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In its final season in the North Star Athletic Association, the University of Jamestown football team is picked to finish fifth out of seven teams. The Jimmies, who began practice last weekend, received 25 points in voting done by the conference's coaches. Jamestown joins the Great Plains Athletic Conference next year.
Tolna's amateur baseball squad has the feel of an old-school town team. The rural North Dakota club, organized and managed by Scott Johnson, is comprised primarily of former Dakota Prairie, Midkota and Griggs County Central players. They were good in high school and in American Legion baseball, and now it's transferring to amateur ball. On Sunday, Tolna defeated Fairview 9-2 in the championship game of the Class A state tournament at Jack Brown Stadium to finish the weekend 3-0.
Vince Drahman's first interview with the University of Jamestown was one he'll never forget. While an assistant golf coach at Williams Woods University (Missouri), Drahman was on a trip with the team to England when he had his first talk with UJ athletic director Sean Johnson. That session took place via Skype at 10 p.m. local time in the United Kingdom. "That was pretty interesting," Drahman recalled. "I'll remember that for the rest of my life"
Tolna defeated Fairview 9-2 in the state Class A amateur baseball tournament championship game on Sunday at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown. Logan Lund, former University of Jamestown pitcher, went all seven innings on the mound with seven strikeouts for Tolna, which went 3-0 in the tournament. Dalton Flaagan hit his second home run of the tournament as eight Tolna players had hits in the game. Jon Lund went 3-for-4 and Riley Nelson was 2-for-2 with three RBI.
Tolna and Fairview will play for the Class A state amateur baseball championship on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be played at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown. Tolna went 2-0 in pool play on Saturday. Fairview went 1-1, while the defending Class A champion Jamestown Tarno Townies suffered two one-run losses and were eliminated.
The 2017 season officially began for the Jimmie football team on Friday. Nearly 100 players, 98 to be exact, reported for fall camp 22 days before the season opener at home against Hastings (Neb.) on Aug. 26.
Age is just a number for the Jamestown Tarno Townies. The veteran amateur baseball team, and defending Class A champs, have had a busy summer. Tom Gould's roster of seasoned stars take on Thompson on Saturday at 1 p.m. in game 2 of the Class A state tournament at Jack Brown Stadium. "I was talking to Fitzy (Andy Fitzgerald) about how they must've played 15 or more games this year and that's more than the past three years," said Gould, who also is NDABI president. "I'm so proud of those guys. They're high 30s and 40s and even 50s and they keep coming out."
Megan Kuehl was not looking to leave her coaching job at St. Norbert College in Green Bay. But, an opportunity in Jamestown was too good to pass up. Kuehl, pronounced Keel, has been hired as head women's track and field coach of the Jimmies. She replaces Jim Clark, who founded the women's program in 1979 and guided it to 42 conference championships. Clark remains the women's cross country coach at UJ.
A morning boating mishap didn't do much to slow down Josh Klein and Jay Kulla. The local pro anglers ran into a tree during day 1 of the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit tournament at Devils Lake on July 21, but a big comeback was in store. "We lost a few hours (Friday) and that put us behind the 8-ball," Klein said. The pair surged on Saturday, though, climbing from 19th to finish fifth overall in the 80-team field. Their fifth-place finish earned them $2,200. They also netted the biggest walleye on Saturday, an 8.12-pounder good for $800.
Thompson edged Carrington 6-5 at the Class B state American Legion baseball tournament in Steele on Saturday. Carrington, winners of the the last three state B titles, was eliminated with the loss. Thompson advances to the championship round on Sunday and will have to be defeated twice by Nelson County. The tournament winner advances to the Central Plains Regional in Wahpeton next week.