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Jimmies fall:But just two spots to No. 5 in poll

Kadie Savage defends during a game earlier this season at the Civic Center. The Jimmies fell two spots to No. 5 in the latest NAIA Division II top 25 rankings.

The Jimmies’ first loss since around Halloween didn’t affect their ranking too severely.

The University of Jamestown’s women’s basketball team fell two spots to No. 5 in the latest NAIA top 25 poll.

The 19-2 Jimmies lost to Mayville State on Jan. 22, then bounced back to rout Presentation College on Saturday.

The Comets’ big road victory here didn’t help them rankings-wise as much as expected. Mayville State (16-2) moved up, but just three spots to No. 13.

The Jimmies’ only other loss came to Northwestern, Iowa, way back on Nov. 1. The Red Raiders suffered their first loss of the season last week to Morningside, Iowa, a team Jamestown beat 67-66 on Dec. 30.

 The Red Raiders (19-1) share the No. 2 ranking with Davenport, Mich. (20-1). Saint Francis, Ind. (22-0) remains atop the poll. Indiana Wesleyan, last year’s national champion, moved up to No. 4. Since 2007, Indiana Wesleyan is the only team not from the GPAC to win a national title, doing so in 2007 and 2013.

The Jimmies play at Valley City State tonight. The Jamestown men have won five straight games and are 2-0 in the North Star Athletic Association.

The Viking women are 10-7, while the men are 9-10.

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Taylor Brown and Samantha Goff shared the NSAA’s weekly indoor track award.

Brown became the first UJ athlete to qualify for nationals when she cleared 5-4.25 in the high jump at the St. Thomas Showcase in St. Paul, Minn. Brown, a sophomore, qualified for nationals in the high jump for the second straight year.

Goff placed fourth in the mile and 16th in the 3,000 at the St. Thomas meet.

The Jimmies compete at Concordia College the next two weeks, starting with the Cobber Invite on Saturday in Moorhead.

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The Jimmie baseball and softball teams have both began practicing, indoors, of course.

Both teams have games scheduled for late February.

The baseball team, coming off a 30-11 season, plays Feb. 27 at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. The following day they play York College and MidAmerican Nazarene in Topeka, Kan.

The softball team plays a tripleheader Feb. 25 at the St. Paul Dome, facing Bemidji State, Sioux Falls and Valley City State. The Jimmies went 21-13 last season.

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Amy Fearnside, Shai Mason and Mary Westman will head to Colorado this weekend.

The three All-Americans from the Jimmie women’s wrestling team will compete in the Dave Schultz Memorial, an international tournament, featuring teams from seven to 10 countries.

The tournament features older, more experienced wrestlers, as well as other top collegians.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at dselvig@jamestownsun.com

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
(701) 952-8460
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