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Erbes family shines for Jimmies

Chris Aarhus / The Sun Jamestown’s Jacob Erbes (88) gets a block from teammate Casey Glenn against Mayville earlier this season. Erbes led the

The Erbes family has been very good to the Jimmie football program.

Dustin Erbes was a standout safety for the Jimmies, earning All-American honors in 2010 after a nine-interception season.

Jacob, who was red-shirting in 2010, needed a little longer for his career to unfold, but it certainly did.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver capped his career with a strong game Saturday in the Jimmies’ season-ending win over Presentation College.

Erbes led the team in catches (54), yards (686) and touchdowns (4) this season.

“Obviously, we would have liked to have won more games, but we never quit. We just came up a little short a few times,” the Colfax, N.D., product said.

As a senior, Erbes felt pressure to step up this season and he did. He ranks 11th in the NAIA in catches and 23rd in yards.

Jacob, who also played basketball in his early years at UJ, said he didn’t feel any pressure following in the footsteps of his All-American brother.

“We’re on different sides of the ball, so I didn’t worry about it much,” he said. “(Jamestown) was a good place for us. Things seemed to work out.”

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It will truly be a David-Goliath scenario for the Jimmie men’s basketball team Wednesday night.

The undersized Jimmies will face a New Mexico team that doesn’t start anybody under 6-3 and goes 7-1 (Alex Kirk)\ and 6-9 (Cameron Bairstow) inside.

The Jimmies (2-2) don’t have anybody over 6-7.

The Lobos, ranked 20th in the coaches poll and 23rd in the AP, are led by senior point guard Kendall Williams, who goes 6-4. With a good season, Williams has a chance to be a late first-round pick in the NBA draft. Most mocks currently have him projected to go early in the second round.

The Lobos top sub is Cullen Neal, son of UNM head coach Craig Neal. Cullen was the top prep player in New Mexico in 2012 and was one of’s top 100 players.

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Joey Murillo picked up three wins in five matches to lead the Jimmies at the Daktronics Open on Sunday in Brookings, S.D.

Murillo, a sophomore from El Paso, Texas, had a pin among his three wins at 125 pounds.

Coach C.J. Campbell only had a handful of wrestlers in action.

Andre Aguinaga went 1-2 at 125 with a pin. Aguinaga is pulling double duty this fall. The freshman from Chubbuck, Idaho, also has been one of the top runners for Ed Crawford’s cross country team.

Julian Gallegos was also 1-2 with a pin at 174 in Brookings.

The Jimmies are back in action Saturday at the Bison Open.

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Beau Eriksson and Ryan Benke have earned weekly awards for the North Star Athletic Association.

Eriksson threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 42 yards on seven carries Saturday in the Jimmies’ 49-41 win over Presentation College.

Kicker Ryan Benke made all seven of his PATs and was named special-teamer of the week.

The Jimmies finished 3-7 overall and 3-1 in the NSAA, earning a share of the conference title.

Sun Sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by email at

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