JC men blown out

All four of Jamestown College’s losses this season could have been wins.

Not Friday.

The Jimmies trailed from start to finish in a 79-59 to Division II Minnesota State-Moorhead at the Blue Hawk Classic in Dickinson

The Jimmies first four losses all came by three points, but the Dragons led throughout and JC never trailed.

C.J. Peeters had a strong game in defeat, leading JC with 25 points.

The Jimmies get another chance today in Dickinson, facing something called Johnson & Wales out of Colorado.

Jimmies ink JHS VB star Hanson

Jon Hegerle reeled in Jamestown High School volleyball standout Alex Hanson on Friday.

One of the top hitters in the state, Hanson figures to be star in time in the DAC for the Jimmies. The athletic 6-1 hitter, had 282 kills for the Blue Jays, earning all-state honors as a senior.

She also had drawn interest from Concordia (Moorhead), but chose to stay home.

She told me last month she was interested in joining the Jimmies, but "nothing was decided, yet."

It is now.

She’s joining the orange and black.

Rough night for Jays

Short and sweet with the nightly wrap-up, mercifully.

The Blue Jays were tied 2-2 with Mandan Thursday night early in the period in West Region hockey action. Looked tight, right? Nope.

The Braves scored the next seven goals and won 9-2.

Goals for the Jays were from Nick Jensen and Andrew Yatskis.

Everyone but big Bryan Kielpinski got on the board for the Braves.

Wrestling-wise, Carrington topped the Jays 46-18.

The Cardinals are 7-1 in duals and one of the top teams in Class B.

Landon Swangler, Shane Gallagher and David Birrenkott each had pins for the Blue Jays, but that was all the wins for JHS.

Otherwise, it was all Carrington.

I have noting futher at this point, so good night.

Dosch scores new gig

Former Jamestown College coach Tom Dosch is the new head football coach at Northern State University.

Dosch has spent the last two seasons as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Southern Illinois University, working on a staff with former UND head coach Dale Lennon. Southern Illinois qualified for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs both those years.

NSU President James Smith says Dosch’s coaching experience and success in area recruiting make him a perfect fit for the position.

Dosch becomes the 26th head coach in NSU’s 107-year football history.

Dosch compiled a 25-17 record in four seasons at Jamestown College , leading the Jimmies to back-to-back NAIA playoff berths in the 2006 and ’07 seasons and a share of the Dakota Athletic Conference title in 2007. It was the school’s first conference title in nine years and they finished the season ranked No. 6 in the NAIA.

Northern State, which plays in the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, fired Chris Boden after going 2-9 last season.
 

Bismarck new Class A No. 1

Bismarck has jumped over Mandan as the No. 1 team in the latest Class A boys’ basketball poll.
The 1-0 Demons got five of the nine first-place votes to edge the defending Class A state champions in overall points, 37-34. The Braves (3-0) got the other four top-place votes. The Demons dominated Minot 80-47 on Dec. 10.
Fargo North (1-0) is No. 3 followed by Bismarck Century (3-0) and Dickinson (2-0).
Fargo South remains the unanimous No. 1 on the girls’ side. The 4-0 Bruins got all eight first-place votes.
Bismarck Century (1-1), Turtle Mountain (1-0) and Grand Forks Red River (2-0) stay in spots 2-4, while Fargo Shanley (3-1) moves into the top five for the first time.
 

Another fine night

The Jamestown High School hockey and wrestling teams both lost Tuesday night to no one’s surprise.

Johnny Schmitz and Mitch Ova had the only wins for the Blue Jay matmen, who were pinned by Turtle Mountain 63-13. That’s enough about them.

The hockey team wasn’t much better in a 4-0 loss to the Century Patriots, who are good this year.

The two teams combined for 25 penalties, which forced the thing to take forever and a day.

Matt Andre, no relation to rapper Andre Benjamin, scored twice for the Patriots.

The Blue Jays have scored just nine goals in 11 games, but coach Matt Stockert found positives after the game. I couldn’t have, but he did.

