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Jamestown High School's seniors slowly made their way out of the game Tuesday night at Jerry Meyer Arena after another boys basketball game was getting out of hand for the visitors. First it was Blue Jay leader Jared Kallenbach checking out of the game, followed by Mason Walters and Dawson Douty. The domino effect kept happening until Ryder Lunzman and Carter Moser finished out the contest against Mandan.
A West Region girls basketball playoff game is in Jamestown High School's future. Mandan handed Jamestown its fourth straight loss—74-53—Tuesday night at Jerry Meyer Arena, giving the Blue Jays the sixth seed in the conference. Jamestown (11-10) will play No. 11 Turtle Mountain (1-21) Friday at Harold Newman Arena in a play-in game at 7 p.m. "It has its advantages and disadvantages," said Blue Jay coach Andy Skunberg. "Obviously if you lose, you're done. But it gives us a chance to work on other things, instead of just practicing for a week and a half.
The first time Oakes and 10th-ranked Linton-HMB played on Dec. 11, the game went to overtime. Monday night at the Jamestown Civic Center was more of the same. The Tornadoes' Sadie Hansen and Jaida Seyer broke a 63-all tie in OT with a bucket each as Oakes defeated Linton-HMB 74-69 in the Region 3 tournament quarterfinals. The Tornadoes will meet up with District 5 champion LaMoure-Litchville-Marion on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Linton-HMB won the last overtime contest between the Loboes and the Lions, 55-51.
Ellie Holen started the second quarter off with a bang for LaMoure-Litchville-Marion on Monday at the Jamestown Civic Center. The junior guard sank a rare 4-point play against South Border, giving L-L-M an early 14-6 advantage. The Loboes went on to win 44-25 in a Region 3 tournament quarterfinal in which they'd never trail. L-L-M (18-5), the District 5 champions, will play Oakes in the quarterfinals Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
FARGO—Jamestown High wrestling coach Larry Eslick found a diamond in the rough four years ago during Blue Jay freshman football. His name is Paul Vandal. The senior ended his high school career as a 220-pound Class A state champion Friday at the Fargodome, pinning Fargo South's Isaiah Gates with one second left in the second period. Vandal is the 25th state champion in Jamestown history. Jamestown's Aden Braun fell in his 106-pound championship match by a 5-3 sudden victory to Bismarck High's Christian Tanefeu.
University of Jamestown's Jesse Murillo finished third in the 141-pound division at the GPAC tournament/NAIA Great Plains Qualifier to punch the freshman's ticket to the NAIA national championship March 1-2 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Jimmies finished 6th out of nine teams. Senior Matt Hernandez (184 pounds) also placed third after winning three of four matches on the day. UJ's Chumkar Dwaliwal (285) placed fourth, Devon Lyle (141) placed fifth and Josh Goeden (197) placed sixth.
Jamestown High School's Aden Braun and Paul Vandal are into the finals at the Class A individual state wrestling tournament at the Fargodome. The Jamestown pair got past their semifinal opponents on Friday, as the the Blue Jays sit fourth in the individual team standings with 87.5 points. Bismarck High (164.5 points), Dickinson (114) and Mandan (105) sit just ahead of Jamestown. Consolation matches begin tomorrow at 10 a.m., while the finals get underway at 3 p.m.
Sophomore Noah Haglund won the 100-yard breaststroke Thursday for Jamestown High School with a time of 1 minute, 0.02 seconds as the Blue Jays placed second in the Jamestown Quadrangular Meet at the JHS pool. Fargo South placed first with 789 points, followed by Jamestown (641), Moorhead, Minn., (592) and Wahpeton (40). "It was a good last home meet," said Blue Jay coach Ben Smith. "This was our last regular-season competition and we're trying to finalize things for the West Region meet. Some guys tried some new things today and others did what they're confident in."
Jamestown High School has five of 10 wrestlers still in the running for a Class A state wrestling title at the Fargodome. The Blue Jays' Aden Braun (106 pounds), Joel Bowman (113), Ethan Bowman (126), Noah Braun (145) and Paul Vandal (220) all won their first two opening matches Thursday. Colton Mewes (138), Johnny Browning (160), Coty Huebner (170), Aaron Mack (182) and Samuel Krebs (195) will compete in today's consolation play.
The Braun family takes their wrestling seriously. So much, that they have their own room in the house dedicated to the sport. Inside the Braun's house is a wrestling mat and weight room that 2013 Jamestown High School graduate Zane Braun formerly used, and now junior Noah and eighth-grader Aden Braun currently take advantage of. "It's fun for sure," Aden said. "Sometimes you get into some scraps though."