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There wasn't any drama to Wednesday's announcement, but it was still welcome news for Jamestown High School football coach Bill Nelson. Next year, the Blue Jays will play Class AA football. The North Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors approved a new football alignment plan for the 2017-18 seasons at its meetings in Bismarck.
Big plays boosted Bismarck Legacy into the Class AAA playoffs. For Jamestown High School, those big plays ended its run in the state's highest level of prep football with a 37-0 loss at Ernie Gates Field. "I hate this night," JHS coach Bill Nelson said referring to the season's final game. "It's not how we wanted it to end, but we just didn't do enough when we needed to." Bismarck Legacy, ranked No. 5 in triple A, clinched its first postseason appearance and faces top-ranked West Fargo next week.
Motivation will not be lacking for Jamestown or Bismarck Legacy tonight as the regular season comes to an end, albeit for different reasons. The Blue Jays look to close out the campaign with an upset victory in what will be their final season as a Class AAA team. For Bismarck Legacy, ranked No. 5 in the latest poll, a win and they're into the triple A playoffs. "We have a lot to play for," said senior defensive back Brian Opsahl. "When it's your last game it kinda hits you and you want to go out on on top."
Picking the right five might be the toughest part of the job for Dean Kraft. The depth on the University of Jamestown men's golf team showed strong again in Parkville, Mo., on Tuesday, unfortunately it did not lead to a great team finish. Brook Bergh and Trent Hagenson had the top finishes for the Jimmies in a strong 13-team field at The Deuce of The National Golf Course of Kansas City. Bergh finished in a tie for sixth, highlighted by a career-best round of 70 on Tuesday, which was 15 strokes better than his Monday score.
Taylor Bradley and Maddy Mandan each scored two wins in Jamestown's swimming and diving dual against Fargo Davies on Tuesday. The Blue Jays had six wins in all, including a pair of relay victories. The Eagles won the dual 111-75. "We had some pretty good performances," said JHS coach Ben Smith. "We had personal-bests across the board in all the events." Bradley touched first in the 100 butterfly (1:04.91) and 100 breastroke (1:10.29), while Mandan earned wins in the 50 freestyle (26.62) and 100 free (57.37).
Tonight's game at Ernie Gates Field will be the final one for Jamestown at the state's highest level of high school football, at least for the foreseeable future. The North Dakota High School Board of Directors is expected to give final approval on a new four-class system today in Bismarck which will move Jamestown High School from Class AAA to a new 10-team Class AA division. The plan was initially proposed in January and the vote today is a mere formality.
Up 2-1 on the NAIA defending national champions, the Jimmies were unable to finish on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Columbia University (Mo.) rallied for a 3-2 win to send the University of Jamestown to a weekend split of four matches at the Grand View Tournament. The 19th-ranked Jimmies also went 1-1 on Friday. "We just felt like we let one get away from us," UJ coach Jon Hegerle said. "We battled, and we felt good about that, but we didn't feel good about the result."
Minot has won eight of the last 13 state championships in girls swimming and diving. But on Saturday, the Blue Jays beat 'em. Hosting the Majettes and Bismarck High, Jamestown totaled 790 points, 41 more than Minot, to win the three team meet in its home pool. "Minot's been a premier team the last many years, but their numbers have dropped a little bit," said JHS coach Ben Smith. "We needed to make sure we filled the lineup as best we could.
Heading into game 7 of the season, the Jimmies don't have the feel of a one-win team. There's been plenty of positives for the University of Jamestown, but the standings don't lie. Still, the Jimmies are taking a positive approach into another meatgrinder today against 14th-ranked Dickinson State at 2 p.m.
One shaky stretch cost the Jimmies a shot at beating a top 10 team on Friday. Tied 1-1, 19th-ranked University of Jamestown led No. 9 Grand View (Iowa) 24-22 in the third set, but the host team took five of the next six points to win the third game and then closed it out in the fourth, 25-18.