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Hang another D-II pelt on the wall for the Jimmies. Ranked 12th in the NAIA, the University of Jamestown defeated St. Cloud State 81-69 on Saturday. Like the Jimmies win over the University of Mary on Nov. 1, it does not count in the standings, but it's another eye-opening road victory. "Crookston blew us out last year, but other than that we've been really close in these D-II games so it's been nice to get over the hump this year," UJ coach Greg Ulland said. "Those are two good teams we've been able to beat, so it's definitely encouraging."
Playing important games in November has been the rallying cry for Josh Kittell the past two weeks. Despite a three-game winning streak late in Kittell's first season as head coach, the Jimmies aren't quite there yet. Dickinson State is and it showed on Saturday at Rollie Greeno Field. Behind a virtually flawless first half performance, the 15th-ranked Blue Hawks rolled into the NAIA playoffs with a 41-14 victory to end the University of Jamestown's season on a sour note. Dickinson State scored all 41 of its points in the first half.
Playing important games in November has been the rallying cry for Josh Kittell the past two weeks. Despite a three-game winning streak late in Kittell’s first season, the Jimmies aren’t...
For Kaleb Garcia, and his fellow seniors, it's been a "week of lasts." The University of Jamestown football team finishes its season on Saturday against 15th-ranked Dickinson State at Rollie Greeno Field. The Jimmies are looking to carry momentum into the offseason, but for Garcia and 10 other seniors it's the end of the road. "It's definitely been a rollercoaster of emotions. Everyday you're doing something for the last time," the Chandler, Ariz., native said. "I'm just trying to cope with it and see how I feel next week. It's going to be strange."
Dean Stork was disappointed with his team's effort at home, but Minot State coach Wade Regier is a big fan. The perennial ACHA Division I power Beavers earned a 3-2 win at Wilson Arena Friday night, holding off a late rally by the University of Jamestown. "We're better than that, much better. Our energy tonight sucked," said the UJ head coach. "There just wasn't enough enthusiasm on the ice. "This is a tough one. We just have to forget about it and move on."
After losing the first set, the University of Jamestown steamrolled back and into the North Star Athletic Association tournament championship match. The Jimmies defeated Bellevue (Neb.) 23-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-22 on Friday in LaCrosse, Wisc. Haley Glasoe had 12 kills and six blocks while Kaitlin Anderson totaled 12 kills and four blocks for the 23rd-ranked Jimmies, who defeated the 17th-ranked Bruins for the second time this season.
Jamestown's contingent competing at the state swimming and diving meet this weekend is 12-strong. And while they handle themselves quite well in the water—the Blue Jays placed fourth at the West Region meet last weekend—it's a group that succeeds on land too.
Jamestown finished off a lopsided opening round of the West Region volleyball tournament in Minot on Thursday night. The Blue Jays routed Mandan 25-16, 25-14, 25-18 to move within one win of a trip to the state tournament. After Bismarck Century, Bismarck High and Bismarck Legacy each swept, the third-seeded Blue Jays set up a semifinal showdown with Legacy with a commanding win over the Braves. "We played really good, disciplined volleyball," JHS coach Sara Hegerle said. "We didn't let things get out of our control one way or the other."
Losing in late September set up a stellar sprint to the finish for Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, according to one of its best players. The Thunder will play for the Class A championship Friday morning at the Fargodome, but Clayton Grueneich believes it all started with one of the team's two defeats. "After losing to Northern Cass, we changed up some things up and everything started clicking," said Grueneich, who has run for a whopping 30 touchdowns this season. "We've been taking it one game at a time and it's been working pretty good."
Four University of Jamestown cross country runners are headed for nationals—one of them on a win. Matt Young turned in a lifetime-best time in winning the North Star Athletic Association championship on Saturday in Dickinson to top a strong day for the Jimmies. Young, along with Amber Posner, Allie Foster and Christa Lysne, all earned trips to the NAIA national championships Nov. 19 at Elsah, Ill. Young ran a time of 26 minutes, 4.44 seconds.