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Adam Kallenbach among the 2022 group of basketball All-Stars

Adam Kallenbach was the lone Jamestown High School boys basketball representative to be named to the 2022 Lions All-Star Basketball Series roster.

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Jamestown's Adam Kallenbach (1) makes his way to the inside around Grayson Schaeffer (34) of Minot during play at Jerry Meyer Arena.
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For some North Dakota prep athletes, choosing to compete in one All-Star series or another might be a difficult choice.

Not so the case for Jamestown High School senior, Adam Kallenbach.

A few weeks ago, Jamestown High School head boys basketball coach, Jacoby Lloyd, texted Kallenbach to tell him he had made the 2022 Lion's All-Star Basketball Series roster.

"It was an honor to know that my hard work was paying off," Kallenbach said. "Basketball is a game I love and I am just glad I get to represent Jamestown one last time."

Kallenbach was also named to the 2022 Shrine Bowl roster but due to the association rules athletes cannot compete in more than one all-star game. Kallenbach said he chose the Lions game over the Shrine Bowl because the Minnesota State University-Moorhead (MSUM) football commit will have many more opportunities to play football but just couldn’t pass up one last chance to play basketball.

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"It is for sure an honor, but there’s no pressure," Kallenbach said. "It is probably going to be my last competitive basketball game so I’m just gonna enjoy it."

Kallenbach was the only representative off the Jays' 2021-22 roster to be named to the Class A All-Star squad. The senior will be joined by five other WDA and six EDC Class A grads. Dean Winczewski of Minot and West Fargo's Adam Palczewski will be heading up the Class A squad.

The All-Star games are scheduled for July 11 and July 12 at 8 p.m. The Monday game is slated to be held at Bismarck High while on Tuesday the crews will head to Fargo Davies High School.

The boys' team members will report to Fargo on July 8 and the girls' team members will report to Bismarck that same day.

The series pit Class A boys and girls team against their Class B counterparts. The girls All-Stars play at 6 p.m. both nights and the boys games follow at approximately 8 p.m.

Starting in 1977, the Lions All-Star Games were a boys-only series until girls started playing games in 1981. In the 78 games played, Class A leads the series 52-26.

In the last two series, 2019 and 2021, Class A has gone 3-1 against the Class B list of All-Stars. No games were held during the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last July, on the boys' side, Class A jumped out to a 26-6 run to start the first half of the game and finished with an 81-68 win. The next day, the Class A squad put together a 98-89 defeat of its opponents.

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Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier's Alex Huber led all scorers with 27 points. Class A’s leading scorer was Jacksen Moni of West Fargo Sheyenne. Moni dropped 20 points and eight rebounds.

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Jamestown's Adam Kallenbach (1) makes his way to the inside around Grayson Schaeffer (34) of Minot during play at Jerry Meyer Arena.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

Two years before, in 2019, Kallenbach was fresh off his freshman year, and he went to go watch his older brother, Jared, play in his Lion's All-Star game.

Jared and Mason Walters were the two Blue Jay reps who helped lead the Class A squad to a 1-2 record in the summer of 2019. Jared managed six points in his All-Star performance.

While Kallenbach usually would like to beat his older brother's stats — he said this particular game is not about the numbers.

"I don’t really care about putting up big numbers or anything I’m just gonna enjoy it," Kallenbach said. "It's just another opportunity to play basketball. The more the days go by the more I miss it and wish I could keep playing."

While Kallenbach won't get much more time out on a court, he put up a senior season for the Jays he will likely remember the rest of his life.

Aside from being the season leader in total points scored with 394, Kallenbach was the season leader in points, with 394, the senior broke the school record for the most points scored in a single game (51) in the Blue Jays' final conference game against Mandan on Feb. 22.

The previous school record for most points scored in a single game was held by Boden Skunberg who recorded 49 points during the 2019-20 season.

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Kallenbach contributed an average of 17.6 points per game to help the Blue Jays' scoring average to 68.1 points per game. On average, Jamestown outscored its opponents 68.1 to 63.7.

In the senior's final game of the season, a state qualifier against Dickinson, he calculated three assists, six rebounds and three steals. He knocked down 24 points against the Midgets. Following the conclusion of the WDA tournament, Kallenbach was named to the 2022 All-WDA conference team.

Needless to say, he was a pretty good add to the Class A Lion's roster.

Still, you never know how the group of Class A athletes will wind up faring against the hungry and talented Class B team.

"What makes these games fun is playing against kids you never play against and playing with kids you spend your time playing against," Kallenbach said. "It will definitely be cool because we have played against each other enough to know what each one of us is good at so we should be able to play well with one another."

Kallenbach said he has watched a few class B games and played against and with some of the kids during the summers and added that every athlete he has competed against has been skilled in certain areas. While the pace of play might be a little slower in the Class B scene Kallenbach said the outcome of the games likely won't come down to speed.

"I think it’s a toss-up," Kallenbach said of who will win this summer's series. "Both teams have a lot of talent. I think it comes down to who plays better together."

Related Topics: JAMESTOWN HIGH SCHOOLBLUE JAYS BASKETBALLPREP SPORTS
Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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