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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."
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...
Not long after a convincing win over the University of Utah, Dean Stork had already turned the page to the next game. Four different players scored for the University of Jamestown on Friday night in a 4-1 victory at Wilson Arena, but Stork's was already focused on game 2. "Hopefully we learned from last week and that nobody comes into our barn and splits," Stork said. "We gotta sweep the series." The Jimmies improved to 2-1 on the season with their only loss in a shootout to Midland (Nebraska) one week ago.
No. 4 Bismarck rolled to its fifth win of the season Friday night, beating Jamestown 56-6 at the Bowl. The Demons (5-1) scored 42 first-half points, including four touchdowns in the second quarter. Bismarck had three touchdowns of 20 yards or longer in the second quarter, including 24 and 29-yard runs by backup tailback Jalen Sprecher. The Blue Jays started the game with a promising drive, getting to midfield on a 14-yard run by Jared Harr. But the drive was stunted and they were forced to punt.
Clutch play in key situations has the Jamestown High School tennis team headed back to the state tennis tournament. The Blue Jays edged Mandan 3-2 in a state-qualifying match at the West Region tournament on Thursday at Hammond Park in Minot. Earlier in the day, Jamestown nipped Bismarck Century 3-2. "There were some really tense moments today and the guys were able to come through," JHS coach Jordan Koushkouski said. "Each player can only contribute one point in each match, so it has to be a team effort and that's what our guys did."
Despite a rough month, Jacob Ament and his teammates are not down in the dumps. For Ament, a senior on the Jamestown High School football team, he's just happy to be healthy enough to be back on the field. Persistent knee problems prevented the Blue Jays' starting cornerback from playing football the last two seasons. A little adversity is not about to dampen his spirits. "It's just great to be out here with the team again," Ament said. "We're still working hard everyday. It's hard because we want to win, but we're going to keep trying to improve as much as we can."