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Jamestown got off to a fast start on the mat against perennial power Bismarck on Thursday night. Noah Braun and Kyle Dupre opened the dual with back-to-back victories for the Blue Jays. It was mostly Demons after that however as the home team rolled to a 66-12 win. It's been a challenging start for coach Larry Eslick's young squad against Bismarck Century and BHS—No. 1 and 2 teams in the West Region.
A few extra practices were just fine with Andy Skunberg. Its season opener pushed back twice already, the Jamestown High School girls basketball team will open up tonight at Mandan, road-conditions permitting, against the highly-regarded Braves. "Coming off nine practices it's tough to get in game shape, and secondly, to get a couple of extra practices to get everything down is a definitely a bonus," Skunberg said. The Blue Jays will be frequent I-94 travelers early in the campaign. Jamestown's first home game is not until New Year's Eve.
With winter arriving on the scene in full force recently, the Class A basketball season has been slow to start. Just four boys games have been played so far, none by coach Luke Anderson's Blue Jays, although they hope to change that tonight. Jamestown High School was scheduled to head to Mandan to face the Braves on Thursday. At The Sun's press time on Wednesday night, the game was still on.
Jamestown High School's girls' basketball team had its season opener postponed for the second time on Monday night. The Blue Jays were scheduled to play at Mandan on Tuesday, but...
In the starting lineup for the Jimmies, Taylor Hammer was stepping into some pretty big shoes this season. However, to nobody's surprise, she's doing quite well. Replacing three-time All-American Jessica Buck in the starting 5, the senior from Grand Forks had another strong game as 10th-ranked University of Jamestown routed Dakota State 88-45 on Sunday at the Civic Center.
The University of Jamestown and Dakota State have a knack for going down to the wire. Sunday night at the Civic Center, it took 50 minutes to settle the matter. The Jimmies scored 18 points in the second 5-minute overtime to outlast the Trojans 90-81 and earn a much-needed North Star Athletic Association triumph.
Three Jamestown High School wrestlers placed third at the KC Invite on Saturday. All Blue Jay placers in the tournament were either freshmen or sophomore as they finished fourth out of eight teams in their home tournament. "We're a super young team and finishing fourth out of eight is way far beyond what we were expecting or hoping for," said JHS coach Larry Eslick. "The improvement our kids have made just from the preseason up until now has been pretty impressive ... we're tickled."
Friday's conference opener between the Jimmies and Blue Hawks looked more like a late-season barnburner. Dickinson State was clutch down the stretch at the free throw line, but the University of Jamestown still created late chances before falling just short 84-81 at the Civic Center. "We have to find a way to play 40 minutes. If we do, we probably win," said UJ coach Danny Neville, whose team trailed by 11 with eight minutes to go. "The guys fought hard to give us a chance."
Kyra Dewald and the Jimmies aren't into sending messages, but they sent one with their play Friday night. Down 20-15 after 10 minutes, the University of Jamestown allowed just 44 points over the final three quarters en route to a 74-64 over Dickinson State. The Jimmies, the preseason favorite in the North Star Athletic Association, led by as many as 21 points in the fourth quarter over the team picked to finish second in the conference.
The University of Jamestown's season came to an end Thursday night at the NAIA national volleyball tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. The 19th-ranked Jimmies (26-14) fell to No. 14 Missouri...