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Cayden Hare continued a recent trend among Jamestown High School swimmers recently. Hare signed with Morningside College, earning a scholarship from the Sioux City, Iowa-based school. In doing so, he became the fifth former Blue Jay to continue his career at the collegiate level.
There's no doubt about who the leader is on the offensive side of the football for the Jimmies. Quarterback Dylan Klatt has had an impressive first week of fall camp, said University of Jamestown head coach Josh Kittell. And Kittell knows quarterbacks. He still holds a number of quarterbacking records from his time under center for the Jimmies. "We feel great about our quarterback," Kittell said. "He's doing some really special things. He's going to be a big-time player. There's no question he's the leader on the offensive side of the ball."
It won't be long now and the Canada geese will begin flying over our house in early morning, going from their night resting spots to the fields to feed. I will watch them and swing on them with an imaginary 10 gauge, a gun I sold to a relative last year, and remember days when I huddled near decoys and "talked" to the great birds with my goose calls.
When it comes to amateur baseball in Jamestown, and North Dakota for that matter, the Elks and the Merchants have been the two big dogs. Knocking either off their perch isn't likely to happen anytime soon, but another Jamestown team is on the rise.
Siri Jystad has been a staple on the Jamestown volleyball scene for several years. But after a standout career for the Blue Jays, and a growing resume with the Jimmies, Jystad is down to her final season. "It really feels like yesterday I was getting ready for Blue Jay preseason. It really does fly by," she said. "When I was a freshman, you kinda think, well, I got four more years, but now I don't, this is it."
The University of Jamestown football team is picked fourth in the North Star Athletic Association preseason coaches' poll. The Jimmies, who went 3-3 in the conference last season and 4-6 overall, began practice on Friday. Their first game is set for Thursday, Aug. 25 at Valley City State at 7 p.m. The Jimmies' first home game is Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. against Concordia College of Moorhead.
Facing Roger Clemens was likely not in the realm of possibility for Jordan Padilla when his summer baseball season began. Turns out, that could happen this week in Wichita, Kan. Padilla and 10 other current or former University of Jamestown baseball players are playing for the Northwest Honkers in the National Baseball Congress World Series this week. Padilla and the Honkers are 2-0 in pool play at the NBC World Series and have already secured a spot in the playoffs, which begin later this week.
Jamestown amateur baseball stars of past and present and possibly future all played a part in a Class A crown for the Tarno Townies. Danny White, former Blue Jay and...
Amateur baseball teams continue to pop up across the state, unfortunately that will not be reflected in the Class A and AA state tournaments the next two weekends. Just four teams each are registered to play in the Class A and AA tournaments, however the Class AAA tournament is strong this year with a six-team field, which begins Friday, Aug. 19. First up though is the Class A tournament, which begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at Jack Brown Stadium. The first weekend in August is always a tough draw against other summer sports and country music.
With a solid returning core, there are not major question marks as the University of Jamestown football team opens practice tomorrow. With 13 projected returning starters—six on offense, seven on defense—there are jobs to be had, but also a solid foundation to build on. "We've had a really good summer," said first-year head coach Josh Kittell. "We had a lot of players stick around over the summer and they have belief in what we're doing."