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High expectations come baked into the cake for the University of Jamestown women's basketball team. But this year, they might be even higher. The Jimmies return a large chunk of last year's team which advanced to the Elite 8 at nationals for the first time in program history. The preseason polls agree. The Jimmies are ranked No. 6 in the NAIA top 25 rankings heading into Friday's season-opener against Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) — the highest preseason ranking ever. "It's a good problem to have," head coach Greg Ulland said of the lofty expectations and preseason ranking.
Goals have come in bunches the last two games for the University of Jamestown men's soccer team. After winning 4-0 on Sunday, the Jimmies piled up six more on Wednesday in a 6-0 beating of Presentation College in Aberdeen. Five different players scored as the Jimmies notched their 10th win of the season. "It's just kind of a matter of the light bulb going on," said UJ head coach Tommy Nienhaus. "When you're playing a lot of young players it takes time. They're growing into what they can be and becoming more confident." The Jimmies scored three goals in each half.
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The University of Jamestown hit a lull Saturday night against Mayville State, but not long enough for the Comets to do much about it. Leading 1-0, the Jimmies watched Mayville State take the second set, before the Jimmies (10-1 NSAA, 15-10 overall) regained control and closed out the road win in dominating fashion. "We went up 21-12 in the first set and kinda relaxed ... stopped putting in effort and they came back," UJ coach Jon Hegerle said.
VALLEY CITY—Bottled up most of the game, one big play through the air helped keep the Paint Bucket in Valley City. Tied 6-6 late in the fourth quarter, Josh Hansana hauled in a 55-yard strike from Kurtis Walls and the Vikings cashed it in two plays later for the game-winner in their 12-6 win over the University of Jamestown on Saturday. The Jimmies had grounded the Vikings' high-powered passing game most of the game, but the Vikings got one when it mattered. "It was supposed to be a comeback (route), the quarterback read it, we made a different call and we executed it," Hansana said.
Samantha VanHeuveln is showing no signs of slowing down in her final few meets. The University of Jamestown senior standout finished eighth out of 145 runners at the Mount Marty Invite in Yankton, S.D., on Saturday. "I thought Sam ran one of the best races of her career," said UJ women's cross country coach Jim Clark of her 18:52.56 in the race.
Bottled up most of the game, one big play through the air helped keep the Paint Bucket in Valley City. Tied 6-6 late in the fourth quarter, Josh Hansana hauled...
Rough patches have plagued both the Jimmies and Vikings this season. The University of Jamestown's has lasted longer, but after an impressive season-opening 41-31 win over the Jimmies in August, Valley City State also fell on hard times. Ranked as high as 15th in the NAIA top 25 poll at one point, the Vikings lost back-to-back games at Dickinson State and at home to Mayville State. But as the rivals meet today at 1 p.m. at Shelly Ellig Field, both teams are feeling better about their situations. "At the beginning of the season your goal always is to win a conference championship.
It's been a busy month for new University of Jamestown head wrestling coach Dan Lovell. Both at home and abroad. The 42-year-old Lovell took Bronze in the Veteran B Division at the World Championships in Athens, Greece. Competing in freestyle at 213 pounds, Lovell earned wins over wrestlers from the U.S. and Greece to advance to the semifinals where he lost to a wrestler from India. In the Bronze match, Lovell defeated a wrestler from Bulgaria, 8-4. "When the championships popped up in Athens, that's a place you want to go," Lovell said of the home of the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Whether fall ball is around to stay for the University of Jamestown baseball team is yet to be determined. Head coach Tom Hager wasn't tipping his hand on the matter on Monday, but did say year 1 for the Jimmies playing games that count in the fall was successful. "We feel like we learned a lot in having those game-type situations opposed to just playing scrimmages," Hager said. "We feel like we have a much better idea of where we sit with our team eight weeks into the school year than we would have if we hadn't played those eight games." The Jimmies went a perfect 8-0 in the fall.