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Proposal could make Jamestown a host site for state tournaments

The Jamestown Civic Center and Promotion Committee in a 4-0 vote recommended approval to get bids for a new basketball floor for the Civic Center, which is estimated at $175,000.

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The Jamestown Civic Center could get a new basketball court and add bleachers if Jamestown is selected as a state tournament site for high school basketball. If the North Dakota High School Activities Association's approves a proposal to move to a three-class system for basketball, the Class A and B state tournaments will rotate between Jamestown, Minot and Grand Forks.
Masaki Ova / The Jamestown Sun
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JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Civic Center and Promotion Committee in a 4-0 vote recommended approval to get bids for a new basketball floor for the Civic Center, which is estimated at $175,000.

City Councilman David Schloegel was absent from the meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The Jamestown Civic Center and Promotion Committee also recommended approval to purchase bleachers for additional seating of 200 people on the east end of the Civic Center. The cost is estimated at $22,000.

If approved by the City Council, the funds will be taken from the city sales tax fund.

Civic Center Director Pam Fosse said the current basketball floor will have trade-in value that can help cover the cost of a new one. The new basketball court could also be paid from sponsorship advertising on the floor.

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The decision to get a new basketball court and bleachers will depend on the North Dakota High School Activities Association’s decision to move to a three-class basketball system that could start in the 2023-24 school year.

If the proposal that was presented to the North Dakota High School Activity Association to move to a three-class system is approved, the Class A and B state tournaments will be held the first weekend in March and will rotate between Minot, Grand Forks and Jamestown. Jamestown would host a tournament two out of three years since Grand Forks is only available every other year because it hosts hockey tournaments.

A focus group representing member schools and regions in North Dakota created a draft of the proposal to move to a three-class system.

The three-class system could lead to Jamestown hosting other state tournaments in the future, Fosse said.

Fosse gave a timeline for the potential implementation of the three-class proposal. She said the next date is Sept. 26-30 when the NDHSAA will revise the proposal based on input and feedback from the member schools.

By Oct. 1, the final draft that includes the feedback will be presented to the member schools and others under consideration. By Nov. 1, the proposal will be shared with the NDHSAA.

“They will need 60% of the member schools to approve the letter of support in the plan,” Fosse said. “At that point, they will vote on whether or not the proposal moves forward. That time is when it begins to affect the city of Jamestown.”

Councilman David Steele said he was concerned about the NDHSAA changing locations in the future and Jamestown not being in the rotation. He asked if the basketball court would need to be replaced in the future.

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Fosse said the Civic Center will still host three jamborees, the district boys and girls tournaments and the regional boys and girls tournaments. She said the Civic Center also hosts a number of other athletic events.

She said a letter of support will still be needed from the city of Jamestown.

“It would also help secure Jamestown as a host site if the North Dakota High School Activities Association and the tournament selection committee feels that we are interested in offering hospitality for this tournament,” she said.

The last time a state girls high school basketball tournament was held in Jamestown it had the highest attendance out of any high school basketball tournament ever, Mayor Dwaine Heinrich said.

“I am happy that we are being considered as one of the proposed sites,” Steele said. “It would be great for our local businesses and hotels.”

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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