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Jon Purintun became the 30th player to reach 1,000 career points for University of Jamestown men's basketball on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Valley City. But the senior guard from Linton, N.D., is just happy the Jimmies were able to come away victorious on the road. Purintun scored a game-high 32 points as the Jimmies rolled 83-75 over rival Valley City State University at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
Julina Niemeier never set out to be the best libero in Great Plains Athletic Conference women's volleyball. But a funny thing happens to athletes who truly dedicate themselves to their team. They win awards. Big, shiny ones. Niemeier was announced as the GPAC libero of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The University of Jamestown senior and former Jamestown High School standout was also named to the GPAC all-conference first team, as selected by league coaches.
Kennedy Conzemius said 24th-ranked University of Jamestown women's volleyball didn't worry about what it couldn't control at team practices last week. The Jimmies, virtually a lock to earn one of 10 at-large bids to the NAIA women's volleyball national tournament, had been preparing for an unnamed opponent since Nov. 3. That opponent was given a name Monday.
Every good basketball program has a player like University of Jamestown's Colton Lund. He's not the guy who's there for the minutes, points or newspaper press. He's the guy lifting weights on off days and pushing the team's five starters in practice. He's also the guy who plays his senior season having scored 10 points his junior year because he loves the game of basketball.
Anthony Vereen stood proudly on the sideline in the third quarter Saturday, Nov. 10, at Rollie Greeno Field with the Jimmies in a two-score battle with the nation's No. 1-ranked football team. The offensive lineman from Las Vegas, Nev., had just watched his University of Jamestown teammate Aundre Purnell intercept Morningside's Trent Solsma and return the football 44 yards for a touchdown, bringing the Jimmies to within 21-7 with 12 minutes, 49 seconds left to play before the fourth quarter.
University of Jamestown women's basketball came out and hit shots Saturday against Doane University (Neb.) at Harold Newman Arena. Junior wing Paige Schmidt buried 3 of 3 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first period, and sophomore point guard Mya Buffetta made 2 of 2 from the long range in second, sparking the 16th-ranked Jimmies to a convincing 67-36 victory over the Tigers. Jamestown improved to 5-1 and 2-0 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play.
University of Jamestown's college football season comes to a close Saturday afternoon hosting top-ranked Morningside (Iowa) at Rollie Greeno Field. As crazy as it might sound, the Jimmies (3-7) could have something for the Mustangs (10-0) starting at noon. Jamestown turned a complete 180 degrees on Nov. 3 in Hastings, Neb., en route to a 41-39 victory over the Hastings College Broncos and Great Plains Athletic Conference offensive player of the week honors for quarterback Jordan Mann.
LAMOURE, N.D.—Oakes High School lived up to its destructive choice in mascot—the Tornadoes—in the championship match of the North Dakota Class B Region 3 volleyball tournament on Thursday. The Tornadoes thrashed their way past Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter with a 3-0 sweep of the Imperials, punching Oakes' first trip to the Class B volleyball state tournament in 13 years. Oakes rolled to the Region 3 crown: 25-13, 25-19, 25-17.
University of Jamestown men's basketball lost Wednesday night at Harold Newman Arena, but the orange and black earned a ton of respect. Tied with 10th-ranked Briar Cliff with less than 6 minutes to play, the Chargers put the ball into the hands of its All-American: senior guard Erich Erdman. Erdman nailed a 3-pointer and scored five straight points to break an 82-all tie, and Briar Cliff hung on to beat the Jimmies 104-98. Both teams were undefeated and averaging over 100 points per game offensively entering the opening night of Great Plains Athletic Conference play.
LAMOURE, N.D.—Nicole Schmitz and the Oakes Tornadoes are one match away from all the hard work paying off. The junior outside hitter tallied 15 kills Tuesday against Linton-HMB in the semifinals of the Region 3 volleyball tournament. Oakes swept the Lions 3-0 and will play Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter in Thursday's championship at 6:30 p.m. "You just imagine playing in that atmosphere with all those people watching you waiting to get to state," Schmitz said. "It feels amazing."