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Depth was key for the Blue Jay swimmers and divers in a dual win over Williston on Friday night. Jamestown swept the relays and got a double from Jonas Flann in a 108-75 home victory over Williston. "It was a good matchup. Our team has a little more depth than Williston, but I thought both teams competed really well," said JHS coach Ben Smith. "Winning all three relays was a nice surprise." The Blue Jays also added five more state-qualifying swims.
The light's were still on at the Jamestown Civic Center late Friday night despite the best efforts of the Jimmies. In a school-record performance, the University of Jamestown men's basketball team made 21 3-pointers in a light's-out shooting performance. It came at the right time for the rising Jimmies, who rolled past Waldorf University in a statement 90-67 victory.
While it's factually accurate, it's probably pointless to continue pointing out that the University of Jamestown hockey team is only one year old. Again Thursday night, the Jimmies showed they're among the top teams at the ACHA Division I level with a 3-2 victory over sixth-ranked Arizona State at Wilson Arena. It was the fourth straight win over a top 12 team for the Jimmies, surprising no one anymore.
If strength of schedule mattered in Class B basketball, New Rockford-Sheyenne would have it covered in spades. The Rockets, owners of an 8-4 record, have survived a meat grinder of a schedule. In the newest top 10 poll released on Monday, the Rockets have played No. 1 Four Winds-Minnewaukan (10-1), No. 3 Northern Cass (9-1), No. 4 Thompson (10-2), No. 5 Carrington (11-0) and No. 7 St. John (11-0). Coach Tyler Cook's Rockets are the only team to beat Northern Cass. They lost to the other top-ranked teams, but are hoping it pays dividends in the end.
The University of Jamestown baseball team is picked second in the North Star Athletic Association preseason coaches' poll. Bellevue (Neb.), which finished third at the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho last season, is the only team ahead of the Jimmies in the poll. The Bruins are ranked No. 3 in the preseason NAIA top 25, while the Jimmies are ranked 16th.
Matt Young continued his winning ways for the University of Jamestown track and field meet. Young swept the mile and 3,000-meters at the St. Thomas Showcase in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday night. It wa the second indoor outing of the season for the Jimmies. Young ran a lifetime best of 4:26.36 to hold off a herd of St. Thomas runners. The Tommies are among the top teams perennially in NCAA Division III. "It's the best I've actually seen him race," said UJ men's track coach Ed Crawford. "It was a pretty good field. He beat some solid kids."
The University of Jamestown basketball teams split in Madison, S.D., on Friday night. It was another rout for the Jimmie women, while the UJ men rallied in the second half, but fell short. The Jimmies are back at it today on the road against Mayville State. UJ 91, DaSU 60 The Jimmie women's domination of the North Star continued. Winning by an average of 30 points in conference games, the 13th-ranked Jimmies beat Dakota State 91-60. The Jimmies scored 54 second-half points in moving to 9-0 in the NSAA and 14-4 overall.
Looking for an easy win? The West Region in boys basketball is not the place to be. The Blue Jays, young and undersized, put up a fight against another conference heavyweight on Tuesday night, falling to tall, seasoned and talented Bismarck Century 58-46 at Jerry Meyer Arena. The Patriots, ranked No. 4 in Class A, are one of three teams from the West in the top five in the state. "There's no off night," JHS coach Luke Anderson said of life in the West. "On any given night, if you have a poor effort, it's an L."
Dillon Kifer, the lone senior in the University of Jamestown starting lineup, likes what he sees from his young teammates. The seasoned 141-pounder from Little Falls, Minn., posted the first of four pins with a dazzling move Wednesday night as the Jimmies routed Northland Community & Technical College 47-6 at the Hansen Center. "For as young as we are, you can definitely see the potential our team has and where we can go," Kifer said. "We're really coming together as a team, not just a bunch of individuals."
Dickinson State continues on the heels of the Jimmies in the North Star Athletic Association women's basketball race. The 24th-ranked Blue Hawks knocked off Valley City State inside the Bubble on Monday night 68-64. Dickinson State improved to 7-1 in the NSAA with the win. The Jimmies, ranked 13th in the NAIA top 25 poll, are unbeaten in league play at 8-0 and have won 29 straight against NSAA opponents. The Blue Hawks, trailing 52-46 after three quarters, outscored the Vikings 22-12 over the final 10 minutes to rally for the win.