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The University of Jamestown softball team carved up Mayville State to the tune of a 4-0 weekend mark. The Jimmies outscored the Comets 34-16, getting stellar pitching from Hanna Dunnigan and hot-hitting from seniors Emily Newman and Rylee Perez. "It was a productive series of games for us," said UJ coach Kevin Gall. "We pitched pretty well and were able to score an adequate amount of runs to get the job done."
Kaiann Arellano jumped her way to nationals. The University of Jamestown sophomore cleared 5-feet, 5-inches to beat the NAIA mark and best a strong field of jumpers at the Al Cassell Relays on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. "It was exciting for Kaiann to clear a career best and add the national meet to her to-do list," said UJ women's Jim Clark. "Kaiann had an awesome day jumping—she looked very good at the next height, which was over 5-6. "She beat some excellent jumpers."
It was a mixed bag for the University of Jamestown baseball team over the weekend. But in the bag was a new standard as Sunday's 2-1 win at Mayville State set a new school record for wins in a season with 47. Overall, the Jimmies split four games with the Comets to finish the regular season at 47-7 and 18-5 in the North Star Athletic Association. The Jimmies, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA top 25 poll, host the conference tournament, beginning Friday and running through Monday at Jack Brown Stadium.
Friday's match in Williston should've been the Blue Jays' fourth conference match of the season, instead it was their first. The lack of time on the court showed against Williston in a 9-0 loss. "When you've had rain like we've had you just can't get your matches in," JHS coach Jordan Koushkouski said. "That makes it tough." There were other issues too, he said. "We came out a pretty flat in singles. We weren't as competitive as we probably should have been," Koushkouski said.
The Jimmie golf teams finished the North Star Athletic Association tournament better than they started. For the women, it was a significant improvement from Monday's round, while the men also performed better in the season finale for both teams. The women cut 17 shots from Monday's round at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, Neb. The men were one stroke better as both teams finished third overall. "It was better all around, especially for the girls," UJ golf coach Dean Kraft said. "We were a little more relaxed, that was the biggest difference."
Rachel Heuchert continues to rack up the wins in the 800 meters. The University of Jamestown senior from Long Prairie, Minn., placed first in the race on Tuesday at the Cobber Twilight Meet in Moorhead. Heuchert ran a personal-best time of 2:21.69, beating her previous mark by nearly three seconds. The Jimmies took partial squads to the meet. Pole-vaulters Emerald Gyuricza and Ashley Bellm placed second and third, respectively.
Shawn Frank remembers his first phone conversation with Jarelle Miller like it was yesterday. Miller, a raw, but gifted athlete from Orlando, Fla., called Frank, who was the defensive coordinator of the Jimmies at the time. That first phone call, which began Miller's journey to Jamestown, may end with the NFL calling the star linebacker's name this week. "I remember coach (Bud) Etzold and I watching video of this raw specimen, this beast of a man playing on this field that was as brown as all get out," Frank recalled of the beat up playing surface in Florida.
Nolan Frank turned in a strong round at the North Star Athletic Association golf tournament in Lincoln, Neb., on Monday. In what amounted to the third of four rounds of the national-qualifying tournament — the first two were held in the fall at Oxbow (N.D.) Country Club — Frank fired a 4-over par round of 74 to finish in a two-tie for second with Kris Graewin of Viterbo University. Only Diego Gudino of tournament leader Bellevue University had a better score than Frank. "Nolan played really," UJ coach Dean Kraft said. "That was as good as he's driven the ball off the tee ever.
Alex Watson and Brittany Rheault kept throwing zeroes on the board Saturday at Trapper Field. But finally, 16th-ranked Dickinson State broke through. The Blue Hawks scored two runs in the top of the 11th inning — in a game scheduled for seven — to take game 1 of Saturday's North Star Athletic Association doubleheader "It's one people will be talking about for a while, that's for sure," said UJ head coach Kevin Gall. "Both pitchers were really in a groove."