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University of Jamestown freshman Tate Olson fired on even-par 72 Tuesday, leading the Jimmie men's golf team to a second-place finish at the Yellowjacket Fall Invitational in Billings, Mont. Olson placed third overall in the three-round tournament with a 2-under-par 214, highlighted by Monday's second-round 68 at Lake Hills Golf Course. The Jimmies finished at 1 under as a team (863) but couldn't chase down NCAA Division II Concordia University (Ore.), which turned in a combined 8-under 856.
A different setup produced similar results for Jamestown Blue Jay boys tennis Monday at Bolinger Courts. Facing Bismarck in a non-conference 4-3 dual, the Blue Jays swept all four singles matches and dispatched the Demons 5-2. Jamestown improved to 5-3 overall, having also defeated Bismarck 8-1 in West Region action back on Sept. 4.
The University of Jamestown men's soccer team fell 5-0 to 10th-ranked Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) on Sunday in Billings, Mont. The Battlin’ Bears (4-1-0) tallied twice in the first half and three more times in the second, outshooting the Jimmies 23-4. Jake Askew made seven saves and Alex Hamer added five more for UJ. The Jimmies (1-2-1) play at 16th-ranked Bellevue University (6-0-2) this Saturday, Sept. 15, in Bellevue, Neb.
University of Jamestown received its formal introduction to Great Plains Athletic Conference football Saturday at Rollie Greeno Field. It was also introduced to the NAIA's returning leader in interceptions: Northwestern College's Bryce Van Beek. Van Beek picked off University of Jamestown quarterback Jordan Mann three times in the second quarter—taking one 49 yards and into the end zone—leading the seventh-ranked Red Raiders to a 49-7 victory over the Jimmies.
University of Jamestown's Matthew Young turned in a gutsy performance Friday at the MSU-Moorhead Twilight cross country meet. The senior from Woodland, Wash., made up 40 meters on University of Mary's Derek Mayers in the final 100 of 7,000 meters to claim second in 22 minutes, 25.80 seconds. MSU-Moorhead's Nadir Yusuf won the race in 22:19.30, with Myers crossing third in 22:26.40.
University of Jamestown women's volleyball was greeted with an impressively large crowd for its home opener Friday at Harold Newman Arena. After starting the season with eight matches on the road, it was a lot to take in for junior middle blocker Britta Knudson. "It was kind of intimidating, I'm not going to lie," Knudson laughed. "It was nerve-wracking just seeing everyone, but it felt good to finally be back."
The 25th-ranked University of Jamestown women's soccer team lost 4-0 at fourth-ranked Vanguard Univesity in Costa Mesa, Calif. on Friday. Jimmie senior goalie Lauren Sayler was kept busy all match. Sayler made 15 saves, as the Lions outshot the Jimies 38-4. The Lions scored just once in the first half when Emily Miramontes found the back of the net unassisted. The home team tacked on three more after the break.
Coach Tracy Gustafson said the Blue Jays kept their composure Friday at Tom O'Leary Golf Course in Bismarck, but a few opportunities were missed en route to seventh-place 389 team score at the Bismarck High Invitational. Lauryn Hibl broke into the 80s for a third time this season for JHS girls golf, carding a team-leading 88. The result was good enough to finish in a tie for 13th individually.
Big plays stung University of Jamestown football early during last Saturday's 51-0 loss at 13th-ranked Dickinson State University. Specifically, touchdown passes of 60 and 57 yards converted by the Blue Hawks in the opening quarter. The latter came on a third-and-15 just two plays after Jamestown junior defensive end Gavin Pancirov sacked Dickinson State quarterback Hayden Gibson for an 11-yard loss back at the Blue Hawks' 37-yard line. Dickinson State also overcame both a third-and-10 and a third-and-13 in its first of three scoring drives of quarter No. 1.
University of Jamestown and Harold Newman Arena have been selected to host the inaugural NAIA women's wrestling invitational tournament. Jamestown was announced as a finalist for the national event, which will take place March 15-16, last month. The NAIA made its announcement Wednesday.