Hall of famer Bryan Flam 'grateful' for time as a Blue Jay
Bryan Flam is one of three Jamestown High School Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inductees.
JAMESTOWN — Back in the 1980s, Bryan Flam was pretty much like any other kid who played sports.
"I was like most kids in Jamestown," Flam said. "Jamestown was a big sports town. All of the guys I hung out with were into basketball, baseball, football — it seemed like all year round we were practicing for something. It was a lot of fun."
Next week, Flam will no longer be "like most kids" but will be one of a select few.
Flam is one of the three Jamestown High School Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inductees. Flam, along with fellow inductees, Don Schmeichel and Morgan (Dale) Blaskowski, will formally be inducted in the JHS Hall of Fame at the Homecoming Pep Rally at Jerry Meyer Arena on Sept. 16.
The HoF Class of 2022 will be introduced to the community at halftime of the Homecoming football game. Including the Class of 2022, there are now 43 former athletes in the JHS Hall of Fame.
"It's just such a great honor," Flam said of the induction. "Some of the fondest memories of my life were living in Jamestown and coming up through the program. We just had a lot of support in that community."
Flam earned varsity letters in his three seasons spent on the JHS boys basketball team. The Jays made it to the state championship all three years Flam was on the team, falling 52-51 to Fargo North in 1985 and 55-44 to Fargo South in 1986.
"We had a really big rivalry back in the day with Fargo South in both basketball and baseball," Flam said. "It was just always really competitive."
After experiencing exciting but disappointing ends to the season his sophomore and junior years, Flam led the team to a second place finish in the EDC tournament and a state championship title in 1987. Jamestown defeated Fargo South 69-64 in the 1987 title tilt.
"When we won that there was a complete feeling of relief," Flam said. "After 35 years, some of the specifics have kind of faded, but I do remember that feeling and the joy it brought to our fans, our parents, and the community of Jamestown."
Winning the elusive Class A title also gave Flam some ammunition to use down the road.
"Turns out years later, two of my good golf buddies played on the Fargo South basketball team back in the day. There's still a lot of trash talking going on, let me tell you. If we would have lost that state championship game, I don't know if I could be their friend today they'd rub it in so bad."
Flam was named first team all-state and Mr. Basketball in his senior season. He earned all-EDC honors in 1986 and '87. He was named to the all-state tournament team twice. By his senior season he was averaging 19 points per game.
"We just clicked at the right time," Flam said. "Steve Koenig was our center and he had an unbelievable state tournament. If he didn't play the way he did, we wouldn't have won.
Koenig scored 82 points in the 1987 Class A State Tournament held at the Bismarck Events Center. Flam said the Jays' also wouldn't have managed the come from behind win over the Bruins without the Blue Jay coaching staff.
"We were probably the best prepared team going into each and every game that season," Flam said. "As players — we never questioned (coach Jerry Meyer). We trusted him. We were a little intimidated by him but I know he was the best coach in the state back in the 80s when we played.
"Without him, we wouldn't have won. He was that good of a coach. Without him, we probably didn't have the best talent and we were certainly a lot smaller than everyone else."
Flam said in an interview with the Sun back in 2019, that Meyer was insistent on sharing the basketball between players, which produced unselfish and dynamic play his three seasons spent as a varsity basketball player.
"Our coaching staff did such a great job," Flam said. "Coach Meyer ... I had the utmost respect for him and Coach (George) Helmstetler and (Dean) Kraft.
"Without those guys, we wouldn't have these stories to tell and celebrations to talk about. I am pretty grateful for that and for those three guys."
While most of his time was spent on the basketball court, Flam was also a four-year letterwinner in golf and played American Legion baseball for Jamestown.
"I remember working hard but never thinking, this is too much work," Flam said. "The people around us made sports a lot of fun. When I got the call, it brought me back and what it was like and why we were successful. We were successful because of the people around us."
After his time at JHS, Flam went on to play collegiate level basketball at Concordia where he was a three-year letter-winner.
Later, Flam was a three-year starter on a American Legion baseball team. He also coached youth baseball and basketball. Flam has two grown children, Jamie and Alex. He currently resides in West Fargo and works for WL Gore.
"Looking back this many years, I would tell (current Blue Jays) to not take anything for granted," Flam said. "Sports should be fun. It's not that serious, work hard but then enjoy the ride.
"When its over, you'll look back like I do and they are great stories we can tell — but that's because it was fun."
Flam has not been back in Jamestown for almost a decade, so come next weekend, he said he is excited to connect with old friends, coaches, teammates and mentors before hanging up his hat as one of the best in Jamestown High School athletics.
"I am excited about just getting back to Jamestown," Flam said. "I am looking forward to hopefully seeing some people who I haven't seen in a long time — the new football stadium — and see how the town has changed. I am really looking forward to it."