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The University of Jamestown men's basketball team notched one of its best wins of the season on Friday night. The Jimmies led from start to finish in an 84-64 win at Dickinson State. The Blue Hawks entered the game 19-9 overall. Three-point shooting told the tale. The Jimmies drained 13 of 23 from downtown while the Blue Hawks were an ice-cold two for 19.
It's been a learning season for Jamestown High School's young wrestling squad. There have been plenty of bumps in the road, but lots of progress, too. Head coach Larry Eslick hopes that continues this weekend as five Blue Jays will be at the Fargodome for the state tournament. "We're pretty proud of the fact that last year we had a bunch of freshmen that got two dual wins and this year with a bunch of sophomores we got five," Eslick said. "Hopefully, next year we'll double that number, or maybe even a little more."
After a season full of blowouts, the Jimmies are looking for some action this weekend. Winning by nearly 27 points per game through 25 games, the 11th-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball team has a couple of tough ones lined up, on paper at least. "We're super excited about this weekend," said UJ head coach Greg Ulland. "We've told the kids, 'This is why you come to the University of Jamestown, to play in games like this.'
The Blue Jays snapped their losing streak in style Friday night. Jamestown High School scored 19 of the first 24 points of the game en route to a convincing 76-54 beating of Williston at Jerry Meyer. The lopsided victory halted a nine-game skid, dating back to Dec. 31. "It feels great. We really wanted this one tonight and we just came out and played really well as a team," sophomore Mason Walters said. "We just played great, everybody did. We're happy with the win."
Jonas Flann and the Blue Jays had enough in the tank to turn in another strong performance. Competing for the fourth time in six days, Jamestown High School swept Bismarck Legacy (113-69) and Bismarck High (108-76) on Thursday in a home double dual. Flann won and qualified for state in the 50 freestyle (23.11). On top of that, the JHS junior touched first in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.29). "Jonas is performing really well," said JHS coach Ben Smith. The Blue Jays had five wins on the night with Flann factoring into a pair of relay triumphs as well.
The Jamestown High School gymnastics team finished its regular season with another win. The Blue Jays won all four events and posted the top five all around scores en route to a score of 141.5 to easily outdistance Fargo Davies (132.225) and Fargo (118.675) on Thursday at the Jamestown Gymnastics Club. "Team-wise we did well, not quite as well as we have been, but still pretty solid," JHS coach Dave Tews said.
There will be plenty of fresh faces when the University of Jamestown softball team takes the field for the first time on Saturday. But the Jimmies return plenty of experience in one key spot. Coming off a 34-15 season, coach Kevin Gall's team brings back its dual aces in senior Hanna Dunnigan and junior Brittany Rheault. The Jimmies play two games on Saturday and two on Sunday at the Presentation College Dome in Aberdeen, S.D.
A long day ended in a win for the Jamestown High School swimmers and divers on Tuesday. After an early-morning practice, the Blue Jays drove to Dickinson and posted a 106-77 win over the Midgets. With a larger team than Dickinson, each JHS swimmer competed in just one event. The Blue Jays had six wins in all. "It started off a little slow, but then things picked up and we ended up doing really well," said JHS coach Ben Smith. "We're squeezing a lot into the end of our regular season. The kids are working hard."
Shots, and records, were dropping Tuesday night for the University of Jamestown women's basketball team. The Jimmies, up to No. 11 in the latest NAIA top 25 poll, set school records for points (131), baskets (52) and 3-pointers (21) against Trinity Bible College. All 14 players dressed scored and six were in double figures as the Jimmies (19-4) won their ninth in a row.
Amy Fearnside did not begin wrestling until her sophomore year in high school in her home state of California. But her wrestling roots go back much further than that. Fearnside, who will attempt to become the first four-time All-American wrestler at the University of Jamestown this weekend, traces her love of the sport back to the Great Depression. Although the stakes for her great-grandfather, Cleo Fearnside, were much greater way back then.