Blue Jays Roundup: Gymnastics places well in Mandan

The Jamestown High School gymnastics team competed at the Mandan Invite on Jan. 19.

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MANDAN — When competing the Jamestown High School gymnastics team has always had an affinity for floor exercise.

Thursday was no exception.

Five members of the Blue Jay team placed in the top 14 on floor at the Mandan Invite. Julia Skari placed second with a monstrous 9.500 on floor. The Blue Jay sophomore was just 0.050 points back of Dickinson's Rylee Olson who wound up winning the event.

Senior Emma Hillerud wound up placing seventh on floor with a score of 9.300. Allysah Larson and Syndey Fisher tied for 11th with an 8.800 while Jasmine Houmann rounded out the team's scoring with an 8.750.

"We had a good meet," JHS head coach Bre Carlson said. "Vault and floor went better than they did at our last meet. Allysah and Jasmine have been working hard to increase their difficulty on floor and it showed."


Due to inclement weather, Jamestown High School basketball and hockey games scheduled for Jan. 26 have been postponed.

As a team, the Jays placed third out of the six teams competing. The Jays tallied a total team score of 137.6. Dickinson took the team title with a huge score of 147.7.

Skari's 9.1 on vault placed her sixth while Larson, Hillerud and Fisher's scores in the high and mid-8s placed them 11th, 15th and 17th. Over on the uneven bars, Skari's 8.1 was the Jays' best score. Sutton Van Gilder was the Jays' second-best performer on bars with a 7.650 — a score that placed her 16th.

"Emma and Julia added tough new skills on bars for this meet and it just didn’t quite work out for them (but) Emma was super solid on beam and scored her highest score of the season," Carlson said.

Hillerud finished sixth on beam with a score of 9.050 and placed 11th in the all-around. In the all-around, it was Skari who ended up as the Jays' top-scorer with a 35.400 while Houmann's score of 33.550 and Van Gilder's 32.450 posed new personal bests.

"Our underclassmen are really stepping up and putting in a lot of work this season," Carlson said. "Jasmine and Sutton both scored for the team and had their highest all-around scores of the season. There is still time left for some cleaning and tweaking before State and I’m excited to see what this team can do in the next few weeks."

Mandan Invite

Team scores

1. Dickinson 147.7; 2. Century 139.225; 3. Jamestown 137.6; 4. Legacy 134.2; 5. Mandan 130.1; 6. Bismarck High 22.425


Top finishers / Blue Jay results

Vault: 1. Reygan Strommen, DHS, 9.450; 6. Julia Skari 9.1; T11. Allysah Larson 8.900; T15. Emma Hillerud 8.750; T17. Sydney Fisher 8.700.

Bars: 1. Aspen Roadarmel, DHS, 9.125; 12. Skari 8.100; 16. Sutton Van Gilder 7.650; 17. Jasmine Houmann 7.625.

Beam: 1. Teah Schulte, CEN, 9.375; 6. Hillerud 9.050; 8. Houmann 8.925; 13. Skari 8.700.

Floor: 1. Rylee Olson, DHS, 9.550; 2. Skari 9.500; 7. Hillerud 9.300; T11. Larson 8.800; T11. Fisher 8.800; T14. Houmann 8.750.

All-Around: 1. Aspen Roadarmel, DHS, 36.875; 7. Skari 35.400; 11. Hillerud 34.625; 15. Houmann 33.550; 20. Van Gilder 32.450; 21. Fisher 32.200.

Girls hockey snaps losing streak against Dickinson

The Jamestown High School girls hockey team snapped its six-game losing streak Thursday evening with a 3-0 win over Dickinson.

Final stats were not provided.


The Jays now hold a 3-9 regular season record and are 4-9 overall.

Jamestown's next test is slated for Tuesday versus Bismarck High/Legacy. The puck is slated to drop at 7 p.m. at Wilson Arena.

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 or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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