Kidder County’s Randall named to all-state team

Adam Randall of Kidder County was named to the North Dakota Class B boys’ basketball all-state first team.

Randall had the highest scoring average (26.6 ppg) of all the players selected to the all-state team. He also averaged 9.8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.8 steals per game while shooting 59 percent from the field.

Randall joined Mr. Basketball winner Cameron Malzer of Turtle Lake-Mercer, Gus Kueber of Dakota Prairie, Chad Marshall of Hazen and Kevin Sanford of Watford City on the first team.

Kueber averaged 14.7 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 4 assists in leading the Knights to a runner-up finish in the state tournament. He was named MVP of the state tournament.

Justin Purintun of Linton, who averaged 17.2 points, 6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals for the undefeated state champions, was named to the all-state second team.

Harding signs with JC basketball

Justin Harding of Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minn., has signed a Dakota Athletic Conference letter of intent to attend Jamestown College and play basketball.

Harding, a three-year letterwinner for the Mustangs, averaged 12 points, five rebounds and four assists this past season for Mounds View, which competes in the Twin Cities Suburban East Conference. Harding, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward, scored a season-high 24 points in a win over Park of Cottage Grove as the Mustangs finished the season with a 20-7 record.

“Justin is a great young man who will bring a lot of different things to the court for us next season and years to come,” said JC coach Jeff Trumbauer. “He is a very skilled player for his size. He can handle, pass and shoot the ball extremely well and he has the ability to make others around him better.

“He is a very unselfish player, with a great feel and we fully expect Justin to come and be an immediate contributor.”
 

Harding signs with JC men’s basketball

Justin Harding of Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minn., has signed a Dakota Athletic Conference letter of intent to attend Jamestown College and play basketball.

Harding, a three-year letterwinner for the Mustangs, averaged 12 points, five rebounds and four assists this past season for Mounds View, which competes in the Twin Cities Suburban East Conference. Harding, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward, scored a season-high 24 points in a win over Park of Cottage Grove as the Mustangs finished the season with a 20-7 record.

“Justin is a great young man who will bring a lot of different things to the court for us next season and years to come,” said JC coach Jeff Trumbauer. “He is a very skilled player for his size. He can handle, pass and shoot the ball extremely well and he has the ability to make others around him better.

“He is a very unselfish player, with a great feel and we fully expect Justin to come and be an immediate contributor.”
 

Paiement on Team North Dakota

Jamestown High School hockey standout Erick Paiement has been chosen to play for Team North Dakota.
Paiement joins 19 other of the state’s top seniors, who will play in the Chicago Showcase this summer.
Paiement was a three-year player for the Blue Jays, piling up 95 points in his career. He scored 52 goals, including 27 as a junior and 18 more this past season. He also had 43 assists, including a team-high 13 in 2008-09.
 

Youth prevails on N.D. Class A boys’ all-state list

For the first time this decade, there are more underclassmen than seniors on the North Dakota Class A boys’ basketball all-state team.

Mandan junior Bryan Kielpinski, Grand Forks Red River junior Luke Schreiner and Dickinson sophomore Joe Hanstad lead the way on the team, selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Brent Qvale, a finalist for the Mr. Basketball award, is joined by Bryant Friskop of Wahpeton, the East Region’s top senior, on the first team.

Jays’ Dale named to all-state first team

Jamestown High School’s Morgan Dale was named to the Class A girls’ basketball all-state team.

Dale, the West Region and Class A Senior Player of the Year as voted by the coaches, was one of five players named to the first team by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

A Miss Basketball finalist, Dale averaged 15.4 points, 9.5 rebounds 3.9 assists and 2.6 steals per game while helping the Blue Jays to a fifth-place finish at the state tournament. Dale finished with 1,253 career points, good for second on the JHS all-time scoring chart.

Other first-teamers were: Mandan’s Ali Collins, the Miss Basketball award winner, along with Sarah Feeney and Kelsey Sigl of state-champion Bismarck and Caitlyn Haring of Fargo South.

Jacks play Baylor tonight in Lubbock

The North Dakota State Bison men’s basketball team got a lot of attention ’round these parts for their run to the NCAA tournament, and deservedly so.

Another Dakota-based Summit League school has quietly had an even better season.

The South Dakota State women are taking on Baylor tonight in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament. The Jackrabbits went 31-2 during the regular season, won the Summit League and got a lower-than-they-deserved No. 7 seed for the tournament.

SDSU has been ranked in the top 25 for much of the season, and they’ve beaten a bunch of schools from bigger conferences, like the Big 10.

One of the Jacks’ losses came at the hands of Maryland. The Terps (29-4) are a No. 1 seed and can reach the Sweet 16 with a win tonight as well.

To follow the Jacks, click on this blog, run by a guy with a familiar-sounding name.

Jimmies just miss top 25 of baseball poll

The Jamestown College baseball team came up just one point short of getting back into the NAIA top 25.
The Jimmies are off to an 11-2 start, with their only two losses coming to ranked teams in No. 13 Embry Riddle (Fla.) — which has already played 34 games — and 22nd-ranked University of St. Francis (Ill.), a team the Jimmies split with on March 8 in Ormand Beach, Fla., scoring 15 runs in the doubleheader.
The Jimmies have won seven straight games, including a 16-6 rout of Division I UND on Monday in Mitchell, S.D. JC has 112 points in the poll, while 25th-ranked Malone University of Ohio has 113.
The Jimmies are scheduled to open Dakota Athletic Conference play this weekend, with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday in Madison, S.D., against Dakota State. The Trojans (11-9) were scheduled to host Mayville State (6-7) today, but that was postponed due to bad weather. DSU will travel to 14th-ranked Bellevue University (Neb.) for a twinbill on Thursday.

JC women’s soccer adds Montana goalkeeper

The Jamestown College women’s soccer program has signed a goalkeeper from Belgrade, Mont.
Emily Schmit has signed a Dakota Athletic Conference letter of intent to play for the Jimmies.
A senior at Belgrade High School, Schmit was a four-year starter and a member of two Class A state championship teams. She was a three-time all-conference selection and posted 22 career shutouts.
During her junior season, she allowed just five goals as she helped her team win its second conference title in three years as well as a state title.
Schmit plays club soccer for the Belgrade Rage U-19 team, which has won two Class A state titles.

Pirates’ Sand named to all-state first team

Lindsey Sand of state champion Kidder County was named to the North Dakota Class B girls’ basketball all-state team.

Sand averaged 15 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Pirates, who went 26-1.

Three area players, two of them Jamestown College recruits, were named to the all-state second team.

Katie Brademeyer of Oakes averaged 21.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game for the Tornadoes.

Justene Engels of New Rockford-Sheyenne averaged 14.7 points, 7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 4.3 steals per game for the Rockets, who finished fourth in the state Class B tournament.

Brademeyer and Engels have signed with the Jimmies.

Engels’ teammate, Bobbi Grann, was also named to the all-state second team. Grann, an all-stater for the second straight season, averaged 15.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 3.1 assists per game for the Rockets.