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Pure Hockey Skills President Jeff Romsdal isn't worried about the impending cold weather at Hockey Day North Dakota. "My kids will go out on our pond hockey rink and skate for an hour when it's 30 below and the winds blowing," Romsdal said. "I would have to tell them to come in to warm up, so their feet aren't frozen." The three-day Hockey Day North Dakota events begins today at University of Jamestown's Allen Field, UJ's central quadrangle, featuring 13 games today through Sunday. The contests range from youth to college hockey, 12 of which feature a Jamestown team.
Freshman Haley Nelson won three events for Jamestown High School gymnastics during the Starstruck Dual Thursday night at Mandan, and sophomore Rachel Schiele won the floor, as the Blue Jays defeated the Braves 133.875-120.925 at Starion Sports Complex. "The scoring was a little on the low side and we had some junior varsity kids in," said Jamestown coach Dave Tews. "We would've been closer to 136 if we had some kids in the right spots. Overall, it went well and a lot of good things happened."
Jamestown High School is on top of the Class A boys basketball poll for the first time in nearly 25 years. The Blue Jays (12-0) received all 19 first-place votes in the seventh Class A statewide media rankings released on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The polls are voted on by members of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Jamestown High School boys hockey has lately taken advantage of plenty of free hockey. The Blue Jays played their fourth straight overtime game Tuesday evening at John L. Wilson Arena, receiving a game-winning tally by sophomore forward Jace Thompson with 16 seconds remaining in the 8-minute extra frame against visiting Dickinson. Jamestown won 4-3, notching a fourth victory in its last five contests, including a 4-3 overtime win against Dickinson on Jan. 5. "It was fun," Thompson said. "It's always awesome, especially an OT goal. (It) means so much."
Jamestown High School girls basketball coach Andy Skunberg liked the effort his team gave in the first half against top-ranked Bismarck Century. But eventually the Patriots became too much for the Blue Jays. Bismarck Century used a 14-3 run early in the second half to pull away from Jamestown Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena with a 71-55 victory. The Patriots extended their undefeated streak to 11-0, while the Blue Jays dropped to 7-4. "The effort level tonight was really high," Skunberg said. "That's something we need to keep doing all year round."
The second game of a tournament-like situation went according to plan on Saturday for second-ranked Jamestown boys basketball and head coach Jacoby Lloyd. Bismarck Century and the Blue Jays traded blows early in the first half at Jerry Meyer Arena, but the home team pulled away in a 79-57 West Region victory for the Jays. Jamestown upended Watford City just 24 hours earlier. "We talked yesterday how this is like a WDA tournament," Lloyd said. "The second night is going to be a grind and we have to be solid. There's no days rest and you have to turn around and execute."
Jamestown High School gymnastics took third place Friday night at the Julie Ziegler Meet at Bismarck Gymnastics Academy with a score of 136.6. "Third place was probably where we should've placed," said Blue Jay coach Dave Tews. "I think we did well. Could we have done better? Of course we could've." Dickinson took the top spot with a team score of 143.2, followed by Bismarck Legacy with a 139.450. Haley Nelson tied for second on floor with a score of 9.350, tied for fourth in all-around (35.625) and tied for fifth on vault (9.075).
The West Region Tournament isn't until the end of February at the Bismarck Event Center, but Jamestown High School boys basketball coach Jacoby Lloyd is already getting his team ready. The Blue Jays defeated the struggling Watford City Wolves 81-39 Friday night at Jerry Meyer Arena, which would be a typical Game 1 of a three-day tournament at this point. Jamestown will have a much stiffer test against Bismarck Century (6-4) back at home today.
Jamestown High School girls basketball player Kameron Selvig has upped her offensive contributions this winter. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 10.3 points off the bench during the 2017-18 season and has raised that total to 16.1 this year, prior to Friday night's contest against Watford City. The junior scored a game-high 24 points at Jerry Meyer Arena, along with 4 of 5 from 3-point land, as the Blue Jays defeated the Wolves 74-53 during West Region action. Jamestown is now 7-3 on the year, while Watford City—a team moving up from Class B—is 2-8.
Just before the University of Jamestown men's wrestling team was set to take on Northwestern (Iowa) Thursday evening, coach Dan Lovell and the Jimmies got some bad news. Chumkaur Dhaliwal, a 285-pound junior, wasn't going to be able to compete because of an illness. Jamestown's lineup changes would quickly ensue. The Jimmies moved five grapplers around, but it wouldn't make a difference as Jamestown fell 36-12 to the Red Raiders at Harold Newman Arena.