JAMESTOWN - It's been 26 years since the Jamestown boys basketball team played for a state championship, but this year's Blue Jays have the makings of a title team.
They enter the final two weeks of the regular season a perfect 17-0, with their eyes on reversing some painful memories.
"This means a lot to everyone, we came in as sophomores, we won 2 games, we worked so hard for this, we've got to make a good year out of this year. " senior guard Jared Kallenbach said.
The Blue Jays have taken off to top of the Western Dakota Association standings and the top ranking in the state.
They have eight seniors reminded of a painful loss to West Fargo in the state quarterfinals last year.
"We've got a senior group, a focused group, they are taking what they learned last year, take it to heart and get better each day." head coach Jacoby Lloyd said.
Jamestown has its star power as well, junior Boden Skunberg has committed to North Dakota State, while 6'7 senior Mason Walters will play college ball in his hometown. They are embracing the expectations that come with a 17-0 record.
This is something where we want to be here, we want the spotlight, if you shy away from it, the situation can overtake you, we're out to prove everyone's expectations are right and try to take it a step further as well. " Lloyd said.
If the Blue Jays exceed those expectations, they'll be celebrating a first state title in 26 years.