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Jimmies honored

Mark Hoge (right) has been named the North Star Athletic Association’s player of the week. (John M. Steiner The Sun)

Four wins for the Jimmie basketball teams last week resulted in a sweep of the conference’s weekly awards.

And in both cases, it was a slam dunk.

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Mark Hoge and Jordan Bridges were named the North Star Athletic Association’s players of the week.

Hoge had 43 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists in helping the Jimmies beat Dakota State and Mayville State to extend their winning streak to eight games.

It was more of the same for the All-American Hoge, who is averaging 17.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in his senior season for the Jimmies.

At 5-0, the Jimmies head into Wednesday night’s home game against Presentation College with a one-game lead over Valley City State.

Jordan Bridges averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.2 steals in helping the fourth-ranked Jimmie women to a pair of wins, including a 78-70 victory at No. 13 Mayville State on Saturday.

The Jimmies and Comets are both 4-1 in conference play. The Jimmies are 22-2 overall and have a legitimate shot at earning one of the four No. 1 seeds in the national tournament next month in Sioux City, Iowa.

Bridges, a 6-fooot-2 junior from Farmington, Minn., continues to raise her level of play. She’s averaging 10.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per contest.

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The Jimmie volleyball teamed has signed a pair of front row players and a defensive specialist.

Dacey Fuller from Ellendale had 513 assists, 388 digs and 101 aces last season for the Cardinals. The daughter of Jay and Kim Fuller, she’s also active in basketball, track, golf, National Honor Society, student council, SADD, yearbook, choir, Acalympics, HOBY and FCCLA. She plans to study exercise science.

“Dacey is an accomplished multi-sport athlete and a great competitor and teammate,” Jimmie coach Jon Hegerle said. “More importantly, Dacey is an outstanding student with great work ethic. There is no doubt she will make an immediate impact on our program.”

Sierra Davies, a middle blocker from Custer, S.D., is joining the Jimmies. She is an all-conference pick.

“Sierra has a tremendous attitude and has whole-heartedly committed to being a Jimmie,” Hegerle said. “From working with Sierra at Jimmie Camp to seeing her at our matches in the Black Hills, she has demonstrated that she is already a Jimmie.”

The daughter of Bill and Michelle Davies, she plans to study nursing.

Veldman, a middle hitter from Prior Lake, Minn., totaled 138 kills and 48 blocks her senior season, earning honorable mention and AAU All-American honors.

“We are excited to have a student-athlete of Hannah’s caliber join our program,” Hegerle said. “Hannah’s experience playing at Prior Lake High School and in the Northern Lights Volleyball Club gives her a strong competitive and technical foundation. She is an outstanding student and teammate and will bring a strong work ethic and understanding of what it takes to compete at a high level.”

The daughter of Bruce and Christine Veldman, she plans to study nursing.

The Jimmies went 26-8 last season, including goin a perfect 9-0 in North Star Athletic Association games. The program has won at least 20 games every season since 2006.

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Former Jimmie track and field standout Sarah Skipper won the pentathlon at the Westmont College Sunshine Open on Saturday in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Skipper, a 2011 graduate, posted a total of 3,510 points in the meet. She had marks of 9.41 in the 60-meter hurdles, 34-0 in the shot put, 5-5.75 in the high jump, 16-8 in the long jump and ran the 800 in 2:26.90.

Skipper was competing against a combination of collegiate and unattached athletes. Her career best score for the Jimmies was 3,644 points.

Skipper is currently training with the Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation on the campus of Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She has been training at the facility since November.

Skipper placed second in the pentathlon at the NAIA national meet in 2011.

— Information courtesy                         of Jim Clark

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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