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The University of Jamestown women's basketball team remain undefeated in North Star Athletic Association play with an 83-70 win over Presentation College on Saturday. Bryn Woodside scored 21 points for the the 13th-ranked Jimmies, who scored 28 second-quarter points to lead 44-28 at halftime. The Saints (6-14) made a third-quarter push, but the Jimmies pulled away late to seal their 13th win in 17 games. Woodside also had four assists, three steals and three rebounds for the Jimmies.
The Jimmie track and field teams got off to a fast start to the indoor season on Saturday in Bemidji, Minn. The University of Jamestown men piled up seven first-place performances, while the women earned six. Matt Young and Kaiann Arellano both earned doubles. Young won the 1,000-meter run (2:46.72) and the mile (4:29.21). Arellano, a junior from Jamestown, cleared 5-3 to win the high jump. She also crossed first in the 800 (2:36.43). Arellano added a second in the long jump (16-2 1/4) while scoring a career-best in the pentathlon with 3,065 points.
The state-qualifier count continues to climb for the Jamestown High School swimmers and divers. The Blue Jays had eight state-qualifying performances on Saturday at their home meet, including wins from Jonas Flann and Colton Carlson. "Our team did really well in the relays and individual events," JHS coach Ben Smith said. "We're doing very good things. I thought we performed well." The Blue Jays totaled 368 points to finish fourth in the seven-team field, which featured four-time defending state champion Bismarck Century among other strong squads.
The Blue Jays found their groove in the middle and rode it to their first region dual win of the season. Four straight wins from 132 pounds to 152, and a pair of key victories late, sealed Jamestown's 40-30 triumph over Bismarck Legacy. Valley City also was in town on Friday as part of a triangular. The ninth-ranked Hi-Liners topped the Blue Jays 49-26. Larry Eslick, JHS head coach, saw plenty of positives from his young squad.
After a shaky performance on Tuesday, the Jamestown High School gymnastics team bounced back with a stellar outing on Friday. At the eight-team Julie Ziegler Memorial in Bismarck, the Blue Jays tied for second with their second-highest score of the season. Bismarck posted a lofty 144.6 to win, but the Blue Jays tied for second with Dickinson at 141.625. The Midgets have won three of the last four state championships.
Greg Ulland does not talk about The Streak with his players. It's not just coach-speak either. "We don't talk about the streak. We don't talk about trying to win. We don't talk about trying to win conference championships. We don't really talk about anything like that ... it's just not a thing," the University of Jamestown women's basketball coach said. "Honestly, no B.S., we just focus on getting better each day."
Signs of spring are few and far between these days, but anybody desperate for hope can take consolation of another track season beginning this weekend. No hurdle races will be held or javelins heaved outside anytime soon, but the Jimmies head for Bemidji, Minn., to open the indoor campaign on Saturday. The University of Jamestown women’s team has designs on a three-peat. Coach Jim Clark’s squad returns a promising nucleus off back-to-back North Star Athletic Association championships.
Valley City proved its one of the top gymnastics teams in the state. Beating Jamestown will do that and that's what the Hi-Liners did on Tuesday, 138.625-135.30. It was an off night for the Blue Jays, according to coach Andrea Bitz. "It was very shaky," Bitz said. "We had some moments, but not enough. We just gotta clean it up." The Blue Jays' score was down from where it has been the last handful of meets.
TAMPA, Fla. -- In a game that featured three lead changes in the final five minutes, Clemson got the last play -- and the national title. Deshaun Watson's third touchdown pass of the game, a 2-yard toss to Hunter Renfrow with one second remaining, lifted the Tigers to a 35-31 win over Alabama in a classic championship game Monday night. The Tigers avenged a 45-40 loss to the Crimson Tide in last year's final at Glendale, Ariz., capturing their first title since 1981.
Closing out games has been an issue at times for the Jimmies this season. The problem reared its ugly head again Sunday night at the Jamestown Civic Center. Leading by 13 points with seven minutes left, the Jimmies were outscored 18-4 down the stretch in a vexing 74-73 loss to Bellevue (Neb.). It came one night after a 79-71 home loss to Valley City State, making for a tough weekend for head coach Danny Neville's team.