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The Elks and Merchants have been the marquee amateur baseball teams in the state for decades. But, another Jamestown team has designs of building a similar legacy. Although, doing so is not easy. Jamestown Greyhounds manager Danny Fischer is tasked with keeping the Hounds on the hunt. He and his teammates have been doing quite well, winning two straight Class AA state tournament championships. The trick now, and it's not easy, is keeping it going.
Cole Bell likes being busy. That should not be a problem for the foreseeable future. Bell was announced as the new head coach of the University of Jamestown hockey team on Tuesday, but he's not in North Dakota just yet. He has two weeks of training to complete in the Army Reserves. "I'll get up to Jamestown about the same time the boys are," Bell said in a phone interview from Virginia on Tuesday. "I'm wrapping up the last few little steps here. As soon as this is over, I'll be on my way to Jamestown."
Tyler Kosel knew early in his life he wanted to be a football coach. The Edgeley, N.D., native and former Valley City State football player, begins his first season today as head coach at one of the marquee high school programs in the state. Kosel was hired as head coach at Fargo South last spring. The Bruins, owners of 13 state championships the most in North Dakota, begin practice today.
Cole Bell has been hired as the new hockey coach at the University of Jamestown. Bell had been an assistant coach for the Jersey Shore Wildcats of the North American 3 Eastern Hockey League. The Davenport, Iowa native played college hockey at Lebanon Valley College, which like Jamestown, plays at the ACHA Division I level.
Staying fit is important to Ben Smith. It's part of his job. It paid off competitively last weekend.
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.