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The new dugouts at Jack Brown Stadium are nearly done. In baseball terms, fundraising efforts are in the bottom of the ninth. Originally pegged to cost about $250,000, the final number has turned into a bit of a moving target. Jeff Gould, lead organizer and fundraiser of the project, is determined to hit the mark, which likely will come in at about $300,000. Tax-deductible donations can still be made. They can be sent to Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department, c/o Bonnie Ukestad, 1002 Second Ave. SE, Jamestown, N.D., 58401. In the memo line include: Dugouts.
It's been a roller coaster start to the season for the University of Jamestown softball team. The Jimmies appear to back on an upward trajectory after winning the final five games on a six-game road trip to Kansas and South Dakota, including a sweep of Mount Marty College on Monday in Yankton, S.D. After winning the first game 7-5, the Jimmies rolled 13-1 in five innings in the finale before the five-hour ride back home. The sweep came one day after UJ blanked No. 9-ranked Morningside (Iowa) thanks to another stellar pitching performance by senior ace Hanna Dunnigan.
Strong starting pitching carried the University of Jamestown baseball team to a 2-1 weekend mark in Lincoln, Nebraska. Brad Bennett, Chase Thometz and Logan Lund combined to allow just one run in 19 2/3 innings, but a 1-0 loss to Concordia (Neb.) on Saturday kept the Jimmies from the sweep. "Obviously, we would've have liked to have won all four games, but I was really proud of the type of baseball my team played this weekend," UJ head coach Tom Hager said. "I feel really good about the direction we're headed in."
University of Jamestown ace Jerome Byndloss didn't need much run support on Friday, but he got a bunch. Scooter Turin hit two home runs and Kory Wolden had four hits as the Jimmies cruised to a 12-2 win over Concordia University in Seward, Neb. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Jamestown, which used 15 players in the victory. "It was a really nice team effort," UJ head coach Tom Hager said. "We had a lot of guys contribute. It was a good day for Jimmie baseball. Hopefully we can continue to play at a high level the next two days."
Annie Nelson started the spring half of the NAIA college golf season fast. The University of Jamestown junior from Bismarck carded an opening-round 79 at the Ottawa Spring Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., on Monday. Nelson holds a one-shot lead over two golfers going into today's final round. Thanks to Nelson's strong start, the Jimmies (348) are also in contention for the team title, trailing leader Des Moines Community College (345) by only three strokes. Park University (Kan.) is second at 347.
Nobody can accuse Josh Kittell of ducking and weaving. With two solid non-conference opponents already booked—Hastings, Neb., and Dakota Wesleyan, S.D.—the University of Jamestown head football coach has taken it up another notch in degree of difficulty. The Jimmies will host defending NAIA national champion University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Rollie Greeno Field. "We had an opening and they had an opening, we were both looking for a game," Kittell said. "They wanted to come up here, so it worked out.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA—Each year during the last time I interview Greg Ulland, I always ask about his senior class. Actually, that's not entirely accurate. I don't have to ask the University of Jamestown women's basketball coach much of anything. I say, "What'd you think, Boss?" He sums up the entire game in one answer. Greg is as good at talking as he is at winning basketball games. Considering his record at his alma is 184-41, clearly the man has the gift of (intelligent) gab, too. But back to those seniors.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA—Concordia brings the heat for 40 minutes. The pressure did not break the University of Jamestown women's basketball team, but a shaky first half proved too much to overcome. The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs defeated the 10th-ranked Jimmies 74-59 in quarterfinal action of the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday. It was the second Elite 8 appearance in the last three years for the Jimmies, who finished the season with a 27-6 record.
Concordia brings the heat for 40 minutes. The pressure never cooked the University of Jamestown women’s basketball team, but a shaky first half proved too much to overcome for the Jimmies. The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs held off the Jimmies 74-59 in quarterfinal action of the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday. It was the second Elite 8 appearance in the last three years for the Jimmies, who finished the season with a banner 27-6 record.
For the second time in three years, the Jimmies are in rarified air. Today's national tournament quarterfinal game at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa, pits the No. 10 team (Jamestown) against No. 2-ranked Concordia, Neb. Starting in 2018, the two will be conference-mates in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. But first things first, today's winner gets a spot in the Final 4. After Friday's 80-67 win over No. 6-ranked Davenport (Mich.), nobody is satisfied.