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After a stellar start to the season, it's been a couple of shaky weeks for the Jimmie 'D.' Having allowed 99 points over the last two games, the University of Jamestown football team is in Madison, S.D. today to face one of the premier offenses in the NAIA. The game starts at 4 p.m. Dakota State, ranked No. 24 in the latest top 25 poll, is 3-1 and averaging 43.3 points per game. All those points haven't come against cupcakes either. The Trojans have two wins over ranked teams, including No. 16 Dakota Wesleyan.
Dickinson proved to be effective mudders Friday night at Ernie Gates Field. Typically a big-play offense through the air, the Midgets completed just one pass against Jamestown, but churned out 285 yards on the ground in an 18-0 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. Persistent, and heavy rain at times in the first half made for a tough night for the offenses, but Dickinson's ground game prevailed.
Dickinson proved to be effective mudders Friday night at Ernie Gates Field. Typically a big-play offense through the air, the Midgets completed just one pass against Jamestown, but churned out...
One-third of the Jimmies' final 21 matches of the season will come against ranked teams. That's just fine by University of Jamestown head volleyball coach Jon Hegerle. Ranked No. 22 in the latest NAIA top 25 poll, the Jimmies play their home opener tonight at 7 against Waldorf College (Iowa). The Jimmies (8-5) wade into much deeper waters on Saturday as No. 5 Viterbo University (Wisconsin) is here in a highly anticipated match.
Bad starts have doomed the Blue Jays in their last three football games. With Dickinson in town for homecoming tonight, Jamestown is hoping to keep things interesting late. "We haven't been able to get positive momentum on our side," JHS head coach Bill Nelson said. "We gotta find a way to turn that around. You don't want to feel like you're playing uphill right away." There's been a handful of reasons for the rough starts: turnovers, penalties, special teams mistakes, all have come early and often in the Blue Jays' three-game losing streak.
Sewing up the No. 4 spot in the West Region tennis standings was a two-part scenario for the Jamestown High School tennis team. Thursday night under the lights at Bolinger Courts, the Blue Jays took care of their end of the bargain with a 5-4 win over Mandan. "We did our part to lock up the 4 seed," JHS coach Jordan Koushkouski said. "We knew Mandan would be well prepared and that it'd be a tough match." Bismarck Century needs to beat No. 1 Bismarck Legacy and No. 3 Minot to foil Jamestown's bid for No. 4, which is unlikely.
Jamestown is making the Bismarck Community Bowl a home away from home. Luca Flann score in the 68th minute and the Blue Jays' defense made it stick in a 1-0 win over Bismarck St. Mary's on Tuesday. "We have an experienced group of guys that have been playing varsity soccer for four or even five years in some cases. They enjoy these challenging and important matches," said JHS coach Mark Sherfy. "No question, this was a big win for us. Anytime you're able to come to the Bowl and get a win over a Bismarck team it's pretty significant."
After a rough opening weekend, the University of Jamestown hockey team found its footing on home ice. The Jimmies outscored NDSU 14-4 in two exhibition games at Wilson Arena on Friday and Saturday, giving Dean Stork's team a much needed boost. "It was good to get a couple of wins and build some confidence coming off the Manitoba trip that did not go well," Stork said. "The guys were a little down and concerned." The Jimmies struggled against the University of Manitoba, although there was no shame in that.
Dean Kraft faces a good problem heading into the conference golf meet next week in Minnesota. The University of Jamestown men placed second out of eight teams at its two-day home meet, which wrapped up Monday. The Jimmies' 602 put them behind only Minot State (586) in the tournament held at Jamestown Country Club. "We're really happy with how we played and with the depth we have right now," Kraft said. "We have a lot of guys capable of putting up low numbers and they're starting to show some really good consistency."
The Blue Jays proved they can go the distance and pull out wins on Monday. Jamestown whitewashed Bismarck Century 8-0 to earn a road victory, but it was not easy. Six of the Jays' eight wins went three sets, but they won them all. "We were able to grind out wins and show stamina when it mattered," No. 3 singles player Cole Bennion said. "We were pushing for the sweep. We had to work for it, but we got it done." Bennion was down 3-4 in the third set, but stormed back to win the next three games in what was the theme of the night.