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A whirlwind week ended with positive results for Jamestown High School boys swimming and diving. The Blue Jays won nine of 12 events Friday against Williston at the JHS pool, topping the Coyotes in a dual 115-70. "We had finals this week and the guys were juggling to balance school and sports," said Blue Jay coach Ben Smith. "But we were able to come out tonight with a lot of energy and were focused into the pool."
McKayla Orr plays with a reckless abandon that doesn't come standard with most women's basketball players. University of Jamestown's 5-foot-4 senior guard operates at one speed, and one speed only, no matter the score or the opponent. But don't expect Jimmie head coach Greg Ulland to attempt to rein in arguably his hardest-working player on the court any time soon. "She probably wouldn't listen to me anyway," Ulland said. "Let's be honest."
University of Jamestown men's basketball is so good from 3-point range it camouflaged a monster game Saturday by its big man in the middle. The Jimmies' Leighton Sampson roughed up visiting Presentation College for 22 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, but Jamestown pushed 19 total 3-pointers through the hoop—none of which were converted by Sampson—in a rather well-rounded 109-88 victory over the Saints at Harold Newman Arena.
Not much went wrong for 20th-ranked Morningside College on the wrestling mat Thursday at Harold Newman arena. The Mustangs won seven of nine contested matches over University of Jamestown, topping the Jimmies 30-6 in the first Great Plains Athletic Conference dual between the two programs. The Jimmie matmen narrowly fell 21-17 to Midland University in Jamestown's first ever GPAC competition on Nov. 3 at the Larson Center. The rest of Jimmie athletics will follow the wrestling team to the GPAC next season.
Someone forgot to tell Jackson Schauer to take it easy on his buddy Tuesday night at Harold Newman Arena. Schauer wrapped up a 16-1 technical fall over freshman Dylan Kislia to end the first period at 165 pounds. The effort helped University of Jamestown men's wrestling to a 29-15 dual victory over the Itasca Community College Vikings of Grand Rapids, Minn. Schauer, a sophomore for the Jimmies, and Kislia know each other well. "Actually, the kid I wrestled tonight was my high school teammate," said Schauer, a native of Grand Rapids. "So that was kinda cool."
Jamestown boys hockey is starting to find its stride after Christmas break. After taking wins over both Bottineau-Rugby and Dickinson this past weekend, the Blue Jays kept plugging away Tuesday night in Mandan with an 8-3 victory over the Braves. The win gave Jamestown three more points in the West Region, currently tying it with Bismarck Century for the lead in conference points at 15. Senior forward Devin Hofmann posted a hat trick and tallied five total points. Hofmann leads the Blue Jays in both goals scored (16) and points (24).
Brett Harris and University of Jamestown men's hockey put a solid start to the new year to bed Sunday afternoon at John L. Wilson Arena. The sophomore forward's hat trick led the Jimmies in dismantling ACHA Division II Williston State College 10-1 to complete the weekend sweep. Jamestown defeated the Tetons 8-3, also at Wilson, on Saturday.
Seth Nelson has grown into quite a basketball player since last winter. The Carrington sophomore sprouted from 5-foot-11 in stature to 6-3 and into the Cardinals' starting lineup. Nelson buried five 3-pointers Saturday night at the Jamestown Civic Center, part of a 20-point, 11-rebound performance in the championship game of the Stutsman County boys basketball tournament. Carrington defended its Stutsman title, defeating Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 72-58.
Lane Hanson bricked a dunk in transition Thursday at the Jamestown Civic Center. His Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier Rebels still defeated South Border 55-38 in the opening round of the Stutsman County boys basketball tournament, but the 6-foot-5 Northern State University football recruit wasn't going to make the same mistake Friday against Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter in the semifinals.
The defending state balance beam champion had both judges in agreement Friday during the annual KC Invite at Jamestown Gymnastics Club. Jamestown High School freshman Rachel Schiele dazzled during her best event, setting what Blue Jay gymnastics coach Dave Tews believes will probably be the top beam score in the state this season. The paddle read 9.7 shortly after Schiele's routine.