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Connor Doppler has earned another trip to nationals in the marathon. The University of Jamestown senior from Anoka, Minn., placed 136th out of 5,642 runners at the California International Marathon in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday. Doppler's time of 2 hours, 44 minutes and 26 seconds in the 26.2-mile race was a career-best effort. "Connor ran a really good race," said UJ men's track and field coach Ed Crawford. "To qualify for nationals three times is a really good accomplishment.
The Jimmies were in position to stretch it out late Monday night in Moorhead. But instead, they had to sweat it out. The 10th-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball team led by eight with 90 seconds to go, but Concordia College nearly came all the way back only to miss a chance to win or tie at the free throw line as the Jimmies prevailed, 65-64. "I'm proud of the kids for persevering through, but we did make it a lot harder on ourselves than it needed to be," UJ head coach Greg Ulland said.
Danny Neville told his team he'll keep sporting the stylish suits if they keep winning. Neville busted out a fashionably yellow sport coat Friday night and his team responded with 102 points. The offensive output had something to do with the opponent too—1-10 Oak Hills Christian College of Bemidji, Minn.—but regardless, the Jimmies did not mess around in their first home game in nearly a month. "I got like 8-10 of these suits," Neville said.
When the first NAIA regular season poll is released on Tuesday, the University of Jamestown has earned a spot in the top 25. The Jimmies notched another quality road win...
The University of Jamestown had little trouble with Governor State on Friday night in Forest City, Iowa, but the news was not all good. The sixth-ranked Jimmies scored 29 first-quarter points and rolled past the Jaguars 94-46. However, sophomore point guard Bryn Woodside suffered an ankle injury that required X-rays after the game. Details were not available at press time, but Woodside will not play today against Waldorf College, coach Greg Ulland said. "She went up for a layup and landed on somebody," said a concerned Ulland.
Jon Purintun's breakout game keyed another big win for the Jimmies. The freshman from Linton scored 13 points to help the University of Jamestown defeat 19th-ranked Midland University on its home floor in Fremont, Neb., 74-65 Friday night. It was the third win this season for the Jimmies against a team ranked in the NAIA top 25 poll. The Jimmies are receiving votes in the rankings. Purintun's three-point play with less than two minutes left put the Jimmies (6-3) ahead 66-61. "He's been practicing really, really well lately," UJ head coach Danny Neville said of Purintun.
Some day, Jarelle Miller may be one of the most intimidating police officers walking the beat. Of course, those that know the All-American linebacker at the University of Jamestown, are well aware of his good-natured spirit. Coaching is in the future plans of Wes Worthen, a two-time all-conference defensive back for the Jimmies. However, both hope there's still more football to play. Miller, Worthen and fellow senior Mike Sena will test their skills against other top small-college football players over the next couple of months. Miller and Worthen will play in the FCS Bowl in Miami, Fla
A 500-mile haul resulted in the first conference win of the season for the Jimmie men's basketball team. Four players scored in double figures for the University of Jamestown in a 63-61 win over Viterbo University of La Crosse, Wis. The game counted in the North Star Athletic Association standings. "I played there when I was in college and no matter how good you are, and no matter how good they may or may not be, it's always, always, always a tough place to play," UJ coach Danny Neville said. "(Viterbo) plays hard.
If the University of Jamestown has had a volleyball match the last four years, Alaina Brown and Kaia Buck have been involved — very involved. In fact, of the 133 matches the Jimmies have played the past four seasons, Brown and Buck have started every single one of them. It's rare for freshmen to come in and play right away in weak programs. Rarer still is for it to happen at strong ones. But Brown and Buck have done it and excelled from start to finish. "They epitomize what being a Jimmie athlete is all about," said UJ head coach Jon Hegerle.
Fourteen played and 12 scored for the Jimmies Tuesday night in an 80-68 exhibition win over NCAA Division II Minnesota-Crookston at the Jamestown Civic Center. The win does not count for the University of Jamestown in the win-loss column. Coach Danny Neville still was lamenting his team's performance on Sunday when Northwestern College hung 109 points on the board. "How do you hold No. 19 (Midland) to 69, No. 13 (Dordt) to 73 and Crookston to 68, but give up 109? We just weren't ready to play," Neville said. "Our effort was better tonight.