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University of Jamestown volleyball waded through three sets of soul searching Tuesday at the Corn Palace before bursting back to life. The Jimmies opened Great Plains Athletic Conference play with a 3-1 victory over Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D., erupting in the fourth set 25-15 after hanging on early 25-22, 26-24, 18-25. Jamestown was coming off last Saturday's disheartening 3-0 loss to Central Methodist University, which broke up the Jimmies' perfect start to the season and subsequently knocked UJ out of the NAIA's top 25 rankings this week.
Jamestown High School moved up from fifth to fourth in the latest Class AA football statewide media poll released Tuesday. The Blue Jays (1-1) defeated Watford City 47-6 last Friday on the road and will host third-ranked Central Cass (2-0) this Friday, Sept. 7, at Ernie Gates Field beginning at 7 p.m.
Jimmie women's soccer ranked University of Jamestown women's soccer went from receiving three points to 90 in the latest NAIA women's soccer coaches' top 25 poll. The Jimmies (3-1) are ranked 25th in the country in the poll released Tuesday. Jamestown was on the outside looking in when the preseason top 25 poll was released Aug. 14, one of two teams garnering three votes.
DICKINSON, N.D.—University of Jamestown's second game of the season didn't start well and got worse prior to halftime Saturday at Henry Biesiot Activities Center. Trailing 13th-ranked Dickinson State University 21-0 after the opening quarter, the Jimmies' junior running back Allen Jevning suffered a left ankle injury in the second quarter and was seen on crutches to start the third. The Blue Hawks rolled past the Jimmies 51-0, pushing Dickinson State's winning streak over Jamestown to 15 games.
University of Jamestown women's volleyball passed its first stiff test of the 2018 campaign Friday at the Sarpy County Tourism Labor Day Classic in Bellevue, Neb. The 25th-ranked Jimmies toppled 23rd-ranked Ottawa (Kan.) in five sets: 25-16, 27-29, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9. Jamestown stayed undefeated, improving to 6-0. "(Ottawa) was a lot different than the teams we've played," UJ coach Jon Hegerle said. "They kept coming at us and it was a pretty dramatic match."
University of Jamestown's Matt Young placed third in the men's 5K to lead the Jimmie cross country teams Friday at the Concordia Triangular in Moorhead, Minn. Young covered the course 16 minutes, 18.5 seconds. The Jimmies' Aaron Ford (16:57.8) placed fifth, helping Jamestown capture fourth of five teams. The race consisted of 46 total runners. "Matt and Aaron raced hard in a field that was top heavy," said UJ cross country coach Jim Clark. "Dustin Wagner (16th) ran a good race. We faded after a good early pach through the rest of our guys."
University of Jamestown's Ruben Zepeda carries himself like a seasoned veteran on the soccer field. Only a sophomore, Zepeda buried UJ's first two goals of the 2018 season Friday at Jimmie Turf Field, lifting Jamestown men's soccer to a 4-1 result over Clarke University (Iowa). Zepeda, from Puebla, Mexico, tallied seven goals for the Jimmies last season and the team's top returning offensive threat didn't disappoint out of the gate.
University of Jamestown's Liliana Cortes could not stop smiling at the thought of Jamestown possibly hosting the first NAIA women's wrestling national competition. The senior from Chicago, like most female wrestlers, grew up competing with mostly boys and navigated a challenging path to eventually end up as a Jimmie in the sport she loves. The NAIA's decision this year to adopt women's wrestling as an invitational sport was a monumental moment in the lives of wrestlers like Cortes, who will now have an independent home at the collegiate level.
Jordan Mann is relishing his role as University of Jamestown starting quarterback. The former Bismarck High product and the rest of the Jimmies broke a string of six consecutive season-opening losses with a thrilling 28-26 win over rival Valley City State last Saturday at Rollie Greeno Field. Mann completed 8-of-19 passing attempts for 131 yards and a score in his first game as the Jimmies' undisputed signal caller. "It's really fun, I'm not gonna lie," Mann said. "It's a lot of work, obviously, studying a lot and everything like that along those lines. But I enjoy it."
Jamestown High School weathered a handful of storms Tuesday night at Bolinger Courts and came out winners. The Blue Jays opened West Region play with a decisive 6-3 win over Mandan. Three of the Jays' six wins were three-set victories, starting with Isaac Mimong at No. 2 singles and Ryder Lunzman at No. 3 singles. Mimong took down Kamdin Sedivec 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 and Lunzman dispatched Trevor Elijah 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.