Blue Jay Roundup: Basketball, hockey both on the road
The Jamestown High School girls and boys hockey and girls and boys basketball teams were in action on Dec. 3.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
"The girls did a great job in our first game this season," JHS head girls basketball coach Andy Skunberg said. "It was fun to see our team working together. The girls did a good job taking shots and played well as a team."
Jamestown kicked off its season with a 44-point road victory Friday night in Valley City. The Blue Jays topped the Hi-Liners 94-50 to move to 1-0 overall and 0-1 in the WDA. Jamestown's first conference test is slated to come on Tuesday at Bismarck St. Mary's. First tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Blue Jays wasted no time getting to the hoop, outscoring the Hi-Liners 49-26 the opening half. Senior Annie Nabwe led her teammates in scoring with 20 points, six of which were secured from the stripe. Nabwe was 7-of-11 from the floor. The senior also helped out on defense making three steals and six defensive rebounds. Nabwe tallied 11 total rebounds.
Ella Falk was the go-to on the perimeter. The junior made all three of her attempted 3-point shots and made five from 2-point range. Falk recorded 14 total points and team-high of three assists. 10 out of the 11 athletes on Skunberg's roster came up with at least two points.
"We made sure to get to the board for rebounds," Skunberg said. "It’s the first game of the season so we have some things to continue to work on like reducing turnovers and sharpening our defense. Overall, I am happy with our performance tonight and we are all very excited to see for the season."
Jamestown 94, Valley City 50
JHS 49 45 -- 94
VC 26 24 -- 50
JHS -- Annie Nabwe 20, Ella Falk 14, Karlie Remmick 13, Haylie Hakanson 9, T. Bosche 9, Katie Falk 7, Rylee Joseph 7, Katie Trumbauer 7, Hunter Petersen 6, Jada Walter 2. Totals: 41-93 FG, 21-27 FT, 42 rebounds, 15 fouls, 13 assists, 16 turnovers, 1 block, 21 steals. 3-pointers: Falk 3, Bosche 3, Joseph 1, Trumbauer 1, Remmick 1.
FD -- Tesa Olson 14, Carly Goven 8, Brooke Eggermont 7, Peyton Pederson 6, Drew Potratz 4, Dylann Diegel 4, Faith Peterson 3, Greta Goven 3, Addy Kvilvang 1. Totals: 21 FGM, 6-10 FT, 23 turnovers, 21 fouls. 3-pointers: Peterson 1, G. Goven 1.
Girls hockey close to catching Bismarck
Alexis Kirkeby had a fire lit underneath her from when she first stepped onto the ice Friday evening in Bismarck.
The junior forward for the Jamestown High School hockey team, had no time for pleasantries as she quickly maneuvered her way around the Bismarck defensemen to notch her fourth goal in two games.
Kirkeby's goal-scoring play, stopped the clock 44 seconds into the first period.
The Jays held the lead until Bismarck's Ella Reister knotted things up at one with a goal scored with 9 minutes and 37 minutes left to play in the first. The Blizzard ended up winning the match 2-1 to move to 2-0 overall. The Blue Jays now stand at 1-1. Jamestown's next chance for a win is slated for Tuesday at West Fargo. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.
Bismarck secured their second win of the season with a goal from Brenna Curl with 10:17 left in the third period. Newbie Blue Jay goalie, Olivia Sorlie, made 20 saves in her second career start.
Jamestown ended the 51 minutes with three two-minute minors issued while Bismarck served 10 minutes in the box.
Bismarck 2, Jamestown 1
JHS 1 0 0 -- 1
BIS 1 0 1 -- 2
First period: 1. JHS, Alexis Kirkeby (Liv Frohlich), 0:44; 2. BIS, Ella Reister (Cameron Schmidt), 9:37.
Second period: No scoring.
Third period: 3. BIS, Brenna Curl (Avery Matt, Madison Cole), 10:17.
Goalie Saves: JHS, Olivia Sorlie, 7-7-6--20; BIS, Kambree Grabar 1-3-2--6
Penalties: JHS 3 for 6 minutes; BIS 5 for 10 minutes.
