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"Shlebby" had a good day Monday for University of Jamestown women's soccer. The Californian tallied a pair of goals and an assist during the Jimmies' 10-0 victory over the Providence Pilots at Jimmie Turf Field. But how did senior midfielder Shelby Webb end up with such a unique moniker? "One time when we were away for a game they messed up my name, twice," Webb said. "One time they called me Shelly and one time they called me Shlebby, and it just stuck ever since then."
Lauryn Hibl and Cora Wolsky scored their best rounds of the season Monday for the Blue Jays, and teammate Kyra Vogel shot a second straight 88 at the Minot Invitational. It all added up to Jamestown High School's best girls golf team score through six events. The Blue Jays carded a combined 363 at Vardon Golf Club to finish sixth of nine teams.
-- Due to the inclement weather Saturday night, the Zonta Club of Jamestown’s 50/50 split-pot raffle did not have a winner claim the prize, despite two tickets being drawn. All money will be rolled over into the upcoming Stampede 50/50 split-pot raffle.
Saturday's fan favorite at Jamestown Speedway gave it everything she had. Leann Christensen was unable to claim what would have been the first track championship of her career, after a poor starting draw for the heats put her five-point lead in the bomber track standings in jeopardy from the very beginning of track title night. Clay Gentzkow, the 22-year-old wheelman from LaMoure, drove from seventh to third in the 15-lap feature and won the points title by eight points over Christensen.
JAMESTOWN—Andrew Jensen and University of Jamestown football squashed years of frustration Saturday at Rollie Greeno Field. Jensen sacked Valley City State University sophomore quarterback Jalen Pfeifer on a two-point conversion attempt in the final minute of the 120th meeting between the Vikings and the Jimmies, sending Jamestown to a 28-26 victory over archrival Valley City State. The Jimmies have possession of the prized Paint Bucket Trophy for the first time since 2013.
Blue Jay volleyball might look different right away, but the results remained the same Friday night in Belcourt. Jamestown High School's Courtney Peterson scored 16 kills in a convincing 25-8, 25-9, 25-9 victory over Turtle Mountain Community High School to open the season. Junior setter Kameron Selvig, who has replaced reigning Class A senior player of the year Megan Gaffaney, turned up 26 assists.
University of Jamestown women's soccer is proving early it belongs ranked in the NAIA's top 25. The Jimmies defeated 18th-ranked Central Methodist (Mo.) 3-1 to open the season Friday in Fayette, Mo. Sophomore forward Kristin Breaux scored twice, senior back Jaelyn Lowery tallied once and senior goalkeeper Lauren Sayler made four saves for the Jimmies. Jamestown scored three unanswered goals, all coming in the first 25 minutes of the match, after falling behind 1-0 in the second minute. The Jimmies made Central Methodist goalkeeper Ashlynn Freeman come up with nine saves.
Hit-and-miss thunderstorms have tried to put a damper on the Jimmies' current volleyball trip to the Miami Beach-area of Florida. But the weather hasn't affected University of Jamestown's hot start to the season. The 25th-ranked Jimmies swept past Florida National and Warner University (Fla.) on Friday, and haven't lost a set so far at the St. Thomas Invitational in Miami Gardens, Fla. Jamestown (3-0) wraps up the tournament facing Keiser University (Fla.) tomorrow at 8 a.m.
Jamison Fettig and Nathan Weigel are gonna be a handful this fall in 9-man football. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter's 1-2 offensive punch is back for a final season. Both rushed for over 1,000 yards for the Imperials as juniors during last season's 9-1 campaign, while Fettig tossed for over 1,500 yards in his first crack at quarterback.
Central Dakota football coach George Straub didn't mince words discussing the Titans' offensive plans for 2018. "We're going to go back to Titan football and how it used to be played," Straub said. "We're going to run it, run it and run it. Ground and pound."