Blue Jays rally past Trojans, claim 7th place at Class B State Tournament

Article by Ian Grande

Minot – Things got off to a rocky start for the Stanley Blue Jays in the 7th place game of the North Dakota Class B State Tournament. The Blue Jays managed to rally back from deficits in the previous two games, only to come up a little short. Today would be different in one regard.

The Blue Jays found themselves down 17-8 early to the Region 5 Champion Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky Trojans in the 7th place game. The Trojans would still be in control late in the 3rd quarter, leading 45-36. That was when the Blue Jays completely seized control of the game.

Wyatt Hanson dunk (Photo by Ian Grande)
Senior Wyatt Hanson hit a 3-pointer as time expired in the 3rd quarter, part of a 28 to 3 rally to end the game. Hanson would open up the 4th quarter by hitting another three and the lead was down to a single point. Senior Ryan Nesheim and sophomore Seth Hetzel both hit fourth quarter 3-pointers to help propel the Blue Jays on their late run.

Ryan Nesheim (Photo by Ian Grande)
Seth Hetzel (Photo by Ian Grande)

Kaedyn Hanson contributed on both ends of the floor during the huge rally. The junior terrorized the Trojan posts during the second half, patrolling the paint with authority. Hanson finished with 15 points and game high 16 rebounds, including 6 offensive rebounds.

Kaedyn Hanson (Photo by Ian Grande)

Senior Logan Aadnes dished out a game high 8 assists to go along with his 6 points. The senior wrapped up an excellent career for the Blue Jays with another solid game.

Logan Aadnes (Photo by Ian Grande)

The Blue Jays shot an incredible 7-9 from the 3-point line in the second half.  Wyatt Hanson and Matt Patten both finished with three 3-pointers.

Matt Patten (Photo by Ian Grande)

Trapper Jacobs poured in a game high 20 points to lead the Trojans.

Riley Iverson (Photo by Ian Grande)

The Blue Jays claimed 7th place in their first State Tournament appearance since 1938.

Stanley 8 14 19 23 (64)

Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 17 13 15 3 (48)

Stanley: W. Hanson 18, K. Hanson 15, Patten 9, Hetzel 9, Nesheim 7, Aadnes 6

TLMM: Jacobs 20, Anderson 12,  Klain 8, Freeman 6, Laframboise 2

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. Feel free to reach out with any comments/concerns (

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