Boys basketball easily tops Valley City
There were some new names taking shots for the Jamestown High School boys basketball team -- and they were banking them.
The Blue Jays topped Valley City 61-34 Friday night in their first official contest of the 2021-22 season. Jamestown will host Bismarck St. Mary's on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Jerry Meyer Arena to begin conference play.
Varsity newbies Ryan Larson and Mason Lunzman were the Jays' top-two scorers, recording 11 and 10 points. The duo each made a pair of shots from behind the arc to drive up their point totals. Luke Van Berkom, the Jays' big man on the inside, also cracked into double digits, adding 10 to the Blue Jays' scorebooks.
"It was a great defensive effort and the attitudes were fantastic, despite shooting the ball well," JHS head coach Jacoby Lloyd said. "I thought the young kids brought great energy and the seniors provided leadership."
The Jays made 23 total field goals compared to the 12 managed by Valley. Jamestown went 5-of-9 at the stripe for Lloyd.
Calahan Burchill was the Hi-Liners' leading scorer with seven.
Jamestown 61, Valley City 34
JHHS 24 37 -- 61
VC 10 24 -- 34
JHS -- Ryan Larson 11, Luke Van Berkom 10, Mason Lunzman 10, Devin Beach 8, Noah Meissner 6, Dalton Lamp 4, Payton Hochhalter 3, Preston Kroeber 3, Adam Kallenbach 2. Totals: 23 FG, 5-9 FT, 16 fouls. 3-pointers: Larson 2, Lunzman 2, Kroeber 1, Meissner 1.
VC -- Calahan Burchill 7, Arie Bratrud 7, Zachary Sukora 4, Will Eggert 4, Andrew Berntson 4, Aiden Jacobson 3, Reis Kriewald 3, Adam Bitz 2. Totals: 12 FG, 7-12 FT, 16 fouls. 3-pointers: Burchill 2, Kriewald 1.
Boys hockey showing improvement
Matt Stockert's crop of skaters dominated the ice Friday night in Bottineau. The Blue Jays defeated Bottineau 6-1, scoring three goals in the opening period.
Jamestown is 2-0 on the year and will look to make it 3-0 with a win over Hazen on Saturday. The road tilt is slated for 5 p.m. in Hazen.
While Stockert's crew got the 5-3, season-opening win over Bismarck Legacy on Nov. 30, Coach Stockert said that there was some little things he would like to see cleaned up on the ice. After two solid days of practice, the head coach was happy to report, the Blue Jays had made some strides in the right direction.
"I think in game one, our timing was off a little bit from line to line," Stockert said. "Tonight I thought we went up and down the ice a little bit better than we did against Legacy. Our powerplay looked a little more organized too. Hopefully, those things keep getting better.
"That's all on the kids for getting after it in practice the last couple of days."
Joe Cummings, Nolan Nenow and Hunter Nelson was the trio responsible for the three goals in the opening period. Nenow, a junior forward, netted another one for the Jays before Bottineau's Colton Getzlaff got Bottineau on the board in the second.
Nenow and Nelson each scored again in the third period. Nenow and Brooks Roaldson were each credited with three assists.
"It's the first week of December so while this one is good, fun and important, we have to remember that teams are going to get better," Stockert said. "Hopefully we'll get better each shift we go out there moving forward."
Jamestown 6, Bottineau 1
JHS 3 1 2 -- 6
BIS 0 1 0 -- 1
First period: 1. JHS, Joe Cummings (Conner McLachlan, Nolan Nenow), 14:31; 2. JHS, Nenow (Brooks Roaldson, McLachlan), 8:40; 3. JHS, Hunter Nelson (Nenow), 1:54.
Second period: 4. JHS, Nenow (Roaldson, Nelson), 8:55; 5. BOT, Colton Getzlaff (Ethan Siemens, Gabe Glasner), 6:24.
Third period: 6. JHS, Nenow (Roaldson), 16:20; 7. JHS, Nelson (Nenow), 9:34.
Goalie Saves: JHS, Brode Hillstrom 12-13-8--33; BOT, Easton Freeman, 11-12-18--41
Penalties: JHS 6 for 12 minutes; BOT 7 for 14 minutes.