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After a shaky start to their long trip south, the Jimmie volleyball team ended the weekend in strong fashion. Ranked No. 25 in the NAIA poll, the University of Jamestown closed out a stiff schedule of five matches with a 3-2 win over 20th-ranked Evangel (Mo.) on Saturday in Bellevue, Neb. Earlier in the day, the Jimmies fell to No. 17 Madonna (Mich.) 3-0, but led each set before struggling late.
Since the University of Jamestown and Concordia College resumed playing in 2012, the Cobbers have dominated the series. On Saturday, the Jimmies turned the tables. Behind a dominating defensive effort...
Game 2 of the season has been a rough one in recent years for the University of Jamestown football team. Concordia College has been the Jimmies' second opponent each of the last four years and it's been all Cobbers. Senior safety Kaleb Garcia, one of the Jimmies' best and most experienced players, is confident this year will be different.
After struggling in Iowa, the 25th-ranked University of Jamestown volleyball team found its groove in Nebraska. Following a five-set loss to Morningside College on Thursday in Sioux City, the Jimmies routed Montana Tech and Baker (Kansas) on Friday in Bellevue. "It was a tail of two teams," UJ head coach Jon Hegerle said. "We played two good teams too, but we just controlled the tempo of both matches the whole time. "We played with tremendous energy and spirit. Today was a good day."
Following their impressive season-opening win over Grand Forks Central, the Blue Jays hit the road for the first time this season and coach Bill Nelson hopes to unveil a few new wrinkles. Jamestown scored 30 points against the Knights, but totaled less than 250 yards of offense. With senior quarterback Brian Opsahl able to play both halves tonight against the Mustangs, more of the playbook could be in the mix.
A long bus ride, followed by a lengthy match, ended in disappointment for the 25th-ranked University of Jamestown volleyball team. Morningside rallied out of a 2-1 hole to beat the Jimmies 3-2 on Thursday in Sioux City, Iowa. "Morningside competed hard. They had lots of fight and fire," UJ coach Jon Hegerle said. "We competed hard in sets 2 and 3, but halfway through set 4 we just started falling apart and that's disappointing because we're a veteran team and we should be handling that a lot better. That's my concern."
Jamestown pushed Minot, but the Magicians pulled out a narrow 5-4 West Region victory on Thursday. Connor Mullowney had another strong day for the Blue Jays. The teams split the singles matches with Minot taking two of three in doubles. "We showed a little bit of rust with some of the kids not being here for practice this week," JHS coach Jordan Koushkouski said. "We had some new combos in doubles, they were a little green, but we'll be fine in time for postseason."
The University of Jamestown golf teams made a clean sweep of its home opener. Trent Hagenson won medalist honors on the men's side, while Annie Nelson ran away for the win in the smaller women's field at the UJ Fall Kick Off at Jamestown Country Club on Wednesday. The men's tournament featured seven teams, but three of them were UJ squads. Two of the three women's teams consisted only of Jimmies.
Jamestown kept pressuring late, but Bismarck Century prevented the equalizer to prevail on Tuesday night at Rotary Field. The Blue Jays pushed the Patriots for a potentially tying goal, but the preseason favorite in the West Region hung on for a well-earned 2-1 win. "We've talked to the boys all year about starting the match strong and finishing the match strong and tonight they didn't let the foot off at all," said JHS coach Mark Sherfy. "We couldn't quite get the equalizer in the end, but we don't go away hanging our head at all."
Stamina and a strong bench paid off when it mattered most for the University of Jamestown women's soccer team. Danica Brekken scored with less than five minutes remaining as the Jimmies capped off a weekend home sweep on a sweaty Sunday afternoon. "Danica's a super fit kid. Seems like she can go all day," UJ head coach Nick Becker said. "She does what we ask her to do and sticks to the game plan." Brekken had two goals on the weekend for the Jimmies, who beat Briar Cliff University (Iowa) 3-0 on Saturday before escaping 1-0 Sunday.