. "Certainly for us that was this game for her. From the first drop of the puck she was on her game."
There's not a 3-point contest in North Dakota high school girls basketball, but Tuesday night's matchup between Jamestown and Minot was close. Both teams combined for 53 attempts from beyond the arc. Jamestown went 9 of 23 and Minot went 8 of 30. "That's a little above our average so it's nice to see the ball go in the hole a little bit," said Jamestown girls coach Andy Skunberg. "The last couple games have been a little struggle. Thirty-nine percent, I'll take that every game."