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University of Jamestown men's cross country coach Ed Crawford is upbeat about his 13-runner roster, the largest in his now eight-year tenure. "We're improved from last year whether that means we beat anybody we'll have to see, but we're excited about it," Crawford said. Unlike in recent years, the Jimmies have a solid trio at the top in senior Connor Doppler, sophomore Aaron Ford of Jamestown and freshman Matt Young. Doppler has been putting in 105 miles per week.
Ahead at halftime, things unraveled in the third quarter for the University of Jamestown. Leading 18-14 after 30 minutes, the Jimmies were unable to slow down the aerial display of Valley City State quarterback Kurtis Walls as the Vikings defeated Jamestown 41-31 at Rollie Greeno Field on Saturday. The 17th-ranked Vikings scored 20 points on three consecutive third-quarter drives to build a 34-18 lead they never relinquished, keeping the Paint Bucket for now. "We prepared well for a good team this week," said Walls after his 517-yard, four-touchdown performance.
The long ride home from Sioux City, Iowa, was a little easier to swallow for the University of Jamestown volleyball team after a satisfying win over Briar Cliff on Saturday. The Jimmies had lost their first three games at the Red Raider Classic in Sioux City, Iowa, but bounced back for a 3-1 win. "The only danger is thinking everything is OK now. Sometimes after a loss on the ride home it can really sink in about what you need to do to get better, but I think our girls understand we have a lot of work to do," UJ head coach Jon Hegerle said.
Ahead at halftime, things unraveled in the third quarter for the University of Jamestown. Leading 18-14 after 30 minutes, the Jimmies were unable to slow down the aerial display of...
When Sierra Bennion was a seventh-grader, Laura Kraft served as mentor for the talented youngster. Six years later Bennion, who is as polite as she is talented, is doing the same for her younger teammates. That made Friday's meet all the more enjoyable for the Jamestown High School star, who fired a 1-under par 71 to pull away from the field at the Vardon Country Club in Minot in leading Jamestown to the team title. "I'm so proud of my girls. They played so good today," Bennion said.
It was a season-opening sweep for the Jamestown High School swimming and diving team on Friday. Erin Hillerud and Taylor Bradley collected wins for the Blue Jays as they swept Grand Forks Red River (92-86) and Grand Forks Central (86). "We had no disqualifications at all and a lot of personal-best times," said coach Ben Smith. "It was a really good way to start the season." Hillerud, who was runner-up in diving at the state meet last season, totaled 204.89 in six dives for her first win of the season.
It was an uneven start for the Jamestown High School volleyball team on Friday, but that was not unexpected. The Blue Jays fell to Grand Forks Red River (3-0) and Fargo Davies (2-1) sandwiched around a 3-0 win over Valley City at the Bismarck/Century Invite. "We got some work to do but we knew we would. We're not surprised by that," coach Sara Hegerle said. "It's something good to sort of base where we are and where we need to be.
From a coach's perspective, one game per season between the University of Jamestown and Valley City State might do the trick. But for everybody else, two seems to be the preferred number. The first of those meetings is today at 1 p.m., at Rollie Greeno Field. "Shawn (Frank) and I have talked at it's kind of like 'maybe once is enough, get it out of the way and move on the with the season,'" VCSU head coach Dennis McCulloch said. "But, the game is just really popular. The crowd that comes, the atmosphere, it's tough to beat and the players really seem to thrive on it.
As expected, it was a tough way to open up for the Jimmie volleyball team. Ranked 24th in the NAIA, the University of Jamestown fell to 10th-ranked Columbia, Mo. and No. 13 Davenport, Mich., on Friday at the Red Raider Classic in Sioux City, Iowa. Despite losing 3-0 to Columbia, coach Jon Hegerle was pleased with his team's fight. A shaky start was disappointing against Davenport, but the Jimmies came back to win the third set before losing 3-1. "We have a lot of inexperienced players and that was kinda their initiation to playing at this level," head coach Jon Hegerle said.
A first and second amounted to a solid start for the University of Jamestown golf teams. The Jimmie women, behind medalist Ashley Barnhart, swept the top 10 spots in a small women's field, while the men took second out of six at the season-opening UJ Fall Kickoff at Jamestown Country Club on Wednesday. Tough pin placements and fast greens proved to be a formidable challenge. It was a memorable win for Barnhart, who struggled last season to find her form. "She had the shanks last year, but she really has a good working relationship with coach (Dustin) Jensen and she worked hard over the s