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Dakota Prairie's Tyler Loe has spent hours and hours shooting the basketball. So when he sends a shot off the iron, clangs it back off the top of the backboard and down into the hoop for 3 points, it's something the 5-foot-11 junior has earned. "I didn't get the shooting going right away, but after awhile I figured it out a little bit," smiled Loe, describing his second-half shot from the left wing Friday, Dec. 28, at Harold Newman Arena. "I've practiced a lot, so that's what happens."
Kevin Oberweiser was destined to become a leader on the college basketball court. The 6-foot-2 guard just needed to find the right family. A coach's kid from small-town Montana, the prolific 3-point shooter sought out University of Jamestown men's basketball and head coach Danny Neville in 2017 after being largely underutilized at NAIA Division I Montana State University-Northern.
Jamestown High School's girls and boys basketball games scheduled for Friday, Dec. 28, against Minot have been postponed. Makeup dates have yet to be announced. Jamestown is at Valley City on Saturday, Dec. 29. The boys varsity game begins at 5:30 p.m. from Valley City High School with the girls varsity game to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Jamestown High School boys basketball trails top-ranked Fargo Davies by eight points in the latest Class A media poll released Dec. 26. The Blue Jays (5-0) notched 2 of 12 first-place votes and tallied 50 points in the voting following a decisive 84-71 victory over Bismarck Century in Bismarck on Dec. 21. The Blue Jays travel to play fifth-ranked Minot (4-1) on Friday, Dec. 28. Fargo Davies (7-0) received the other 10 first-place votes in the poll and garnered 58 total points. The Eagles host Valley City (1-5) on Friday.
Jamestown High School's annual girls hockey trip to the Crookston Holiday Tournament this week in Minnesota has been shortened due to the weather. The Blue Jays' contest vs. Crookston, originally scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 27, has been moved to Friday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crookston Sports Center. Jamestown's game scheduled against Park Rapids (Minn.) on Dec. 28 has been cancelled. The busy weekend of hockey continues on Saturday, Dec. 29, for the Blue Jays (1-5-1), as they plan to host Fargo Davies (8-1-1) at 1 p.m. at John L. Wilson Arena.
Jamestown High School gymnastics has flashed plenty of potential heading into Christmas break, which has veteran coach Dave Tews looking forward to the new year. The Blue Jays scored a 136.70 on Friday, Dec. 21, in a dual with Grand Forks at Jamestown Gymnastics Club. The team tally was a tick under the Jays' season-best 138.0 put up Dec. 7 at the Dickinson Invite, but a shaky evening on beam against the visiting Knight Riders dampered what was arguably Jamestown's best overall performance through four competitions.
University of Jamestown men's basketball put a bow on a fantastic first half of the season Thursday, Dec. 20, in Madison, S.D. The Jimmies erupted in the second half offensively in a convincing 99-78 victory over Dakota State University. Jamestown, now at 15-3 overall, returns from Christmas break on Jan. 2 at Hastings College (Neb.).
There was no need for University of Jamestown's Jenna Doyle to push things Monday, Dec. 17, at Harold Newman Arena. Leading Dakota State University (S.D.) 47-22 at the half, the Jimmies' all-time leader in blocks opted to wrap her right ankle in ice and watch UJ women's basketball topple the Trojans 100-41 over the final 20 minutes. Doyle rolled said ankle in action on Dec. 5, and, in a season where injuries and the Jimmies have been talked a lot about, Jamestown (9-7) is looking forward to Christmas and having the next 11 days to prepare for Mayville State University (4-5).
Carrington boys basketball fell out of the Class B's top 10 media rankings on Monday, Dec. 17. The Cardinals (1-1) appeared at No. 6 in last week's initial poll, but a loss to New Rockford-Sheyenne (3-1) hurt the Cards with voters. Both Carrington and the Rockets are receiving votes, as is Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier (2-0). Former top-ranked Bishop Ryan's loss to current fifth-ranked Shiloh Christian sent the Lions to seventh this week.
University of Jamestown women's basketball needed the post play it received Saturday, Dec. 15, at Harold Newman Arena. Courtney Mosloski scored 6 of a career-high 12 points during an 18-4 run by the Jimmies to end the first half against visiting College of Saint Mary (Neb.). Jamestown cruised to its first Great Plains Athletic Conference win since Nov. 10 with a convincing 80-62 victory over the Flames from Omaha. The win was also the Jimmies' third in a row. They'll host Dakota State (1-9) in non-conference play Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.