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Buffalo Lanes in Jamestown will be a bowling hot spot in the state for the next few weekends. The North Dakota Women's Bowling Association state tournament kicks off on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the opening ceremony. The tournament runs two weekends in March (11-12, 25-26) and two more in April (1-2, 8-9). The tournament draws an estimated 140, 4-person teams.
There were no first-round frustrations at nationals this year for the Jimmies. The University of Jamestown women's basketball team routed 23rd-ranked Oregon Tech 87-63 in Sioux City, Iowa in opening-round play of the NAIA national tournament on Wednesday. Up next for the Jimmies is No. 6 Davenport, Mich., on Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Sweet 16. There was a hint of payback for the 11th-ranked Jimmies, who were upset by Oregon Tech (24-9) in the first round last year.
Southern Oregon, ranked 12th in the NAIA, defeated Dickinson State 80-71 in the final game of the opening round of the NAIA national basketball tournament in Sioux City, Iowa on Wednesday night. Ashley Bentz-Laub poured in 28 points in a losing effort for the Blue Hawks. Lorna Shepherd added 25 points. Megan Klein pulled down 18 rebounds as the 21st-ranked Blue Hawks ended the season with a record of 23-8. Jamestown won its first-round game on Wednesday, beating Oregon Tech 87-63. The Jimmies play No. 6 Davenport, Mich. at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.
The University of Jamestown women's basketball team routed Oregon Tech 87-63 in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa on Wednesday. Oregon Tech upset the Jimmies last year in the opening round at nationals. The Jimmies play No. 6-ranked Davenport (30-3) of Michigan on Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Sweet 16. In the rematch between the two teams, it was all Jimmies, who scored 24 points in the first quarter and had 44 at halftime. Oregon Tech came into the game No. 2 in points allowed (55) in the country.
There's nothing routine about winning 25-plus games and going to nationals every year. But it's become standard operating procedure for the University of Jamestown women's basketball program under coach Greg Ulland. About all that has eluded the Jimmies is sustained success in Sioux City, Iowa, although 2015's run to the Elite 8 proves they can do that too. By any metric, this season already has been a success at 25-5 and another conference title, but Ulland and his players know they're judged against the best.
Chase Thometz and Kory Wolden helped the Jimmies snap a brief losing skid in the desert on Monday. Following a 4-1 loss Sunday to Concordia (Neb.) and 10-3 defeat to Dordt (Iowa) on Monday, Thometz fired a gem on the mound and Wolden had the decisive blow at the dish in a 5-1 victory over the Defenders in Tucson, Ariz. The University of Jamestown, ranked No. 16 in the NAIA top 25, is now 2-2 on the trip and 12-3 overall.
Shots were not dropping for the Blue Jays on Saturday at the Bismarck Events Center. The shooting struggles came on the wrong day for Jamestown High School, which fell 59-48 to Bismarck in a state-tournament qualifying game of the West Region tournament. The Blue Jays made just 13 of 48 shots, including three of 15 from 3-point land. "We just couldn't make a shot, unfortunately," JHS coach Andy Skunberg said. "The girls battled. We just couldn't get a few to go down in a row to make a run and put a little pressure on them."
Dillon Kifer closed his career on high note on Saturday, and so did his team. The University of Jamestown senior placed second at 141 pounds at the NAIA national wrestling championships in Topeka, Kan. Mike Zupan also earned All-American honors, marking the first time since 2003 the program had two wrestlers place in the top eight at nationals. "We definitely feel like we're going in the right direction," UJ head coach Dan Lovell said. "We beat Oklahoma City (University) by one point—they brought 12 wrestlers and we brought four.
Improved times were the name of the game for the Jamestown High School swimming team at the state meet over the weekend in Bismarck. Collectively, the Blue Jays improved their times by 37 seconds, highlighted by four top 15 finishes in the pool and another on the diving board. "Obviously, you'd always like to place higher, but overall our team performance was spectacular," JHS coach Ben Smith said. "We had time cuts across the board. To be able to drop 37 seconds as a team is not easy."
Shots were not dropping for the Blue Jays on Saturday at the Bismarck Events Center. The shooting struggles came on the wrong day for Jamestown High School, which fell 59-48 to Bismarck High in a state-tournament qualifying game of the West Region tournament. The Blue Jays made just 13 of 48 shots one day after making nine of 18 3-pointers. “They weren’t dropping today, unfortunately,” JHS coach Andy Skunberg said. “The girls battled. It’s not like we weren’t in it. We just couldn’t get a few to go down in a row to make a run and put a little pressure on them.”