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The defending Region 3 girls basketball tournament champions will have room to spare this winter on the bench. Medina-Pingree-Buchanan coach Brett Thielges had nine girls on the varsity roster as of Nov. 19, one week into practices for the upcoming season. The Thunder placed third at the Class B girls state tournament last March in Minot, finishing with 24 wins to just 3 losses.
(Editor's note: University of Jamestown's Marina Nowak has been sidelined with a knee injury sustained during an exhibition game against Northern Michigan on Nov. 24.) On the team bus and somewhere between Jamestown and Seward, Neb., on Nov. 16, University of Jamestown's Marina Nowak had time to reflect on her hot start to the 2018-19 NAIA Division II women's basketball season. Through six games, the Jimmies' sixth man was leading the team in a host of statistical categories, including scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg). Her 18 steals ranked 13th in the nation.
Thompson received 13 of 17 first-place votes and is ranked No. 1 in the first Class B girls basketball media poll of the 2018-19 season. The Tommies, the defending Region 2 champions and fourth-place state tournament finishers from a year ago, are off to a 2-0 start. Region 3's Kidder County (3-0) and Linton-HMB (3-0) are ranked ninth and 10th, respectively, after each team has rifled off three wins to start the season. Oakes (2-0), a third Region 3 team, is ranked eighth.
Carrington will open the annual Stutsman County girls basketball invitational tournament facing Warwick on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. at the Jamestown Civic Center. Carrington (0-1) was awarded the top seed out of District 5 for the tournament. The Cardinals opened the season with a 78-64 loss to a tough Velva squad (3-0).
University of Jamestown men's basketball made a statement Saturday, Dec. 1, in Sioux Center, Iowa. Not only can the Jimmies beat opponents from the perimeter with the likes of senior guards Jon Purintun and Kevin Oberweiser. They can also go on the road and take down ranked opponents relying on their men in the middle.
Thursday's rollercoaster of emotions ended in heartbreak for 24th-ranked University of Jamestown women's volleyball at Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. On the morning after, approximately 12 hours since the Jimmies' season ended 25-21 to Viterbo University (Wisc.) in a win-or-go-home, single-set tiebreaker that concluded NAIA national championship pool play for Jamestown, the pain could still be felt in the voice of UJ head coach Jon Hegerle.
The residual effect of defeating Viterbo University continued to carry the University of Jamestown women's volleyball team on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Sioux City, Iowa. Up 1-0 in the match and trailing Saint Xavier (Ill.) 21-14 in the second frame on the final day of NAIA national championship pool play at Tyson Events Center, Jamestown junior outside hitter Jordan Thomas said nary a single moment of panic was felt by the Jimmies.
Jamestown High School's Haley Nelson picked up victories on vault, bars and in the all-around Thursday, Nov. 29, in Aberdeen, S.D., and Blue Jay gymnastics coach Dave Tews nailed his preseason prognostication. Tews previously explained the Jays were probably shooting for a team score of 130 to open high school competition south of the border against Aberdeen Central. Jamestown turned in a 130.50 to Aberdeen's 130.75.
Brock Schrom said it never gets old watching his talented Jimmie teammates operate in the backcourt. University of Jamestown men's basketball guards Jon Purintun, Kevin Oberweiser and Terrell Alfred once again did most of the heavy lifting offensively Wednesday night against visiting Mount Marty College. The trio combined for 10 3-pointers and 54 points in a convincing 84-65 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory over the Lancers.
Isabel Wedell and University of Jamestown women's volleyball weren't out making friends Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Sioux City, Iowa. After being swept by 10th-ranked Southern Oregon to open NAIA national championship pool play 24 hours prior at Tyson Events Center, the Jimmies meant business against seventh-ranked Viterbo (Wisc.). Wedell slammed 11 kills to the court in a three-set stunner over the V-Hawks: 25-18, 25-12, 25-13.