Guys like Matt Stockert, Darin Peterson, Dave Tews and many more - a lot of these coaches deserve better. They try like holy heck and get squat, generally, for it.

I’ll stop there now before the truth really starts to flow, like Budweiser at Ben Rodgers’ apartment after a long day shift at Jamestown’s Sun.

Word up, Jamestown.

Jays sweep back

The Jamestown High School basketball teams bounced back with a sweep on Saturday night at home.

The Blue Jay girls won a tight one over the Grand Forks Central Knights, who won 15 games last season and return much of that team, including all-stater Caitlin Farroh.

Melissa McMillan led the Jays with 17 points. Kara Nygaard added 14 for Jamestown, which trailed 31-20 late in the first half.

The JHS boys blew out the Knights. They were down 11-10 early, but closed the second half on a 24-5 run.

Andrew Peterson’s 21 points led everybody. Brian Sinner added 10 as 11 blue-clads scored in all.

The Blue Jays are at Minot Friday and Turtle Mountain next Saturday afternoon for their first road trip of the season.

Girls
Jamestown 66, Grand Forks Central 62
Grand Forks Central 37 25 — 62
Jamestown 36 30 — 66
Grand Forks Central: Rebecca Fee 6-11 2-6 14, Haley Lebahn 3-7 0-2 6, Brianna Bacon 0-3 0, Jessica Lindsay 5-5 0-2 12, Michaela Johnson 0-1 0-2 0, Jennifer Erickson 0-4 0-0 0, Taylor Hammer 0-1 1-2 1, Caitlin Farroh 9-14 2-4 20, Courtney Hammer 0-2 2-2 2. Totals: 26-63 FG, Three-pointers: 3-10 (Lindsay 2-2, Erickson 0-1, Farroh 0-1, Bacon 0-1, Lebahn 0-2), 7-20 FT, 31 Rebounds (Farroh 7), 29 Fouls, 24 Turnovers.
Jamestown: Julie Fuchs 0-4 2-2 2, Alex Hanson 2-4 1-2 5, Kara Nygaard 6-12 2-3 14, Brooke Winson 2-7 1-2 6, Laura Kraft 2-6 1-4 7, Sophie Steinmetz 1-3 1-3 3, Lexi Sveum 1-2 3-4 5, Melissa McMillan 4-6 7-11 17, Niki Schmitz 2-3 3-3 7. Totals: 20-50 FG, Three-pointers: 5-15 (McMillan 2-2, Kraft 2-4, Winson 1-5, Steinmetz 0-2, Fuchs 0-2), 21-34 FT, 51 Rebounds (Nygaard 9), 16 Fouls, 16 Turnovers.
Records: Jamestown 1-1; Grand Forks Central 0-1.

Boys
Jamestown 72, Grand Forks Central 34
Grand Forks Central 17 17 — 34
Jamestown 34 38 — 72
Grand Forks Central: Ken Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Aaron Muz 2-4 0-0 4, Derek White 0-4 0-0 0, Brady Johnson 3-9 2-2 9, Drew Jaeger 0-3 0-0 0, Sean Norton 0-2 0-2 0, Mark Bushaw 0-2 1-2 1, Derrick Yeager 2-6 2-4 6, Grant Parks 1-4 0-0 3, Kyle Lajimodeire 1-8 1-2 3, Ben Lofgren 3-7 2-4 8. Totals: 12-52 FG, Three-pointers: 2-15 (Parks 1-3, Johnson 1-4, Jaeger 0-1, White 0-1, Muz 0-1, Lajimodeire 0-2, Smith 0-3), 8-16 FT, 38 Rebounds (Yeager 6), 18 Fouls, 8 Assists (2 with 2), 26 Turnovers, 12 Steals (4 with 2).
Jamestown: Jordan Piatz 2-3 0-2 5, Brandon Gange 0-3 0-0 0, Andrew Koehn 1-3 2-4 4, Brian Sinner 5-10 0-0 10, Danny Fischer 2-5 3-4 8, Matt Johnson 2-4 0-0 5, Spencer Kamoni 2-3 2-4 6, Brett Sinner 2-3 0-0 5, Andy Peterson 7-12 3-3 21, Jordan Thoreson 1-2 0-0 2, Nathan Willer 0-0 0-1 0, Dyllan Anderson 2-4 0-0 5, Chase Marker 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 26-53 FG, Three-pointers: 9-22 (Peterson 4-8, Brett Sinner 1-2, Piatz 1-2, Fischer 1-2, Anderson 1-2, Matt Johnson 1-3, Brian Sinner 0-1, Koehn 0-1, Kamoni 0-1, Marker 0-1), 11-20 FT, 39 Rebounds (Johnson 6), 16 Fouls, 15 Assists (Piatz 4), 15 Turnovers, 3 Blocked shots (Brian Sinner 3), 14 Steals (Piatz 4).
Records: Jamestown 1-1; Grand Forks Central 0-1.
 

