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An in-system Jimmie volleyball team dominated its season-opening matches Friday in North Carolina. The University of Jamestown posted 3-0 sweeps over both Rio Grande University (Ohio) and host Montreat College on day 1 of the Volley in the Mountains tournament. The Jimmies' offense rang up a hitting percentage of .423 against Rio Grande, and followed that up with a .325 clip against the Cavaliers.
There's more to the preseason than simply grinding away in practice. A large aspect of team chemistry develops off the court, and the University of Jamestown volleyball team appears to have a head start. The 17th-ranked Jimmies open the season this morning on the East Coast facing the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) and Montreat College (N.C.) in the Montreat College Tournament.
A new coach and a new season, but solid aim is still Bismarck Century's game. The defending West Region champions fired six shots into the back of the net Thursday night at Rotary Field, topping the Blue Jays 6-0. The Patriots moved to 3-0-0 in the early going. "3-0 is good, but there's always something to work on," first-year Century coach Ryan Okerson said, who also coached the Century girls team last spring. "We get complacent now and we could lose the next three. "But this team's got tons of talent from top to bottom, and I think they showed some of it tonight."
Sarah Azure is finding her stride. The Jamestown senior carded a 78 on Tuesday at the Dickinson Invite, topping her personal best round by one stroke. Azure placed eighth individually at Heart River Golf Course, helping the Blue Jays to a 347 team score and a sixth-place finish. "I drove the ball very well and hit many green-in-regulations," Azure said. "Putting started out a little challenging, but once I got used to the greens I was able to putt more consistent. "While I was playing, I knew I was doing well and just made sure to remain calm through the last hole."
The gauntlet has been thrown at the 2017 Blue Jay volleyball team. West Region coaches selected Jamestown the top team in the conference in the annual preseason coaches' poll. The ranking confirmed what coach Sara Hegerle and the Jays have expected of themselves since last fall's trip to the Class A state tournament. Jamestown opens the season Friday and Saturday at the East-West Bismarck Invitational.
The last thing an eighth-grade goalkeeper wants to do is let his high school teammates down. Jamestown's Jay Kupitz answered the bell Tuesday night at Rotary Field. His seven saves helped the Blue Jays shutout Bismarck St. Mary's 1-0 in the West Region soccer opener for both teams. "My team really helped me out there, I couldn't have done it without them," Kupitz said after recording his first career clean sheet. "The defense played strong today, and the feeling, it's just phenomenal."
Arin Beyer's racing career began like most do. A rookie two seasons ago, the 23-year-old driver from Jamestown was forced to pay his dues, struggling to qualify for the weekly feature field at his hometown track. But all those payments finally garnered him full membership into the club Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. Beyer parked his WISSOTA Midwest Modified in victory lane, winning the 20-lap feature from the pole position.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—The battle for Saturday's IMCA Sanders Modified Challenge Tour race lead at Jamestown Speedway lasted just one corner. In fact, it was over before most people could probably say the winner's name out loud: Austin Arneson.
Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter hit the ground running in 9-man football Friday night. The Imperials rolled 50-28 over visiting Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page in Napoleon to open the season. N-G-S scored eight times against the Spartans and led 20-0 at the half. Junior running back Nathan Weigel rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns for the home team, while junior quarterback Jamison Fettig bowled his way to 115 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 50, Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 28 FS 0 0 12 28 NGS 8 20 38 50
Austin Shafer immediately proved why he's sporting a captain's armband this season. Jamestown High School's top returning scorer capped a personally frustrating match on Friday by scoring the game-winning goal. Shafer's penalty kick, low and to the left of Fargo South keeper Jordan Reihe, lifted the Blue Jays to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins during the season-opening East-West Crossover at Rotary field.