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Region 3 boys basketball earned three Class B all-state second team selections in 2018-19, as chosen by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's Jamison Kramer, Ellendale's Austin Molan and Carrington's Seth Nelson made the list of athletes announced Thursday, March 21. Kramer, a 6-foot-3 senior guard/forward, averaged 21.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per night for the 19-4 Loboes. He finished his prep career north of 1,200 points and earned Region 3 player of the year honors.
JAMESTOWN (AP)—It's not every season the North Dakota Mr. Basketball award winner isn't the verbally committed NCAA Division I athlete on his team. But that was the reality this winter for Jamestown High School boys basketball coach Jacoby Lloyd and the 27-0 Blue Jays.
A single out produced Kat Miska's eighth pitching victory of the season for the 25th-ranked University of Jamestown softball team Tuesday, March 19. The honorable mention All-American struck out Mount Marty College freshman Abigail Thomas to end the top of the eighth inning, stranding a runner at second base in a 5-5 game. Sophomore second baseman Morgan Geiszler walked off the Jimmies in the bottom half with an RBI single, and the Jimmies opened Great Plains Athletic Conference play with a sweep of the Lancers at the Presentation College winter dome in Aberdeen, S.D.
Splitting a four-game weekend series with 16 games already in the book didn't sit incredibly well with University of Jamestown baseball coach Tom Hager on Sunday, March 17. UJ began its first season of Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Saturday and Sunday in Topeka, Kan., dividing a pair of seven-inning doubleheaders with Iowa's Northwestern College and Briar Cliff University. The Jimmies played to a 2-3, 8-3 split of Northwestern on day 1, before equaling Briar Cliff 1-10, 2-1.
MINOT (AP)—In the spring of 2017, a 15-year-old Mason Walters sat with a busted kneecap near the high jump uprights at University of Jamestown's Taylor Stadium. Walters would use the freak track and field injury as motivation to help fuel a prolific basketball career at Jamestown High School. Walters was voted the 2019 Mr. Basketball award winner Saturday, March 16, becoming Jamestown's second recipient of the award and first since Bryan Flam in 1987.
University of Jamestown women's wrestling coach Shauna Kemp said all 22 teams electing to flock to Jamestown from across the nation this weekend had safely arrived Friday, March 15. The first NAIA women's wrestling invitational tournament unfolds today (Saturday) at Harold Newman Arena, bringing eight months of local planning to a crescendo. Competition begins this morning at approximately 8:10 a.m. following the conclusion of the NAIA Parade of Champions scheduled for 8.
Jacoby Lloyd didn't look like the same man he was a little more than a year ago Sunday, March 10. He looked older—wiser. Two seasons removed from accepting his first head coaching position with Jamestown High School boys basketball at the age of 28, Lloyd was standing inside Jerry Meyer Arena with his players and the Class A state championship trophy. The stands filled with cheering parents and fans, welcoming home the fourth team to ever knowingly win an undefeated state title in the history of North Dakota Class A boys hoops.
Jamestown's 1987 Mr. Basketball Award winner Bryan Flam was certain coach Jerry Meyer was smiling Saturday, March 9. The legendary Blue Jay boys basketball coach stressed team play over individuals, which is what Flam saw while watching Jamestown High School storm to its seventh state championship in Class A boys hoops. Jamestown cruised past Fargo Davies 66-49 at the Bismarck Event Center, snapping a 26-year title drought in 27-0 fashion.
Jamestown's seventh Class A boys basketball state championship was streamed live over Forum Communication Company's internet platforms this past weekend, courtesy of FCC and WDAY television.
State gymnastics champions Haley Nelson and Rachel Schiele have already turned their focus to next season. The pair of Jamestown High School athletes were two of 16 gymnasts voted all state by the state's coaches Friday, March 8. Nelson, a freshman, was selected first-team all state, while Schiele, a sophomore, was selected to the second team.