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I will spare you, and myself, a Super Bowl prediction column this year. Since the likeability factor of these two teams is only slightly greater than Ebola, I don't care who wins. Between Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and his disdain for all things life, it seems, and the New England Patriots organizational arrogance -- and unauthorized use of Nerf footballs -- these are two extremely unlikable teams. And, since it's the postseason, and not the regular season, the game can't end in a tie.
With a national ranking, and winning streak dating back before Thanksgiving, the University of Jamestown carries a big bull's-eye on its back. Wednesday night, Dickinson State nearly knocked it off, but the 24th-ranked Jimmies found a way to survive. Jamestown outscored the Blue Hawks 10-5 in overtime for a hard-fought 79-74 win at the Civic Center. "That was intense. Really a battle right down to the end," UJ star Brequan Tucker said. "Dickinson played tough. You have to give them credit.
Few teams bring an all-conference player off the bench. The University of Jamestown does and it's one of the reasons the Jimmies are ranked 12th in the NAIA. Forced to a reduced role due to lingering knee issues, Jordan Bridges continued to round into form in the Jimmies' 71-45 win over Dickinson State on Wednesday night at the Civic Center. Bridges, a 6-foot-1 senior, scored 12 points and grabbed six boards in just over 12 minutes of action as the Jimmies remained unbeaten in North Star Athletic Association play, while handing the Blue Hawks (2-1, 8-12) their first league loss in three g
Cody Lutman didn't just break a school record on Tuesday night, the Jamestown junior diver shattered it. Lutman took down one of the school's oldest records, posting a six-dive total of 255.80 points, beating the old mark of 239.35 -- held by Daniel Haas -- dating back to 2004. "He was flawless," JHS coach Ben Smith said. "He executed his dives beautifully.
Winning streak? What winning streak? That's essentially the approach University of Jamestown men's basketball coach Alan Magnani and his team have taken to its sizzling two-plus month stretch. And, it's working, so why change anything now. The Jimmies, ranked 25th in the NAIA, extended the streak to 10 games with a 65-46 win on Saturday night at Mayville State. "We don't talk about that at all," Magani said Sunday night of his team's 10th straight victory. "That's something everybody else can talk about.
The last time the Jimmie women left Mayville it was with the bitter taste of a conference-championship game loss. Saturday's trip home had a much more savory taste. The University of Jamestown, ranked 13th in the NAIA, took down No. 23 Mayville State 76-63 for a key North Star Athletic Association road victory. "That loss still stings. Our returners remember that one very clearly and we told our freshmen, since they're part of the family now so it hurts for them too," Ulland said.
The Jamestown High School swimming and diving team put in a hard day's work on Thursday. After a morning practice, the Blue Jays went out in the evening and won four events and had four swimmers punch tickets to state. Bismarck Century, one of the top teams in the state, won the dual 122-63, but JHS coach Ben Smith found plenty of positives. "It was a good day for the Blue Jays," he said.
Sam Johnson said he was nervous -- really nervous -- heading into his first conference game for the Jimmies. It did not show ... at all. The freshman from Mora,...
Jimmie women rally to defeat VCSU.
Conference play gets underway for the Jimmies tonight against VCSU.