Friday night cluster

Due to the ridiculously idiotic in-town scheduling tonight, this will be our one and only blog posting of the night because we have yet to proof our pages and it’s pushing midnight CST.

There were six high school basketball games and two high school hockey games in town and JHS wrestling on the road.

We will have stuff in on every event held on Friday in Saturday’s edition of The Sun. Here is the very abridged version if you’re scanning our blog at nearly 12 a.m. on a Friday night. If you are doing that, I offer my sincere apologies.

The Blue Jays went 0-4 in boys’ and girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ hockey. The basketball was here against Mandan and hockey vs. Minot (G) and Hazen-Beulah (B) — or as the AP guy out of Oregon said — Hazenberg-Beulah.

The JHS wrestling team lost both of their duals in Grand Forks. Jaden Horstad, Brent Mittleider, Landon Swangler and Shane Gallagher each went 2-0.

At the Stutsman County Tournament, where points are scarce, it is the Imps vs. Cards, or Napoleon and Ellendale, in the title tilt.

That’s the story and we’re sticking to it.

Stay moderately classy Jamestown and good night.

JHS wrestling, gymnastics and other kibbles and bits

Brent Mittleider’s pin at 140 pounds highlighted the Blue Jays’ dual with powerful Bismarck on Thursday night at the JHS gym.

Mitch Ova, Shane Gallagher and Johnny Schmitz also posted wins for the Jays, who actually hung with the Demons, winning four of the nine contested matches.

The Demons are a powerhouse, of course, and their wrestlers at 160, 171, 189 and 285 are beasts. They were also missing one of their returning state champions in Joe Schumacher at 140 who was out with a hand injury.

As for the gymnasts, Kaitlin Walsh and Alex Lind had the top all-around scores at 34.6 and 34.2, respectively.

It was an off night otherwise for JHS in Detroit Lakes, Minn., which scored just 137.225 points after piling up 142.050 in their season-opener Dec. 3.

Nikki Iverson’s 9.3 on the beam was the top score for the Jays.

Elsewhere and entirely unrelated to JHS sports, the Steelers just lost to the Browns 13-6 in an assault on the great game of football. I taped the game, but may not watch it, which would be rare for me.

Benjamin Rodgers, Sun news scribe, keeps talking smack to me about being a Steelers fan. Little does he know, I am not. That would be Sun advertising guru Rob Keller.

If any of you have had the chance to meet young Benjamin, you know what I’m talking about. If you have not, I recommend you do. He’s an interesting fellow, but good people overall.

Good night Jamestown.

Dabill signs with NDSU

Jamestown High School soccer star Jenae Dabill has committed to NDSU.

Read Friday’s edition of The Sun for a longer-than-three-sentence story.

I was alerted to this nugget by my man Shea Durham. Nobody else - including from Jamestown, Fargo or NDSU - told me squat, otherwise we would have had it in today, too.

Good grief.

I’ll just keep doing it live!