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Jays earn all-state hockey nods

Jamestown High School will have two all-staters back on the ice in boys hockey next season. Junior defenseman Connor Fuchs and junior goalie Matthew Schneider were both recently voted all-state by the coaches. Jamestown High School's Haley Hillst...

Jamestown High School's Haley Hillstrom controls the puck this past season for the Blue Jays at John L. Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown High School's Haley Hillstrom controls the puck this past season for the Blue Jays at John L. Wilson Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown High School will have two all-staters back on the ice in boys hockey next season.

Junior defenseman Connor Fuchs and junior goalie Matthew Schneider were both recently voted all-state by the coaches. Jamestown High School's Haley Hillstrom was also an all-state selection on the girls team.

Fuchs, standing at 6-foot-5 without skates, was tied for third in scoring for the Blue Jays this winter with five goals and 13 assists. He blew past his sophomore numbers of two goals and a pair of assists, helping Jamestown to nine victories.

Fuchs was one of seven defensemen voted all-state. The scoring was an added bonus from one of the state's leading blueliners.

"He did a good job in that aspect, but in the grand scheme of things you gotta look at everyone on the ice," JHS boys hockey coach Matt Stockert said. "You've got to kind of tip your hat to everyone else for doing their jobs for the most part.

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"Connor has good tools, but he's got some work to do, no question, in order to become a real good defenseman. But he's got the makings of one, for sure."

Schneider, one of four goalies named all-state, recorded 679 saves against 760 shots faced this season. His nearly 90-percent save percentage was close to tops in the state, while facing an average of 33 shots on goal per game.

"No. 1, we've gotta quit allowing teams to shoot that many pucks on net," Stockert said. "But No. 2, you've got a kid back there that's stopping pucks for you."

Schneider made 419 saves in 14 games last season as a sophomore.

"In both scenarios, with Connor and Matt, the rest of the coaches around the state took notice of Connor being an up-and-coming good defenseman, as well as Matt being an up-and-coming good goaltender."

The Blue Jays' season ended at 9-14 earlier this month with a 3-2 loss against Williston in a loser-out game of the West Region tournament.

"Work has already started in the weight room," Stockert said. "That Friday afternoon left a pretty sour taste in our mouths."

Hillstrom, a senior defenseman for the Blue Jay girls hockey team, led Jamestown in scoring after missing her entire junior year to a knee injury.

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"She worked really hard this season and was definitely a noticeable loss for us last year," JHS girls hockey coach Shaulee Iverson said. "She didn't want to come off the ice much this year."

Hillstrom tallied a team-leading 10 goals to go with nine assists in her final go-around with the hockey team. A varsity career that dated back to the eighth-grade ended with 19 goals and 30 assists.

Hillstrom was one of just four defensemen to earn girls all-state honors. The Northern State University soccer recruit helped Jamestown finish the season at 4-18-1 overall.

"Overall she's a very athletic individual and smart-headed. She knows the game and loves the game," Iverson said. "She's very, very deserving of all-state, and is right up there with the Bismarck players and the Fargo players who are on there as well."

North Dakota High School All-State Hockey Teams

Boys

Forwards

T.J. Irey Bismarck; Eric Pladsen, Bismarck; Easton Bennett, Minot; Alex Horner, Mandan; Judd Caulfield, G.F. Central; Grant Johnson, G.F. Central; Cam Olstad, G.F. Central; Luke Sandy, Fargo South/Shanley; Braden Costello, Red River; Luke LaMoine, Red River; Mason Salquist, Red River.

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Defense

Colin Caulfield, G.F. Central; Brock Reller, G.F. Central; Mathew Boren, Devils Lake; Colby Enns, Minot; Patrick Heide, Minot; Connor Fuchs, Jamestown; Drew Lenertz, Bismarck.

Goalies

Zach Kessler, Bismarck; Matthew Schneider, Jamestown; Rylee Pladson, Fargo North; Wyatt Ness, Devils Lake.

Girls

Forwards

Courtney Walsh, West Fargo; Britta Curl, Bismarck; Kaitlyn Page, Bismarck; Calli Fosberg, Devils Lake; Graysen Myers, Fargo N/S/S; Kayle Schafer, Fargo Davies; Dessa Flom, Minot; Maiah McCowan, Mandan.

Defense

Sami Trana, Fargo N/S/S; Hannah Dorsey, Fargo N/S/S; Delaney Wolf, Bismarck; Haley Hillstrom, Jamestown.

Goalies

Quinn Kuntz, Grand Forks; Brooklyn Myrvik, West Fargo; Lucy Morgan, Mandan.

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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