Blue Jay girls No. 4 in final ‘A’ poll

The Jamestown High School girls’ basketball team is ranked fourth in the final Class A poll of the season.
The 13-5 Blue Jays fell one spot after being tied with Bismarck Century for third in last week’s top five. Jamestown is seeded third for next week’s West Region tournament in Bismarck March 5-7. They’ll open against Bismarck (9-10) March 5.
Fargo South (18-0), Bismarck (15-4) and Century (15-4) are 1-2-3 and Grand Forks Central (13-5) rounds out the poll.
Mandan finishes the boys’ poll going wire-to-wire.
Fargo North, Wahpeton, Williston and West Fargo round out the top five.
This week’s North Dakota Class A basketball polls compiled by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Each team is followed by first;place votes in parentheses, records, previous ranking and total points. These are the final polls of the season.
1. Mandan (8) 18-1 1 40
2. Fargo North 14-4 3 29
3. Wahpeton 14-4 3 20
4. Williston 13-5 NR 17
5. West Fargo 13-6 5 11
Others receiving votes: Minot
1. Fargo South (8) 18-0 1 40
2. Bismarck 15-4 2 32
3. Bismarck Century 15-4 3 21
4. Jamestown 13-5 3 18
5. Grand Forks Central 13-5 5 7
Others receiving votes: Turtle Mountain.

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DAC Tournament semifinals update

The Jamestown College women’s basketball team got off to a slow start in the DAC postseason tournament semifinals on Wednesday night in Spearfish, S.D.

10th-ranked Black Hills State opened the game on a 10-3 run to grab a quick lead over the 20th-ranked Jimmies.

But JC recovered. A 15-4 run gave the Jimmies an 18-14 lead, and at halftime it’s Jamestown College holding a 30-26 advantage.

In the other semifinal game, Valley City State held a 39-24 lead over DAC regular-season champion Dickinson State at the Scott Gym.

If Valley City State upsets the Blue Hawks, that would mean that the JC/Black Hills winner would host the DAC championship game on Sunday.

FINAL: BH 55, JC 48

The Yellow Jackets trailed by six early in the second half, but held the Jimmies to just 18 second-half points to advance to the title game.

A 6-0 run by JC gave them a 44-43 lead with 5:43 remaining. But Keely Krolikowski hit two three-pointers and Piggy Pili added another in a game-turning 10-2 run that gave Black Hills a 53-46 lead with under three minutes left.

JC held Black Hills star Brittany Fuhrman scoreless and limited Katelynn Lamb to eight.

Mara Paulson led JC with 13 and Pili led Black Hills with 12.

Black Hills will travel to Dickinson on Sunday for the title game. The Blue Hawks rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Valley City State 67-64 in the other semifinal.

The only upset of the night came in the men’s semifinals, where No. 3 seed Minot State upended No. 2 Dickinson State 84-73 in OT. No. 1 Black Hills State beat No. 4 South Dakota Mines 77-67, so the Yellow Jackets will host the Beavers in Sunday’s title game.

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Spring is coming (really)

It may still look like winter out there, and sure, there’s a winter weather advisory tonight for blowing and drifting snow and wind chills of -25, but spring is on its way.

Somewhere, anyway.

Major League Baseball returned on Wednesday, with spring training games beginning. Spring training is a little longer this year due to the World Baseball Classic.

The Houston Astros defeated the Washington Nationals in their opener. Jamestown’s Darin Erstad was in the lineup as the starting DH. He went 1-for-2, singled and scored on a Jason Smith triple in the fifth inning.

The San Francisco Giants outslugged the Cleveland Indians 10-7. Sykeston’s Travis Hafner, still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, was not in the lineup. He’s expected to begin facing live pitching sometime in early March before getting into Cactus League games.

Glen Perkins threw two scoreless innings on Wednesday night as the Minnesota Twins beat a Boston Red Sox split squad 5-2 in their Grapefruit League opener.

And we might get 3-5 inches of snow by noon tomorrow. Sigh …

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JC baseball team opens season tonight

The Jamestown College baseball team opens its season tonight at the Metrodome in Minneapolis with a late-night doubleheader.

The 23rd-ranked Jimmies take on Division III Bethel College (Minn.) out of the MIAC, with the twinbill starting at 9:45 p.m.

The Jimmies are coming off a 32-20 season and second trip to the NAIA World Series. They return a strong nucleus of players and have been tabbed as the team to beat in the Dakota Athletic Conference by the league’s coaches.

Coach Tom Hager enters his 10th season with six returning position players, two starting pitchers and four bullpen members back, plus another strong stable of newcomers from a top recruiting class.

The Jimmies are scheduled to play Midland Lutheran in Fremont, Neb. on Saturday and Sunday, but weather forecasts are not promising. They play 10 games in six days in Florida, beginning March 8.

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H-M-B’s Fettig nominated for McDonald’s team

Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock standout Samantha Fettig has been nominated for the 2009 McDonald’s All American Girls’ High School Basketball team.
Fettig hes helped lead the Tigers to a 15-7 record so far this season. The Tigers reached the semifinals of the Region 3 tournament before falling to Kidder County. H-M-B will takes on Linton in the third-place game on Thursday night. She is one of 1,000 high school basketball players nationwide to be nominated.
The 6-foot senior averaged 14.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season along with 37 assists, 15 blocks and 55 steals while helping the Tigers to a fourth-place finish at the state Class B tournament.
From the field of nominees, 24 athletes will be chosen later this month to compete in the boys’ 2009 McDonald’s All American Game in Miami, which will air live on ESPN.


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Blue Jay boys host West Region play-in game

The Jamestown High School boys’ basketball team will host a West Region play-in game on Friday night.

The Blue Jays will square off with Turtle Mountain at 7 p.m. at the JHS gym with the winner earning the No. 8 seed in the regional tournament and an opening-round game with Mandan.

Jamestown (7-11) swept Turtle Mountain (0-19) during the regular season, winning 73-52 in Belcourt and 71-53 at home.

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