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University of Jamestown men's basketball lost Wednesday night at Harold Newman Arena, but the orange and black earned a ton of respect. Tied with 10th-ranked Briar Cliff with less than 6 minutes to play, the Chargers put the ball into the hands of its All-American: senior guard Erich Erdman. Erdman nailed a 3-pointer and scored five straight points to break an 82-all tie, and Briar Cliff hung on to beat the Jimmies 104-98. Both teams were undefeated and averaging over 100 points per game offensively entering the opening night of Great Plains Athletic Conference play.
LAMOURE, N.D.—Nicole Schmitz and the Oakes Tornadoes are one match away from all the hard work paying off. The junior outside hitter tallied 15 kills Tuesday against Linton-HMB in the semifinals of the Region 3 volleyball tournament. Oakes swept the Lions 3-0 and will play Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter in Thursday's championship at 6:30 p.m. "You just imagine playing in that atmosphere with all those people watching you waiting to get to state," Schmitz said. "It feels amazing."
LAMOURE, N.D.—There aren't many 5-foot-5 middle blockers making a living playing volleyball. But if that's the position a player excels at in North Dakota high school Class B, then that's where a player plays. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter's Alexa Young scored one of her match-high 10 blocks during a 6-0 Imperials' run to open a deciding fifth set Tuesday against Carrington in the Region 3 tournament semifinals. Young and the Imperials topped the Cardinals 15-9 for a 3-2 match victory and will play District 5 champion Oakes in Thursday's championship at 6:30 p.m.
A tough night of shooting turned into the first loss of the season for University of Jamestown women's basketball. The Jimmies managed just 22 second-half points on 7 of 28 from the field against rival Valley City State University on Monday. The Vikings scored 21 in the fourth quarter alone, flipping a 33-30 Jimmie halftime lead into a 67-55 Vikings victory at Harold Newman Arena. Jamestown finished 17 of 61 from the floor all told, including 7 of 31 from 3-point range. The Jimmies begin Great Plains Athletic Conference play Wednesday hosting Briar Cliff at 6 p.m.
University of Jamestown quarterback Jordan Mann accounted for 315 yards of offense and the Jimmies upset Hastings College 41-39 Saturday, Nov. 3, in Hastings, Neb. Mann tossed for 189 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while rushing the ball 14 times for 126 yards and two more scores, in a game that produced 1,019 combined yards of total offense. Jamestown pounded the ball on the ground for 323 yards, including 112 yards and a score by sophomore running back Allen Jevning, one week after accounting for just 69 rushing yards in a 41-21 loss at home to Dakota Wesleyan.
Half-court offense will be a work in progress for University of Jamestown women's basketball in the early going. But the Jimmies' defensive tenacity appears able to weather a few scoring bugaboos. The 16th-ranked Jimmies improved to 3-0 on Saturday with a 61-49 victory over Mayville State University at Harold Newman Arena. Jamestown used 15 unanswered points to snap a 46-all tie with a little less than 6 minutes to play in the fourth period.
The Great Plains Athletic Conference women's volleyball tournament isn't a whole lot different than the NAIA national tournament talent-wise. University of Jamestown drew Midland University for Saturday's opening quarterfinals in Fremont, Neb. Two of five teams ranked inside the NAIA's top 25 in the tournament, the 23rd-ranked Jimmies fell 3-1 to the 11th-ranked Warriors and will now pin their national tournament hopes on receiving one of possibly 10 at-large bids into the 44-team field.
University of Jamestown trailed 28-0 in the second quarter of a football game in which it allowed 11 1/2 sacks last Saturday, Oct. 27, at Rollie Greeno Field. The Jimmies wound up losing to visiting Dakota Wesleyan University 41-21, but the sun came up the next day. With two games to play, Jamestown plans to finish its first season in the Great Plains Athletic Conference strong beginning this weekend in Hastings, Neb. Jamestown (2-7, 1-6 GPAC) is at Hastings College (4-5, 2-5) Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.
Zach Zurbrugg averaged .329 over 70 at-bats for the University of Jamestown baseball team last season. Certainly not shabby, but Jack Brown Stadium's most recent renovation should help the senior catcher improve on those numbers. Members of the Jimmies got to see the the stadium's newly installed batting cages on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The approximately $91,000 project eliminated safety and drainage issues with the former cages, while increasing in capacity from three cages to four.
A more gut-wrenching end to what was a promising University of Jamestown women's soccer season could not have been scripted Wednesday night at Jimmie Turf Field.