Regent Lions roll up successful hoop jamboree

More than 70 children helped to make the annual basketball jamboree in late March a success, according to a member of the Regent Lions Club.

By Brad Mosher

The Herald

The Regent Lions hosted their 37th Annual SW Basketball Jamboree at the Mott Armory in Mott, with the proceeds from this fundraising tournament used to support other youth activities.

According to Regent Lions spokesman Bill Gion, the funds are used to support activities like the Mott Regent After-Prom, Future Business Leaders of America, ND Leadership Seminar, Speech, FFA and Santa Claus Days. The Regent Lions also supports medical fundraisers for kids and other.

Gion said 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,” Gion added.

Seventy-seven (77) student athletes, grades 7-12, from twelve (12) surrounding communities, participated in this fund-raising Jamboree tournament. The student athletes included boys (46) and girls (31) from the communities of: Beach, Elgin-New Leipzig (Grant County), Flasher, Hettinger, Lemmon – SD, Mott-Regent, New England, Richardton-Taylor, Scranton, Trinity-Dickinson and South Heart.

The student athletes are placed on a team in their respective Boy’s or Girl’s Division, striving to create a mix of schools, individual talent and ages, while maintaining a competitive balance. This year’s tournament had six (6) Boy’s teams and four (4) Girl’s teams. Also, the jamboree, was very fortunate to have local businesses directly sponsor (at random) the teams. KDIX Radio of Dickinson & KNDC Radio of Hettinger helped promote the tournament on their public air waves, Gion explained.

There were nineteen (19) games played during the Jamboree. On Friday afternoon, the Girls and Boys teams tipped off the tournament with a slate of five (5) games, with all teams participating. On Saturday, starting in the morning and ending in the early evening, the remaining fourteen (14) games were played, including the Consolation and Championship divisional games and an exhibition local Women’s & Men’s Amateur Game each.

There were nineteen (19) games played during the Jamboree. On Friday afternoon, the Girls and Boys teams tipped off the tournament with a slate of five (5) games, with all teams participating. On Saturday, starting in the morning and ending in the early evening, the remaining fourteen (14) games were played, including the Consolation and Championship divisional games and an exhibition local Women’s & Men’s Amateur Game each.

“Miss and Your Done” Free Throw Contest, the athletes participated in a Boys and Girls division. The Boys Champion was Warrick Dilse (11th Scranton), with Jake Daniel (10th Trinity) taking 2nd , and Jayden Hauck (11th MR) taking 3rd. The Girls Champion was Sam Oech (11th Beach), Bailey Pierce (9th Scranton) taking 2nd , and Rachel Bosserman (11th Beach) taking 3rd. Trophies were awarded to each place.

· Next, the 3- point competitions were held and a total of forty-four (44) contestants signed up: Boys (31) and Girls (23). 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 (4) included: Isaac Frey (12th MR), Nathan Roth (12th Grant Co.), Jayden Hauck (11th- MR) & Gabe Sorenson (11th NE). The Finalist Girls (4) included: Sam Oech (11th Beach), Molly Rayhorn (11th NE), Molly Farstveet (10th Beach) & Madison Wilhelmi (9th Beach). Jayden Hauck won the Gold medal in the Boys Contest making 11 shots in one minute, Gabe Sorenson (Silver) and Isaac Frey (Bronze). Molly Rayhorn won the Gold medal in the Girls Contest making 9 shots in one minute, Sam Oech (Silver) and Madison Wilhelmi (Bronze).

· Before the Consolation and Championship Games, a total of ten (10) seniors, 7 boys and 3 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. The winners of the cash drawings were Bailey Paulson (RT) and Tyler Rokusek (Grant Co.).

In the Boy’s Consolation Games, Gamin’ Gold took 5th over Ready Red (61-31) led by their senior captain, Isaac Frey (MR); and, Blazin’ Blue took 3rd over Ballsy Berry (62-52) led by their senior captain, Nathan Roth (Grant Co.). The Girls 3rd place game went to Kickin’ Kiwi over Peppy Pink (29-17), led by their senior captain, Bailey Paulson (RT). 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, Cagey Coral played Sassy Sapphire in a rematch. The first time these teams played in the tournament, Cagey Corel won in the only OT of the tournament, 52-47. This anticipated Championship game was also extremely well played and close to the end, with Cagey Coral narrowly winning 31-29. The championship team members which received Gold Medals included: their senior captain, Bree Friedt (12th MR), Molly Rayhorn (11th NE), Beth Lien (11th – Hettinger), Jenna Hildebrant (11th- Beach), Alyvia Braden (10th – Beach), Madison Rafferty (9th – MR) and Jazlyn Ottmar (7th MR). Silver Medals were awarded to the competitive Sassy Sapphire team members for second place, led by their junior captain Coral Alt (Flasher).

In the Boy’s Championship Game, which featured two undefeated teams, Gritty Green, battled Outstanding Orange.

With a gritty effort, Gritty Green outlasted a strong test from Outstanding Orange, and pulled away to win the Championship game 57-43 to remain undefeated at 3-0. The championship team members which received Gold Medals included: their senior captain, Cody Perkins (MR), Warrick Dilse (11th Scranton), Dylan Woodbury (11th –Flasher), Pablo Rodriguec (11th NE), Jake Daniel (10th Trinity), Ryan Doe (10h MR) Nathan Kaufman (9th – NE) & Adam Kautzman (8th MR).

Silver Medals were awarded to Outstanding Orange team members for second place, led by their senior captain, Asad Watson-Buffalo (12th MR).

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