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The Dordt College Defenders have played in back-to-back NAIA women's volleyball national tournament championship matches, and it was easy to see as to why Tuesday night at Harold Newman Arena. Dordt, along with its first team All-Americans Ema Altena on the outside and Jamie De Jager directing the offense from the setter position, frustrated University of Jamestown for three sets. The eighth-ranked Defenders used relentless pressure and a seemingly telepathic offensive at times to cruise 25-18, 25-22, 25-22 over the Jimmies.
Jamestown High School's Isaac Mimong and Ryder Pringle won't be shouldering too much pressure heading into this weekend's individual state tennis tournament. Both will be making their first appearance in the state singles championship. Mimong, the West Region's fifth-seeded player, and Pringle, the West's eighth seed, begin the two-day tournament Friday at Choice Health & Fitness in Grand Forks.
University of Jamestown head football coach Josh Kittell said earlier this week the Jimmies needed to start creating their own luck to finish off games in the fourth quarter. The Jimmies delivered Saturday, Oct. 6, at Rollie Greeno Field against Briar Cliff University. Senior linebacker Caleb Ellingson came up with the football on a mishandled 26-yard field goal attempt by the Chargers in the final 68 seconds, and the Jimmies collected their breath in a thrilling 34-32 homecoming victory.
The Blue Jay volleyball team stayed crisp Friday during pool play at the Scheels Invitational in Fargo. Jamestown High School didn't drop a set in 2-0 victories against Grand Forks Central, Central Cass and Bismarck Legacy. Legacy had defeated the Blue Jays twice this season, the last by way of a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 21 in Bismarck. "That was a nice turnaround from a week ago when we got beat by Legacy pretty easily in three," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "The kids are excited and looking forward to tomorrow."
University of Jamestown homecoming king Anthony Vereen is in the business of making people happy. The night before the 290-pound senior offensive tackle was scheduled to protect Jimmie quarterback Jordan Mann's blind side, Vereen was putting smiles on the faces of those in attendance for Friday's University of Jamestown wind ensemble homecoming performance at Reiland Fine Arts Center.
Kori Buchanan's full potential on the volleyball court is being realized this fall for University of Jamestown. The 5-foot-8 senior from Colfax, Wisc., scored seven kills and three ace serves during Wednesday's 3-0 sweep of Presentation College at Harold Newman Arena, an unusual stat line for Buchanan prior to 2018. University of Jamestown head coach Jon Hegerle's jump-serving specialist the last two seasons, Buchanan was never really called on to attack much in the past. Like, almost never.
Burgers, hot dogs and hockey. If that sounds like a good time, which it should, make plans to head over to John L. Wilson Arena tomorrow evening. University of Jamestown men's hockey will be opening its home season against in-state rival Minot State at 7 p.m., and prior to the drop of the puck the North Dakota National Guard will be supplying free burgers and hot dogs in the arena parking lot beginning at 5 p.m.
Jamestown High School had been looking for a signature win on the volleyball court all season and the Blue Jays got it Tuesday night at Jerry Meyer Arena. Playing with purpose, energy and—maybe most importantly—a sense that they belong, the Jays upset Mandan 3-1 in West Region play. Jamestown had lost three of its last four entering the match.
Class A Girls State Golf Meet At Jamestown Country Club Final team scores 1. Bismarck Century 332-329--661; 2. Minot 345-334--679; 3. Fargo Shanley 358-354--712; 4. (tie) Mandan 365-351--716; Grand Forks Red River 354-362--716; 6. West Fargo Sheyenne 361-357--718; 7. Williston 372-361--733; 8. Bismarck St. Mary's 372-367--739; 9. Fargo North 381-366--747; 10. Jamestown 386-369--755; 11. Fargo Davies 389-368--757; 12. Grand Forks Central 420-404--824. Final Top 10 individuals
The Jimmies women's golf team shaved 17 strokes off its opening round Tuesday at the Great Plains Athletic Conference fall qualifier in Vermillion, S.D. As a result, University of Jamestown sits second through the first 36 holes at 79-over-par 655, 50 strokes back of tournament leader Morningside. The final 36 holes will be played this April 26-27 at York Country Club in York, Neb.