Regent Lions’ Southwest Basketball Jamboree tradition continues

On Thursday, March 26, Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, 2015, the Regent Lions hosted their 33rd Annual SW Basketball Jamboree at the Mott Armory in Mott, ND.

By BILL GION | Tournament Manager

On Thursday, March 26, Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, 2015, the Regent Lions hosted their 33rd Annual SW Basketball Jamboree at the Mott Armory in Mott, ND.

The proceeds from this fund raising tournament are used by the Regent Lions to support other youth activities in our communities throughout the year such as: After Prom, Dollars for Scholars, Santa Claus Day, Youth Baseball, Team Roping and the MRHS math-lete tee shirts.

The Jamboree Tournament provides a safe and fun environment for area student athletes to come together and showcase their talents, in a sportsmanlike manner, with the opportunity to play on a team with some of the players they usually play against. It creates new friendships and harbors respect for all opponents. The emphasis is team above individual and to have fun!

Student athletes (62), from nine (9) surrounding communities, participated in this fund raising tournament. The student athletes included 34 boys and 28 girls (7-12 grade) from the communities of Flasher, Grant County, Glen Ullin, Hebron, Killdeer, Mott-Regent, New England, Richardton-Taylor and South Heart.

The Regent Lion’s Tournament Committee places these student athletes on a team in their respective Boy’s or Girl’s Division, striving to create a mix of schools, individual talent and ages while still maintaining a competitive balance. This year’s tournament had six (6) Boy’s teams and four (4) Girl’s teams. The Boy’s teams included: Gallopin’ Green (B1), Guardin’ Gold (B2), Bustin’ Brown (B3), Orbital Orange (B4), Gutzy Grey (B5) and Ready Red (6). The Girl’s teams included: Yowza Yellow (G1), Booya Blue (G2), Pesky Pink (G3) and Tricky Tangerine (G4).

There were 17 games played during the Jamboree. On Thursday evening, the Girls teams started the tournament with a slate of four games, playing twice each. On Friday evening, the Boys teams played a total of four games as well. The remaining nine games were played on Saturday, leading up to the Consolation and Championship divisional games on Saturday evening. Also, on Saturday afternoon, the 3-Point, Free Throw Contests and Senior Recognition were held.

The 3- point competitions had a total of 41 contestants: Boys (22) and Girls (19). Each contestant competed in their respective divisional first round; and then, based on performance, finalists were selected for the 1 minute Finals Round. The Finalist Boys (5) included: Denver Colgrove (11th –RT), Sean Hertz (10th- MR), Carter Honeyman (11th – MR), Cody Perkins (8th – MR) & Cory Rebel (RT). The Finalist Girls (6) included: Autumn Alt (11th – Grant Co.), Sydney Bentz (12th – Grant Co.), Sydney Anderson (9th – Killdeer), Allison Gion (12th – MR), Reagan Olson (11th – RT) and Alison Scheetz (12th – Killdeer). Carter Honeyman won the Gold in the Boys Contest making 13 shots in one minute, Cody Perkins (Silver) and Cory Rebel (Bronze). Alison Scheetz won the Gold in the Girls Contest making 9 shots in one minute, Reagan Olson (Silver) and Autumn Alt (Bronze).

In the popular and fast paced, “Miss and Your Done” Free Throw Contest (sponsored by Gion Appraisal of Regent), the athletes participated in a Boys and Girls division. The Boys Champion was Isacc Frey (8th-grade – MR), with Jaden Schmidt (Senior – Hebron) taking second and Cory Rebel (RT) taking third. The Girls Champion was Jenna Ehlis (Junior – NE), with Lexi Bentz (Freshman – Grant Co.) taking second and Abbey Kautzman (Junior- MR) taking third. Trophies were awarded to each place.

Before the Consolation and Championship Games, a total of 11 seniors were recognized in the Senior Recognition (sponsored by Brad Greff, Farmers Union Insurance). They were thanked for their years of participation and asked about their plans after high school. The winners of the Senior Recognition drawing ($25 Gift Card) were Allison Gion (MR) and Jaden Schmidt (Hebron).

In the Boy’s Consolation Games, Guardin’ Gold took fifth, led by their seniors Chris Fischer (Grant Co.) and Ty Wehri (Hebron) while Orbital Orange took third, led by their senior Zach Krein (Hebron). The Girls third place went to Pesky Pink led by their Seniors Sydney Bentz (Grant Co.) and Shantel Herner (MR). Third place winners were given a Bronze Medal while the other participants all received Jamboree dog tags for participating.

In the Girl’s Championship Game, Booya Blue played Yowza Yellow, in a rematch of Game 1 of the tournament. Booya Blue again displayed strong team work and defense, and prevailed 52 to 36 to complete an undefeated tournament. The Blue Championship Team members which received Gold Medals included: Allison Gion (MR – Sr.), Autumn Alt (Grant Co. – Jr), Kaitlyn Duncan (MR – Jr.), Jasmine Northrup (Heart River – Jr.), Jenna Ehlis (NE – Jr.), Maddi Johnson (MR – So.), Kassi Lara (NE – So.) and Karly Bang (Killdeer – 8th-grade). Silver Medals were awarded to the Yowza Yellow team members for second place, led by their senior Alison Scheetz.

In the Boy’s Championship Game, Gallopin’ Green played Ready Red. In a hard fought game that went into OT, (the third OT Boys game of the tournament), Gallopin’ Green came out on top to win a thriller, 55-52. The Green Championship Team members which received Gold Medals included: Chase Berger (GU Sr.), Ty Wehri (Hebron Sr.), Brett Messmer (MR Jr.), Christian Kelly (RT Jr.), Hunter Crist (MR Fr.) and Logan Hoff (RT-8th-grade). Silver Medals were awarded to Ready Red team members for second place, led by their senior Jayden Schmidt from Hebron.

The delicious concessions at the tournament were provided by the Mott-Regent After-Prom parents.

Other volunteers and officials included: Sue Gion (book), Phylis Bivins (clock), Jean Gion, Patti Schaible & Tracy Krueger (registration), Kenny Messer (gate) the referees: Brad Greff, Adam Greff, Tracy Fischer, Ben Auch and Pat Perkins and our announcer, Clark Gion.

As usual, Roger Senn, the Armory custodian did a great job and Lucas Greff of the National Guard was most accommodating for the initial scheduling conflict.

The Regent Lions is very grateful to these fine volunteers! Fun was had by all, with competitive well played games. Only the weather itself was as good as the tournament. See everyone again next year for our own, home grown, March Madness, the Regent Lion’s SW Basketball Jamboree!

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