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US Bank Stadium was a pitcher's haven for the University of Jamestown baseball team over the weekend. The Jimmies allowed just two runs in 28 innings in sweeping Concordia College and Augsburg College at the Minnesota Vikings $1 billion stadium. Combined with their 6-1 record in the fall, the Jimmies are now 10-1 overall after their memorable Minneapolis trip. "It was a very enjoyable experience for our players and coaches," UJ head coach Tom Hager said. "It's an incredible facility. We had a great time. Our guys were like kids in a candy store."
On Oscar night, an end of an era in Jamestown came to a Hollywood-kind of ending for the home team. In what likely was the final college basketball game at the Jamestown Civic Center, the Jimmies defeated their longtime rival for their third straight conference championship, and a hometown girl (Kyra Dewald) was named conference MVP.
Dakota State snapped the Jimmies' seven-game winning streak on Sunday at the Presentation College Dome in Aberdeen, S.D. After the University of Jamestown women's softball team allowed just one run in its first three games of the weekend, the Trojans edged the Jimmies 6-4 in the finale. All four game counted in the North Star Athletic Association. The Jimmies are 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the league.
Rachel Schiele finished her season on a historic note. The Jamestown High School eighth-grader won the balance beam at the state gymnastics meet on Saturday in Dickinson. Schiele's state championship is the first by a JHS gymnast since 1972. "That was the year I graduated from high school, so I know it's been a long time," JHS coach Dave Tews of Schiele's title. "She was the fifth or six kid up and her score was very legit. She really nailed her routine.
Check that one off the list. With its stellar debut season winding down, the University of Jamestown hockey team defeated No. 1 Minot State 4-1 at Wilson Arena on Friday night. The Jimmies had taken down several ACHA Division I Goliaths in year 1, but beating the Beavers had eluded them until Friday night. "We've lost to these guys a few times this year, so to finally beat them feels pretty good," said forward Allan Pruss. "It's kinda unfortunate we can't go to nationals, but with this win it proves we can compete with the best.
The University of Jamestown women's basketball team wanted to play Valley City State in the North Star Athletic Association championship game. The 11th-ranked Jimmies will get their wish. After the Vikings knocked off 21st-ranked Dickinson State 71-67 on the road Friday, UJ took care of Mayville State in a late night addition of the North Star Athletic Association tournament.
Jamestown High School placed fourth at the state gymnastics team meet on Friday night in Dickinson. The Blue Jays turned in a strong score of 142.317 to rank among their top tallies of the season. The Blue Jays finished just a fraction behind third-place Valley City. The Hi-Liners scored 142.316 to squeak out third. Dickinson repeated as team titlists with a score of 145.873 points. Bismarck also turned in a stellar performance with a 145-flat.
The University of Jamestown women’s basketball team wanted to play Valley City State in the North Star Athletic Association championship game. The 11th-ranked Jimmies will get their wish. After the Vikings knocked off 21st-ranked Dickinson State 71-67 on the road Friday, UJ took care of Mayville State in a late night addition of the North Star Athletic Association tournament. In a game that started at 9:10 p.m., the Jimmies defeated Mayville State 69-54 at the Jamestown Civic Center. The game started after the completion of the District 5 boys basketball tournament.
The three seniors on the University of Jamestown basketball team are determined not to see their careers die. At this rate, Logan Brown, Jake Hagler and Jacob Havron's hoop dreams might live forever. The three UJ seniors combined for 61 points, 17 assists, 17 rebounds, six steals and a blocked shot in the Jimmies' 95-87 win over Valley City State in the quarterfinals of the North Star Athletic Association tournament on Thursday.
There is no defense in gymnastics. An obvious fact, but one worth noting heading into this weekend's state meet in Dickinson. Jamestown has been among the top three or four teams all season, but when it comes to pushing the top squads, there's little the Blue Jays can do if Bismarck, Dickinson or Minot go big. "We've been in that 140 range, maybe a little more here and there all season and there's nothing wrong with that," said JHS coach Dave Tews said. "For us to jump up to that 143-range would be pretty tough, but I guess stranger things have happened."