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Last week, I wrote a story about the University of Jamestown adding a club hockey team. Turns out, that was not entirely accurate, at least not yet. On Tuesday I received an email stating, "The University of Jamestown is currently in the exploratory stage of developing an ACHA Division I men's hockey club program. As a part of this process, the search for a coach has begun." I was tipped off about the potential hockey program when Jamestown Sun news writer Keith Norman discovered on an employment website the university advertising for a hockey coach.
Alex Kreis has been around. He knows how professional baseball works. Still, when the former Jamestown College standout pitcher was released by the Trois Rivieres Aigles—an independent minor league team in the Canadian-American Association—last week, it caught him off guard. Kreis had gotten off to a good start for the Quebec-based team, allowing just one earned run in his first 11 appearances out of the bullpen.
Kidder County missed the state high school baseball tournament by the slimmest of margins—a play at the plate. That near-miss led to plenty of motivation for the summer season and it's paying off. Kidder County owns a sparkling 25-5 overall record and has sealed the West Section No. 1 seed with an unbeaten 18-0 mark. After the stinging loss to Beulah in the Region 8 championship game, coach Ken Miller's squad has been sizzling all summer. "We knew we had a special team. We've definitely used how the high school season ended as motivation," the third-year coach said.
Bill Nelson has been hired as head football coach at Jamestown High School. Activities director Jim Roaldson said the decision was made Wednesday night. "Due to the timeline, and time of year, we did not get a ton of applicants and that was not a negative," Roaldson said. "What we had for an applicant pool was very good.
Fall ball will take on a new meaning for the University of Jamestown baseball team this year. On top of the busy fall Tom Hager typically runs his team through, the Jimmies will now play eight games that count toward their overall 2015-2016 record. The Jimmies will play five games in September and three more in October against North Star Athletic Association teams. The games will not count toward the NSAA conference standings, however. It will be the third fall NSAA teams have played games in the fall.
Adam White's stellar high school career did not end the way he had hoped. In fact, it was quite painful -- literally. The Ellendale big man, who scored nearly 1,800 points in his career, took a violent fall to the floor during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center in late February. The hard tumble resulted in a serious concussion and a cut over his left eye that required 10 stitches.
College hockey is coming to Jamestown. The University of Jamestown plans to add a club hockey team and begin play in the 2016-17 school year. The school is currently seeking applications for a coach. The team will play in the American College Hockey Association at the Division I level. Other ACHA Division I teams include Minot State and North Dakota State.
Josh Kittell is moving up in the college football coaching ranks. The University of Jamestown offensive coordinator has been hired as an assistant coach at NDSU. Kittell spent one season with the Jimmies.
The next head coach of the Blue Jay football team is expected to be announced this week. Jamestown High School athletic director Jim Roaldson said he hopes to have the search wrapped up soon. "There's a process that needs to take place and we're going through that now," Roaldson said.
Jamestown Post 14 secured one of its best wins of the season on Sunday at the Gopher Classic in St. Louis Park, Minn. Brian Wenzel worked three clean innings of relief as Jamestown beat Sioux Falls West 6-3 in the 8 a.m. opener. Sioux Falls is similar to Fargo Post 2 and the Bismarck Governors in that they draw players from multiple high schools—a traveling team, of sorts. "I was very happy with how we played against Sioux Falls," Post 14 coach Cory Anderson said. "The guys played really solid.