Something in the water? Jamestown off to 8-0 start, No. 2 state ranking

Jamestown will take an 8-0 record into Saturday's game against New Bloomfield at the Capital City Shootout. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

JAMESTOWN --- There's something magical in the air on that 10-mile stretch of Hwy. 179 between Prairie Home and Jamestown.

Then again, perhaps it's not in the air at all.

"Maybe," Seth Thomas said, "there's something in the water down here."

There's good reason to believe that.

Last season, it was the Prairie Home girls basketball team that made a scintillating journey to the Final Four. Now, it's the Jamestown boys, directed by Thomas, who are off to a blistering 8-0 start that's elevated the Eagles to No. 2 in the state in Class 1.

"I don't know what's going on," Thomas said with a laugh. "I think part of it may be how special their (Prairie Home girls) season was, maybe some of our kids saw that and (thought), 'I'd like to be a part of that, too.'

"But's is definitely ironic that it's happened in back-to-back seasons."

These undefeated Eagles (8-0) are definitely soaring in the early going this season.

"When you're going into the season, you kind of hope that's how you start," said Thomas, whose team will clash with New Bloomfield at 11:30 a.m. Saturday as part of the Capital City Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse. "You don't want to get your hopes too high, but we've done everything we've wanted to do. And when I say 'we', I mean these kids have done everything I've asked them to do.

"They've really competed their butts off; they deserve the start they've had."

This is not to say this is a surprise. The Eagles, after all, have all five starters are back --- and four of them are seniors --- from last season's 18-9 club.

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