On Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Regent Lions hosted their 34th 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: the Mott Regent After-Prom, Future Business Leaders of America, Miss ND School presentations, Speech, Santa Claus Day, and Mathlete t-shirts. The Regent Lions also supports medical fund raisers for kids and other individuals, and the annual Riverside Team Roping in Regent, ND.
This 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!
Seventy five (75) student athletes, grades 7-12, from ten (10) surrounding communities, participated in this fund raising jamboree tournament. The student athletes included 48 boys and 27 girls from the communities of Beach, Beulah, Bison (SD), Flasher, Grant County, Hebron, Mott-Regent, New England, Richardton-Taylor and South Heart.
The Regent Lion’s tournament manager placed 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: Cuttin’ Carrot (B1), Screamin’ Neon (B2), Gamin’ Green (B3), Gutzy Gold (B4), Bustin’ Blue (B5) and Tricky Turquoise (B6). The Girl’s teams included: Pesky Peach (G1), Leapin’ Lime (G2), Peppy Pink (G3) and Sassy Sapphire (G4).
There were seventeen (17) games played during the Jamboree. On Friday afternoon, the Girls and Boys teams started the tournament with a slate of eight (8) games, some teams playing twice each. On Saturday, starting in the morning and ending in the early evening, the remaining nine (9) games were played, including the Consolation and Championship divisional games. Also, on Saturday, the Senior Recognition, 3-Point and Free Throw Contests took place.
Before the Consolation and Championship Games, a total of sixteen (16) seniors, 8 boys and 8 girls, were recognized in the Senior Recognition. They were thanked for their years of participation at the Jamboree and asked about their plans after high school. Brad Greff -Farmers Union Insurance sponsors this event, and the winners of the drawing ($25 Gift Card) were Reagan Olson (RT) and Brodie Ambers (MR).
Next, the 3- point competitions were held and a total of forty nine (49) contestants signed up: Boys (28) and Girls (21). Each contestant competed in their respective divisional First Round (30 seconds); and then, based on their performance, finalists were selected for the (1 minute) Finals Round. The Finalist Boys (7) included: Carter Honeyman (12th – MR), Peyton Gabrielson (12th – Flasher), Casey Walcker (12th – Beulah), Jacob Edinger (11th–GC), Brady Wegh (11th- MR), Logan Kuntz (9th R-T) and Kaden Auch (7th MR). The Finalist Girls (6) included: Autumn Alt (12th – Grant Co.), Amber Friedt (12th – MR), Alexi Bentz (10th- GC), Bailey Olson (10th SH), Erin Walcker (9th – Beulah) and Coral Alt (8th – GC). Logan Kuntz won the Gold in the Boys Contest making 6 shots in one minute, Peyton Gabrielson (Silver) and Carter Honeyman (Bronze). Bailey Olson won the Gold in the Girls Contest making 7 shots in one minute, Amber Friedt (Silver) and Alexi Bentz (Bronze).
In the popular and fast paced, “Miss and Your Done” Free Throw Contest, sponsored by Gion Appraisal, the athletes participated in a Boys and Girls division. The Boys Champion was Braden Wehri (11th – Hebron), with Denit Sorenson (10th – NE) taking 2nd and Rayman Zimmerman (9th -GC) taking 3rd. The Girls Champion was Ashlyn Privatsky (10th – SH), with Bailey Olson (10th– SH) taking 2nd and Jenna Ehlis (12th – NE) taking 3rd. Trophies were awarded to each place.
In the Boy’s Consolation Games, Screamin’ Neon took 5th, led by their senior captain, Chance Roth (MR); and, Tricky Turquoise took 3rd, led by their senior captain, Denver Colgrove (RT). The Girls 3rd place went to Sassy Sapphire, led by their senior captains, Autumn Alt (GC) and Abbey Kautzman (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, Leapin’ Lime played Peppy Pink, in a rematch of Game 5 of the Jamboree. Leapin’ Lime again prevailed 46 to 34 to go undefeated 4-0 in the tournament. The championship team members which received Gold Medals included: their senior captains, Sadie Ambers (MR) and Reagan Olson (RT), Ellie Messmer (11th – MR), Bailey Olson (10th –MR), Bailey Paulson (9th – RT), Madison Meier (9th – MR) and Ieesha Jordan (8th – MR). Silver Medals were awarded to the Peppy Pink team members for second place, led by their senior captains Kaitlyn Duncan (MR) and Amber Friedt (MR).
In the Boy’s Championship Game, Cuttin’ Carrot played Gutzy Gold. In a hard fought game which displayed excellent shooting and a break-away dunk, Cuttin’ Carrot came out on top to win a thriller, 66-62. The Cuttin’ Carrot championship team members which received Gold Medals included: their senior captains, Casey Walcker (Beulah) and Payton Gabrielson (Flasher), Sean Hertz (11th – MR), Denit Sorenson (10th – NE), Dalton Miller (10th – MR), Cody Perkins (9th – MR), Nathan Roth (9th– MR) and Kaden Auch (7th – MR). Silver Medals were awarded to Gutzy Gold team members for second place, led by their senior captain, Brett Messmer (MR).
he concessions for the Jamboree, quite varied and delicious, were provided by the Mott-Regent After-Prom parents. Other volunteers and officials included: Allison Gion, Shantel Herner and Kim Lutz (clock/scorekeepers), Jean Gion & Tracy Krueger (registration), Kenny Messer and Patty Helfrich (gate), Adam Hill, Pat Perkins and Taylor Zentner (referees), Brock Gion (photographer) and Clark Gion (announcer). As usual, Roger Senn, the Armory custodian did a great job keeping the Armory clean! The Regent Lions is very grateful to these fine volunteers and officials for their unselfish support of the Jamboree and making it successful. Last, but certainly not least, the Regent Lions thanks all the kids for participating too!
Fun was had by all, with well-played games and new, life-long friendships made! The Regent Lion’s SW Basketball Jamboree will see you next year, and with the help of Allison Gion (marketing) you can now see us on Facebook @ Regent Lions and/or email NDRegentLions@gmail.com.