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Bryn Woodside has done a fine job so far carving out a name for herself in college basketball circles. The point guard from Albert Lea, Minn., made a big impact as a freshman for the University of Jamestown basketball team last season. Woodside's famous older brother Ben will go down as one of the best ever to play at North Dakota State. Bryn enjoyed watching her brother's career as much as anybody and never felt pressure to follow in her brother's footsteps. "I love being Ben's sister not only because it was amazing watching him play, but for the person he is," Bryn said.
Today will be a rare day off for Sierra Bennion, sort of. The Jamestown High School senior-to-be won the two-day state junior North Dakota Golf Association championships in Bismarck on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, Bennion tied for second at tournament in Alexandria, Minn., in a playoff. Friday, it was a junior PGA qualifier at the Fargo Country Club where she hoped to play better than last year when, "it didn't go very well." Poor rounds have been rare for Bennion this summer, though. The win at Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck earlier in the week netted her a $1,000 scholarship.
Putting points on the board was not a problem for the University of Jamestown men's basketball team last season. That was not the case for everybody, particularly at the top level of the college game. That's why last week the NCAA made more rule tweaks to try increase scoring. The most notable being dropping the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30. As is normally the case, the NAIA also embraced the change, meaning the Jimmies will have five fewer seconds to work with next season, but head coach Alan Magnani isn't too worried about it. "For us, it's not too much of a problem.
Women's college basketball games will have some cosmetic changes next season. How much it actually affects the game remains to be seen. The college women's game will feature four quarters instead of two halves in 2014-15. Greg Ulland said it's a change that shouldn't be too tough to deal with. "What is it going to do? How's it going to change things? That's a question nobody gave a smart answer to," joked the University of Jamestown women's basketball coach after discussing the topic with fellow coaches while recruiting in the Twin Cities last weekend.
Jamestown legion squad drops a doubleheader.
Jays grad Kadie Anderson has been awarded a $500 scholarship from the North Dakota High School Coaches Association and Burger King of North Dakota.
Before being told he was not cut out for basketball, Dave Bennett had no interest in wrestling. But a visit in the P.E. office with the basketball coach at Jamestown High School in 1959 began one of the most diverse and decorated wrestling careers ever. "That coach informed me that basketball was not going to work out very well for me and said I should look at (wrestling)," Bennett said. "I knew nothing about it.
Brian Wenzel will continue his baseball career in his hometown. The 2015 all-state performer for the Blue Jays has signed with the University of Jamestown. "We're very excited to add a local player and quality person like Brian to the Jimmie baseball program," Jimmie head coach Tom Hager said. Wenzel logged 59 1/3 innings on the mound in helping the Blue Jays reach the Class A state tournament last month. He posted a 4-3 record with a 1.23 earned run average. Offensively, Wenzel had a batting average of .324 and an on-base percentage of .483.
In the case of Jamestown High School soccer players Jacob Sherfy and Jesse Saxberg, the term "student-athlete" truly does apply. Many who follow the Blue Jays through the sports pages know Sherfy as an all-state soccer player and track and field athlete. Saxberg also was a key member of the JHS soccer team and this spring started in right field for the Blue Jay baseball team, which advanced to the state tournament. Sherfy and Saxberg shared the soccer pitch many times for the Blue Jays. Sherfy started regularly for five years, while Saxberg cracked the side as a freshman.
Low in numbers, the two Jamestown High School golfers playing in the state meet made a big impact on Tuesday. Austin Rene and Nick Stockert each shot 77s to finish in a six-way tie for seventh at Fargo's Edgewood Golf Course. It was a strong day for the two Blue Jays, who each shot two strokes under their season average on a cool, wet and windy day on a challenging course. "Both of them hung tough relative to the field and overall I thought played pretty well," said JHS coach Dean Kraft.