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University of Jamestown women's soccer doesn't plan on making life easy for Briar Cliff this Halloween at Jimmie Turf Field. The Jimmies (11-5-2) and the Chargers (9-8-1) will square off in a quarterfinal match of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 p.m. The winner will most likely be heading to Hastings, Neb., on Nov. 3 to tangle with the 13th-ranked Broncos in the conference semifinals.
Northwestern College swept the University of Jamestown volleyball team for a second time this season Saturday in Orange City, Iowa. The Jimmie offense wasn't able to find much success against the ninth-ranked Red Raiders, finishing with an attacking percentage of .072 and falling 25-12, 25-22, 25-15. Northwestern entered the match ranked first in the NAIA in kills per set (14.2) and fifth in hitting percentage (.286).
With two games left to play in the 2018 season, University of Jamestown head football coach Josh Kittell wants to find out who's in it for the long haul. A team that began the fall with 54 true freshmen in the preseason took another blow to the chin Saturday at Rollie Greeno Field. The Jimmies allowed 28 unanswered points in the first half to visiting Dakota Wesleyan, falling to the Tigers 41-21.
Friday's emotional Pink Power volleyball match at Jamestown High School was chicken soup for the soul. Held in honor of former JHS varsity volleyball assistant and current middle school coach and counselor Lindsey Quichocho, not many eyes remained dry when Quichocho addressed the crowd between sets 2 and 3 of a meaningful West Region match between the Blue Jays and Dickinson. Quichocho has been battling stage 2 breast cancer since May and received her fourth and final round of chemotherapy in Fargo just hours before the match.
Last Saturday's game script from Sioux Center, Iowa, doesn't read too terribly bad for the University of Jamestown football team. The Jimmies racked up 27 first downs and 373 yards of offense, en route to dominating time of possession 37:56 to 19:02 against Dordt College. But a handful of UJ mistakes morphed into the backbreaking variety during a 49-18 victory for the Defenders.
Lindsey Quichocho hasn't let any of her life's events the past six months get her down, but a single phrase has become a sticking point. "I'm kinda sick of hearing I'm young in the cancer world," said the 35-year-old Quichocho. "But according to them, I am." Impossible to detect through Quichocho's inherently upbeat voice and outlook, the Jamestown Middle School counselor and mother to 6-year-old daughter, Nola, has been battling stage 2 breast cancer since May.
Jack Talley is one of many offensive weapons possessed by the University of Jamestown men's basketball team this season. His number was up Wednesday night and the 6-foot-5 forward didn't disappoint. Talley's big-time 3-ball from the left wing thrust Jamestown to an 85-84 lead against Presentation College with 1 minute, 45 seconds remaining in the game. It was the Jimmies' first lead since 12:43 remained in the second half and the home team held on for a thrilling 89-86 win over a determined Saints squad at Harold Newman Arena.
University of Jamestown women's basketball has been known to defend the length of the court and point guard Kasey Harper received the memo. The sophomore transfer from NCAA Division II University of Minnesota Crookston came up with a pair of steals and scored five points during a 13-0 Jimmie run to end the first half Wednesday against Presentation College. The 16th-ranked Jimmies moved to 2-0 with a 71-49 victory after forcing 26 turnovers and limiting the Saints to 18 of 51 from the field at Harold Newman Arena.
University of Jamestown women's basketball is replacing 3,016 career points from the perimeter this season and Emma Stoehr helped the Jimmies answer the bell Monday night. The sophomore forward scored eight straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers near the left baseline, sparking a 17-2 Jimmie run over the final four minutes of the first period against visiting Dickinson State University. Stoehr would finish 4 of 9 from the 3-point arc and post a team-leading 16 points, helping the Jimmies open the season with an 88-57 victory over the Blue Hawks at Harold Newman Arena.
University of Jamestown women's basketball is ranked sixth of 12 teams in the Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball preseason coaches' poll, released Monday. Concordia (Neb.) is ranked ahead of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) for the top spot. Dakota Wesleyan defeated Concordia for the NAIA Division II women's basketball national tournament championship in Sioux City, Iowa, last season, after the Bulldogs won both the GPAC regular season and tournament titles.