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Sam Johnson is shooting the ball when the Jimmies need a big bucket, and the senior forward has been money. Johnson's fourth 3-pointer of the second half Tuesday came with 90 seconds left and buried visiting Minnesota Crookston at Harold Newman Arena. It handed the University of Jamestown an 86-83 lead after a wild 23-5 run by the Jimmies earlier in the half erased a 17-point deficit, and Jamestown hung on to beat the NCAA Division II Golden Eagles 87-85.
Jamestown High School boys hockey is off to a 1-0 start for a second consecutive season. The Blue Jays received a pair of goals and an assist from senior forward Devin Hofmann Tuesday in Grafton, helping Jamestown top the Spoilers 5-2 in the season opener for the second straight year. Senior Parker Stockert scored unassisted in the second period to breakup a 1-1 tie, and eighth-grader Alex Senf scored his first varsity goal in the third to put the Jays up 3-1. Senior goalie Matthew Schneider made 38 saves.
Jamestown High School ended last year's boys hockey season on a sour note. The Blue Jays were upset 3-2 by Williston in loser-out play of the West Region tournament, ending the team's campaign at 9-14. Jamestown had blanked the Coyotes in two games during the regular season by a combined score of 11-0.
University of Jamestown women's basketball held off a 21-8 run in the fourth quarter by the Beavers of Minot State Monday in the Magic City. The Jimmies defeated the Beavers 80-77 after leading by 16 points to start the final frame, improving to 6-2 on the season. Paige Emmel (17 points), Bryn Woodside (15), McKayla Orr (11) and Allison Jablonsky (11) all hit double figures in scoring for Jamestown. The Jimmies went just 7-for-32 from behind the 3-point arc. Woodside dished out eight assists, while Marina Nowak hauled in eight rebounds for the Jimmies.
FARGO—There was no pressure on sophomore Lauren Ware and the Bismarck Century Patriots Saturday at the Fargodome. The two-time defending Class A volleyball state champions were supposed to be rebuilding after graduating nine seniors and three all-state performers on last year's 41-win squad. "People kinda doubted us," Ware said. "I think that really fueled us to work our hardest and I think everything worked out the way that we wanted it to."
University of Jamestown's Matthew Young improved his national finish yet again Saturday in Vancouver, Wash. The junior from Woodland, Wash., placed 43rd of 328 runners at the NAIA national cross country championships. Young covered the 8,000 meters in 25 minutes, 39 seconds—his fastest time in three trips to nationals. Young placed 166th as a freshman and 93rd last season.
Jamestown High School's five dual wins on the wrestling mat last season was a step in the right direction. The Blue Jays, largely young and inexperienced, not only weathered another winter of rebuilding, the team sent five wrestlers to the state tournament and won three more duals (5-16) than the previous season. Jamestown returns four of those state-qualifiers and former state-placer Ethan Bowman, who went down with a back injury as a freshman. The Jays open the season Tuesday hosting Bismarck Century at 7 p.m.
FARGO—Bismarck Century captured the three-peat in North Dakota Class A volleyball Saturday night at the Fargodome. The Patriots' 6-foot-4 sophomore middle hitter Lauren Ware scored six of the first nine points of a deciding fifth set against Jamestown High School via kill. Century stormed out to an 11-2 lead and defeated the Blue Jays 3-2, 15-10 in the fifth. "We knew that we had to come out with a lot of momentum and I think all my teammates helped out with that," said Ware, who finished with a match-high 27 kills. "Our energy was so high. I'm speechless."
FARGO—Megan Gaffaney and the Blue Jays don't know the meaning of quit. The Jamestown High School senior setter laid it all on the line—literally—in a deciding fifth set of the state Class A volleyball semifinals Friday at the Fargodome. Gaffaney's sliding play to keep a ball alive fell for a Blue Jay point against Mandan, and Jamestown is headed back to the state championship match for the first time since winning it all in 2013.
Jamestown High School's senior volleyball players would have made a pretty salty team in their own right this season. Between all-state performers at setter and libero, a pair of reliable front-row attackers, a solid defensive specialist and a jack-of-all-trades, who'd want to face them? Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle asked herself that question Tuesday at the high school. "What I was thinking about today was how those six seniors could make their own team," Hegerle said. "They have all the pieces of a good one: the passing, the defending, the setting, the hitting.