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University of Jamestown football fans filing into Rollie Greeno Field will need to make sure to grab a program. Jamestown head coach Josh Kittell had 54 true freshmen listed on his preseason roster prior to fall camp on Aug. 3. The Jimmies are jumping directly into the fire with its non-conference schedule facing rival Valley City State University on Aug. 25. A victory over the Vikings would hand the Paint Bucket Trophy over to the Jimmies for the first time since 2013.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NEB.—Josh Kittell would rather forget the only time University of Jamestown faced Morningside College (Iowa) on the football field. The Jimmies' current head coach tossed four interceptions at Rollie Greeno Field that November day in 2007, and the current face of Great Plains Athletic Conference football ran roughshod over the Jimmies 45-14 in the opening round of the NAIA playoffs.
Leann Christensen has had her best season behind the wheel. She's done the math, knows her competition and realizes what scenarios will place her at the top of the podium Saturday night at Jamestown Speedway. Now it all boils down to executing the exact same thing that has put her in position to win her first track championship in the first place. "Just keep calm. That's the main thing," Christensen said. "Stay calm, drive smooth and don't make any mistakes."
Limiting mistakes and controlling the trenches is what University of Jamestown head football coach Josh Kittell hopes will lead to a victory Saturday at Rollie Greeno Field. The Jimmies open the 2018 season with a doozy, squaring off against rival Valley City State University in the 72nd meeting for the Paint Bucket Trophy. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
University of Jamestown women's soccer should be playing with a chip on its shoulder starting Friday in Missouri, and for good reason. After winning a program record 14 matches and cracking the NAIA top 25 coaches' poll for the first time ever in 2017, the Jimmies garnered three votes in the national preseason poll released earlier this month after graduating just three players. Ranked fourth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference behind Hastings, Concordia and Midland, the Jimmies feel as if they have something to prove and the players to prove it.
Kyra Vogel did her part in a 24-hour, 34-stroke turnaround for Jamestown High School girls golf Tuesday in Dickinson. The sophomore shot a new tournament personal-best 88, helping the Blue Jays turn in a 385 team score at Heart River Golf Course. Jamestown placed sixth of nine teams at the Dickinson Invite, one day after carding a 419 at Links of North Dakota in Williston. "(Monday) was a long, rough day for us. However, we managed to putt well," JHS coach Tracy Gustafson said. "Today's round in Dickinson went much better."
Monday was a good day for Jamestown hoops. Local high school standout Mason Walters became the latest addition to sign on the dotted line for University of Jamestown men's basketball and head coach Danny Neville. The 6-foot-6 Walters, who will be a senior at Jamestown High School when classes fire up this Thursday, earned Class A second team all-state accolades after averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season for the Blue Jays.
The first meeting between Jamestown and West Fargo Sheyenne in high school boys soccer got away from the Blue Jays. A physical Mustangs team muscled five unanswered goals into the Jamestown net in the second half of Friday's East-West Crossover clash at Rotary Field. West Fargo Sheyenne opened the 2018 season with a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays. "It's hard to recover from that," Jamestown coach Mark Sherfy said of Sheyenne's flurry. "They're physically strong and that's one of the things we really struggle to deal with is pace and strength."
University of Jamestown's conference volleyball schedule is a veritable who's who in the NAIA. There's second-ranked Dordt (Iowa) and seventh-ranked Northwestern (Iowa). Then there's 10th-ranked Hastings (Neb.) and 11th-ranked Midland (Neb.). Oh, and don't forget No. 18 Doane (Neb.) and Morningside (Iowa), which received votes in the country's preseason top 25 coaches' poll. It all spells: Welcome to the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Hole in one at Hillcrest Patty Christianson, of Jamestown, scored a hole in one Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Hillcrest Golf Course. Christianson aced the par-3, 8th at Hillcrest using a driver. The hole in one was witnessed by Sherry McGuire. Jimmie volleyball ranked 25th University of Jamestown is ranked 25th in the 2018 preseason NAIA women's volleyball coaches' top 25 poll, released Tuesday.