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Turnovers, and lots of them, were too much to overcome for the University of Jamestown football team on Saturday. The Jimmies, who came into the game minus-1 in the takeaway/giveaway category on the season, turned it over a whopping eight times in a 34-25 loss to Presentation College at Rollie Greeno Field.
Compared to this time last season, Ron Wingenbach likes where his team is at. The defending Class AAA champions looked like a well-oiled machine Friday night in a 44-0 win over Jamestown at Ernie Gates Field. The third-ranked Patriots led 35-0 at halftime and appear poised for another deep postseason run.
The first five games of the schedule were a gauntlet for the University of Jamestown football team. Last week, the Jimmies got a breather and the break came at a good time.
As the Carson Wentz phenomenon continues to sweep across the country, Ron Wingenbach is enjoying the ride just like everybody else. Wingenbach, Wentz's high school football coach at Bismarck Century, said the ripples the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is making are continuing to be felt back in his hometown. "We just had two reporters here this week from Philadelphia," Wingenbach said. "It's been amazing what he's doing and to think he has pretty deep roots here still at Century is pretty special."
Leaving Aberdeen just days before his sophomore year in high school started was a tough pill to swallow for Eric DeBoer. It didn't take long to settle into Jamestown, though. The reason? Tennis. "It was tough. I really didn't want to move," DeBoer said. "Tennis was where I was able to meet people and I made a lot of friends pretty fast." Making the 100-mile move up highway 281 has worked out quite well for DeBoer, who last Saturday became the first Jamestown High School tennis player to win a region championship.
Fall ball ended in typical fashion for the University of Jamestown baseball team on Sunday in Canada. The Jimmies swept the University of Winnipeg in their final two games to finish the fall 6-1. "We're pleased with the start of the season. We still need to continue to get better and learn more about our team, but so far so good," said UJ head baseball coach Tom Hager. "There's no question we've got talent in this program right now. We're excited about the potential of our team." The Jimmies defeated Winnipeg 10-2 and 5-3 on Sunday.
Things continue to come together nicely, and quickly, for the University of Jamestown hockey team. The Jimmies dominated early and held on late to beat the University of Utah 2-1 Saturday night at Wilson Arena to finish off a weekend sweep. Now 3-1, the early success for the first-year program is becoming less surprising.
Eric DeBoer turned a good weekend for the Jamestown High School tennis team into a great one on Saturday. DeBoer, a senior for the Blue Jays, won the West Region singles championship at Hammond Park in Minot. It's believed to be the first individual singles title ever for a JHS tennis player. "Eric was playing great all day," JHS coach Jordan Koushkouski said. "To win that tournament is a great accomplishment." It was no fluke either. In the championship match, DeBoer routed Casey Beck of Bismarck Legacy 6-1, 6-2.
There wasn't any letdown for the University of Jamestown volleyball team on Saturday. After a marathon win over 18th-ranked Bellevue (Nebraska) on Friday night, the 22nd-ranked Jimmies turned around and took care of Dakota State 3-0 about 15 hours later. "Last night after the match we talked about last year how we had a similar situation where we had a big win over Dordt then came out the next day and were really flat against Dakota State," said UJ head coach Jon Hegerle said. "The girls were pretty determined to play with some fire today."
After a long layoff, the results were better for both University of Jamestown cross country teams in South Dakota on Saturday. Matt Young placed third at the SDSU Classic in Brookings to lead the Jimmie men, while the women came in second out of five teams. Young's 27:27.91 was behind only two South Dakota State alumni runners. "Matt ran a good, solid race," UJ men's coach Ed Crawford said. "Our two guys up front, Matt and Daniel Palmer, I was really impressed with them. Our 3-4-5 guys, need to run more aggressively. "But overall, it was not a bad race."