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The University of Jamestown's first foray into fall baseball games is about to begin. There are a couple of things to remember before the Jimmies play two 9-inning games at Mayville State on Sunday. First, the games do not count toward the 2016 North Star Athletic Association standings. Secondly, the games do count toward the Jimmies' 2016 overall record. Essentially, the games could be viewed as résumé padders for the 2016 season. Particularly when it comes to postseason time next spring and teams are jockeying for at-large consideration into the national tournament ...
Add an impressive road win to the growing résumé of the Jamestown High School tennis team. The Blue Jays went 5-1 in singles and took two of three in doubles in a convincing victory over Mandan on Tuesday. "Our kids came ready to play. You never really expect it on the road in the West Region because it's tough, but our guys went out and they brought it. They played well," said JHS coach Pat Mullowney said. "Mandan's an improved team. They have the best player in the West (Erik Porter), so you know you have to come out and take care of it after (Porter) and they did." Porter won at No.
Second-half struggles did in the Jimmies on Monday. Scoreless through 45 minutes, Rocky Mountain College scored twice in the first 11 minutes of the second half en route to a 3-0 win. "We didn't show up in the second half," said UJ women's soccer coach Nick Becker. "The first half was fine.
Rocky Mountain and the University of Jamestown have forged a nice rivalry in recent years. Tight games have usually been the result, which made Monday's 4-1 triumph by the Battlin Bears the exception rather than the rule. Unbeaten at 4-0 on the season, Rocky Mountain scored all four of its goals in a shaky first-half performance by the Jimmies. "Not sure exactly what happened," said UJ coach Tommy Nienhaus. "It was sort of a collection of guys being hesitant. (We) were playing backwards and sideways. They didn't want to go forward." Rocky Mountain has shown early thunder.
A long bus ride to Wisconsin didn't affect Amber Posner, Samantha VanHeuveln, Aaron Ford or Matthew Young. The 10-hour haul to the Hokum Karem Invitational in LaCrosse, Wis., ended in a sweep for the Jimmies on Friday night. The relay-style race featured one mile on, then one mile off. The women ran six miles and the men eight. Posner and Van Heuveln finished in 39:20.50 as the Jimmie women went 1-2-3 for a perfect team score of six points in the five-team meet. "We got off the bus after hours with an hour until race time," UJ women's coach Jim Clark said.
The preseason schedule proved as tough as advertised for the University of Jamestown volleyball team. Facing five ranked teams in eight matches, the Jimmies went 1-3 in Sioux City, Iowa to open the season and had the same record in Bellevue, Neb., this past weekend, capped by Saturday's 3-1 win over William Woods, Iowa. The difference between the 24th-ranked Jimmies 2-6 record and something better was small, the head coach said Sunday. "We're capable of competing with the teams we've played we just have too many mental letdowns," Jon Hegerle said.
It was a small meet, but chalk up another win for the Jamestown High School girls cross country team. The Blue Jays made it 3-for-3 with a win at the Roe Granger Twilight meet in Aberdeen on Friday. The JHS boys also won as Kyle Schumacher took top honors for the second straight outing. "It's nice to see some different schools from around the Aberdeen area. Early on we try to mix it up," JHS coach Ken Gardner said. "Next week we'll see all the big dogs in Grand Forks because that's the state meet course." Four of the top six finishers in the girls race were all Jamestown runners.
Coming off a conference championship season, University of Jamestown softball coach Kevin Gall has padded the roster with 14 recruits. The class includes 12 freshmen and two junior college transfers. "This year, we have gathered many outstanding girls that should help us complete our goals," Gall said. The Jimmies are coming off a sparkling 36-14 season, which included an 18-game winning streak. Four North Dakota players have joined the program, including Meghan Ramage (P/1B), of Grand Forks, Miriah Yoder (OF) of Devils Lake, Madison Johnson (C) of Kindred and Katlyn Buethner (OF) of Hil
Wins are slow in coming, but improvement has been steady for the Jimmie volleyball team. Of course, the stiff competition is playing a big part in the losses for the 24th-ranked University of Jamestown, which fell 3-1 to No. 21 Grand View, Iowa and 3-0 to ninth-ranked Midland, Neb., in Bellevue, Neb., on Friday night. The Jimmies fell to 1-5 on the season with three of the five losses coming against ranked teams. "We're better this weekend than last weekend," UJ coach Jon Hegerle said.
After a tough game against a high-powered aerial attack, the University of Jamestown defense faces a different but equally daunting challenge today. In game 2 of the season, the Jimmies have to deal with Concordia's triple option attack which led the Cobbers to an 8-2 record last season in the always difficult MIAC. The Jimmies were good against the run against Valley City State last week, but had major problems in the pass game. Today, both phases will be tested. "It's a total 360-type situation where last week it was a no-huddle team with a good quarterback that throws it all over the