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University of Jamestown ace Jerome Byndloss didn't need much run support on Friday, but he got a bunch. Scooter Turin hit two home runs and Kory Wolden had four hits as the Jimmies cruised to a 12-2 win over Concordia University in Seward, Neb. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Jamestown, which used 15 players in the victory. "It was a really nice team effort," UJ head coach Tom Hager said. "We had a lot of guys contribute. It was a good day for Jimmie baseball. Hopefully we can continue to play at a high level the next two days."
Annie Nelson started the spring half of the NAIA college golf season fast. The University of Jamestown junior from Bismarck carded an opening-round 79 at the Ottawa Spring Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., on Monday. Nelson holds a one-shot lead over two golfers going into today's final round. Thanks to Nelson's strong start, the Jimmies (348) are also in contention for the team title, trailing leader Des Moines Community College (345) by only three strokes. Park University (Kan.) is second at 347.
Nobody can accuse Josh Kittell of ducking and weaving. With two solid non-conference opponents already booked—Hastings, Neb., and Dakota Wesleyan, S.D.—the University of Jamestown head football coach has taken it up another notch in degree of difficulty. The Jimmies will host defending NAIA national champion University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Rollie Greeno Field. "We had an opening and they had an opening, we were both looking for a game," Kittell said. "They wanted to come up here, so it worked out.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA—Each year during the last time I interview Greg Ulland, I always ask about his senior class. Actually, that's not entirely accurate. I don't have to ask the University of Jamestown women's basketball coach much of anything. I say, "What'd you think, Boss?" He sums up the entire game in one answer. Greg is as good at talking as he is at winning basketball games. Considering his record at his alma is 184-41, clearly the man has the gift of (intelligent) gab, too. But back to those seniors.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA—Concordia brings the heat for 40 minutes. The pressure did not break the University of Jamestown women's basketball team, but a shaky first half proved too much to overcome. The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs defeated the 10th-ranked Jimmies 74-59 in quarterfinal action of the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday. It was the second Elite 8 appearance in the last three years for the Jimmies, who finished the season with a 27-6 record.
Concordia brings the heat for 40 minutes. The pressure never cooked the University of Jamestown women’s basketball team, but a shaky first half proved too much to overcome for the Jimmies. The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs held off the Jimmies 74-59 in quarterfinal action of the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday. It was the second Elite 8 appearance in the last three years for the Jimmies, who finished the season with a banner 27-6 record.
For the second time in three years, the Jimmies are in rarified air. Today's national tournament quarterfinal game at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa, pits the No. 10 team (Jamestown) against No. 2-ranked Concordia, Neb. Starting in 2018, the two will be conference-mates in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. But first things first, today's winner gets a spot in the Final 4. After Friday's 80-67 win over No. 6-ranked Davenport (Mich.), nobody is satisfied.
Facing a forest of trees, Taylor Hammer had to take it up a notch. The University of Jamestown senior turned in one of the great performances in school history on Friday morning. Hammer poured in 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Jimmies rolled past the long, lanky and No. 6-ranked Davenport Panthers and into the Elite 8 at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. "Standing next to each other, (Alexis) Watts and I looked pretty undersized," Hammer said. "I told Watts, 'We gotta get in there. We gotta go beast mode.'" And beast mode she went.
For the second time in three years, the University of Jamestown women's basketball team is in the Elite 8 at nationals. The 11th-ranked Jimmies rolled past No. 6-ranked Davenport (Mich.) 80-67 in the Sweet 16 on Friday morning at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Taylor Hammer had a monster game. The senior from Grand Forks poured in 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. McKayla Orr, a JHS grad, added 16 points. The Jimmies (27-5) outscored Davenport (31-4) 52-37 in the second half.