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JayCee Richter, Teegan Scherr bonded through Linton/HMB sports

JayCee Richer and Teegan Scherr, both seniors for Linton/HMB, have been playing sports together since their preschool days.

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Carrington's Kenzie Edland drives into the defensive zone of Lady Lions' JayCee Richter (15) and Teegan Scherr (5) during last year's Region 3 tournament. Richter and Scherr have been key players for Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock in multiple sports.
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JayCee Richter and Teegan Scherr are best friends who turned into two of the best athletes in Region 3.

"We have been best friends since preschool and have been playing sports together since third grade when we started traveling basketball," Richter said. "I know that she will always be there for me and I will always be there for her. In practice, we are always encouraging each other."

Richter and Scherr, seniors for the Linton/HMB volleyball and basketball teams, have steadily been notching honors for the Linton/HMB programs the last four years. The duo led the Lions to the program's first-ever state volleyball championship in 2020. The Lions repeated the feat in 2021, defeating Northern Cass 25-11, 25-22, 25-22 in the Class B state championship match at the Bismarck Events Center on Nov. 20.

In two full volleyball seasons, Linton/HMB went 53-2.

Last spring, the Lions dropped to Carrington in double overtime in the Region 3 basketball championship game.

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"Teegan is an awesome athlete," Richter said. "In volleyball, she has very quick reactions, and she reads the ball really well on defense. She is an awesome hitter. As an outside hitter, she hits shots better than anyone I’ve ever played defense against.

"We also help each other out on the volleyball court. She’s always telling me what’s open, and I know that she is covering me on defense if I’m not there to get the ball."

Scherr said that she and Richter along with the rest of the Lions had to work hard all year and stay positive in order to make it to the volleyball team's second-ever state title. Scherr said the Lions did team bonding to make the team all close which ended up helping the team win, as the whole team wound up having great chemistry and no drama.

The chemistry just reached a deeper level for Scherr and Richter.

"Playing sports without each other would be hard because we rely on each other a lot and we are very close so I don’t know what I would do without her," Scherr said. "We have great chemistry. We always know what we’re going to do and we play against each other and help each other out.

"She’s great competition in practice and makes me better every day. She’s a great leader and works hard and is very competitive. We work well together because we’ve been playing together for a long time and we can read each other so well."

Scherr and Richter were named to the 2020 and 2021 Class B all-state volleyball team, ending their past two seasons. The duo was all-conference and all-district all four years of their high school careers. Scherr ended her career with 1,117 kills and 1,568 digs on the defensive side of the ball.

Richter sent 401 aces across the net in her four years with the Lions. She sent 597 kills to the floor and popped up almost 2,300 digs. At the end of the Class B state tournament, Richter was named the 2021 Class B Senior Volleyball Athlete of the Year.

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After the volleyball season wrapped up, Scherr and Richter transitioned back to the basketball court where they have helped the team to a 9-1 record, currently the best in the Region 3, District 6 standings. The Lions are 2-0 in District 6 and 1-0 in the region.

Results from the Lions' District 6 test against South Border on Jan. 11 were not available when The Jamestown Sun went to press.

The team's one loss came against Region 1's Kindred on Dec. 30. Linton has had an average margin of victory of 24.1 points.

Scherr's total 38.2 shooting percentage has notched 105 total points for the Lions. From beyond the arc, Scherr has hit 23 shots for a team-leading 39.7 shooting percentage. She is 14-for-22 at the charity stripe.

Richter, the Lions' lead scorer from last year, has buried 53 field goals and 13 free throws for 128 total points. Richter has gone 76.5% at the line and is shooting 58.7 percent from the two-point range.

The next highest scorer behind Richter and Scherr is Erin Kelsch, who has recorded 46 points for the books.

On defense, the duo has combined for 54 total rebounds, 49 assists and 35 steals and forced 20 turnovers.

"It has been going good," Scherr said of the basketball season. "We have been learning a lot and getting better. The most fun part is playing with my team. I love them all and we get to enjoy it together."

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The duo is hoping to end their prep careers at the Class B state basketball tournament in March. An appearance at the state tourney would be Linton's first since 2012.

"Teegan is a great basketball player," Richter said. "She plays amazing defense, especially on really good players. She’s also a great shooter. Whenever I pass it out to her, I have complete trust that she will make it. She’s always there for me when I’m down on myself and makes me feel good in practice and in games. I know that she’s always gonna be there to help me out."

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