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Cody Christ is proving the best runners don't always come from running hotbeds in North Dakota. The Barnes County North High School graduate placed second at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. It's just the latest significant achievement for Christ, who is establishing himself as one of the top runners ever at NCAA Division II Minnesota State University Moorhead.
There was no letdown for the University of Jamestown volleyball team on Saturday. After competitive loss to 4th-ranked Viterbo (Wis.) on Friday, the 20th-ranked Jimmies put away Waldorf 3-0 in Forest City, Iowa. "I thought it was a really good team effort," UJ head coach Jon Hegerle said. "I thought today there might be a little danger of taking them lightly, but that was not the case. We came out with energy and set the tone right away." The Jimmies didn't let the Warriors over 18 in the first or last set, but had to prevail 30-28 in the second.
Home losses have been very rare for the University of Jamestown women's basketball team. It'd been nearly two years to the day since the Jimmies lost inside the Civic Center, but the 722-day streak, dating back to Nov. 1, 2014, ended on Sunday. The University of Winnipeg Wesmen pulled an early season upset in spoiling the season-opener for the Jimmies 83-78. "They're good. They're athletic and they're talented," UJ head coach Greg Ulland said. "You have to give them credit. They came in here and beat us."
When the Jimmies really needed a stop, the defense delivered—twice. Kaleb Garcia and Keith Rogers came up with fourth-quarter interceptions as the University of Jamestown outlasted Mayville State 20-13 on Saturday at Rollie Greeno Field. Neither team collected many style points, but the win snapped a five-game skid for the Jimmies. "This season hasn't went the way any of us wanted it to, but all we can do is keep fighting," Garcia said. "Obviously, we've hit kind of a rough streak the last few weeks, but today we were finally able to get a win."
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There wasn't any drama to Wednesday's announcement, but it was still welcome news for Jamestown High School football coach Bill Nelson. Next year, the Blue Jays will play Class AA football. The North Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors approved a new football alignment plan for the 2017-18 seasons at its meetings in Bismarck.
Big plays boosted Bismarck Legacy into the Class AAA playoffs. For Jamestown High School, those big plays ended its run in the state's highest level of prep football with a 37-0 loss at Ernie Gates Field. "I hate this night," JHS coach Bill Nelson said referring to the season's final game. "It's not how we wanted it to end, but we just didn't do enough when we needed to." Bismarck Legacy, ranked No. 5 in triple A, clinched its first postseason appearance and faces top-ranked West Fargo next week.
Motivation will not be lacking for Jamestown or Bismarck Legacy tonight as the regular season comes to an end, albeit for different reasons. The Blue Jays look to close out the campaign with an upset victory in what will be their final season as a Class AAA team. For Bismarck Legacy, ranked No. 5 in the latest poll, a win and they're into the triple A playoffs. "We have a lot to play for," said senior defensive back Brian Opsahl. "When it's your last game it kinda hits you and you want to go out on on top."