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Madelyn Schmidt and Kidder County proved why the Wolves are the state's top-ranked team Monday, Feb. 18, at the Jamestown Civic Center. Schmidt buried 4 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first quarter against Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier in the quarterfinals of the Region 3 girls basketball tournament. The Wolves went on to convert 11 of 17 from downtown in a whirlwind first half, with Schmidt nailing two more, as Kidder County soared to a 68-40 victory.
Carrington's Bella Hone was suffering two types of pain last week at the Jamestown Civic Center. The type that involved the injured patellar tendon in her left knee, and the type that came with watching LaMoure-Litchville-Marion defeat Carrington in the championship game of the District 5 girls basketball tournament. Hone was back in action for the Cardinals and head coach Andy Braaten on Monday, Feb. 18, facing Medina-Pingree-Buchanan in the opening round of the Region 3 tournament back at the civic center. The 5-foot-9 junior forward's presence off the bench was immense.
Kidder County—by a single point—beat Langdon-Edmore-Munich for the top spot in the final Class B girls basketball media poll released Monday, Feb. 18. The Wolves (21-0) received 10 of 15 first-place votes to edge the Cardinals (18-2), who received three first-place tallies, 134-133 in the poll. Grafton (18-2) received the other two first-place votes and remains third. Linton-HMB (18-3) enters the final poll at No. 10, while Carrington (17-3) and LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (18-4) received votes. Region tournaments began around the state Monday afternoon.
The road came to end for Jamestown High School boys hockey on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Minot, one game shy of a state-tournament berth. Minot (12-11-0) scored six unanswered goals against the Blue Jays in a state-qualifying game of the West Region tournament at Maysa Arena. The Magicians eventually won by the final of 7-1 and will play Fargo Davies (16-8-0) in the state tournament quarterfinals next Thursday at Scheel's Arena in Fargo.
Lissy McCulloch's first start for University of Jamestown women's basketball on Saturday, Feb. 16, was also her last. The senior from Mountain Iron, Minn., heard her name called during pregame festivities along with fellow seniors Jenna Doyle, Jory Mullen and Marina Nowak. Jamestown's four seniors all got the start in the team's final game of the season facing No. 14 Morningside. McCulloch buried a 3-pointer just over 3 minutes in, Doyle increased her UJ school record in career blocked shots to 192, and the Jimmies upset the Mustangs 70-69.
Many probably doubted the University of Jamestown men's basketball team this winter, but at no time were the 16 men wearing Jimmie uniforms on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Harold Newman Arena on that list.
Veteran high school gymnastics coach Dave Tews said Jamestown was a tad less than inspiring while warming up for Friday's West Region meet in Minot. But that's also when the judges are busy sharpening their pencils. The Blue Jays pulled it all together when it mattered, capturing second place behind three-time defending state champion Dickinson. The Jays vaulted and tumbled their way to a team score of 139.925, while Dickinson won its 20th WDA meet with a top mark of 147.300.
Jamestown High School boys hockey coach Matt Stockert came close to having to empty out his wallet on Friday, Feb. 15, in Minot. Early in an energized loser-out contest of the West Region tournament, the veteran coach committed to a rather risky wager involving senior Brady Sortland, sophomore Braden Gahner and freshman Michael Mahoney. The Blue Jays were already staked to a 2-0 lead after 3 minutes against Bottineau-Rugby at Maysa Arena, having watched freshman defenseman Braxton Jorissen bang home the first varsity goal of his career.
University of Jamestown head men's basketball coach Danny Neville never lost faith on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Orange City, Iowa. Northwestern College whittled a 26-point, first-half deficit down to just 87-83 with less than 3 minutes to play in the Jimmies' final road game of the 2018-19 season. But five straight points from senior Jon Purintun and a 3-pointer knocked home by junior Isaiah Dobson followed, putting the kibosh to any threat of an upset.
University of Jamestown's streak of seven consecutive appearances at the NAIA Division II women's basketball national tournament formally came to an end Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Orange City Iowa. Second-ranked Northwestern defeated Jamestown 88-58, eliminating the Jimmies from Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament contention. In its first season in the GPAC, Jamestown will finish outside the top eight teams advancing to the conference tournament with one game to play.