Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota
A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.
Follow on Twitter: @MichaelSavaloja
- Member for
- 4 years 11 months
A rain delay of approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes Saturday at Jamestown Speedway didn't put a damper on Dustin Strand's recent hot streak. The two-time Northern Late Model Racing Association series champ increased his advantage in the 2018 point standings, using lapped traffic to sling past Casey Meyer and lead the final 11 laps of the 30-lap NLRA feature. The victory was the second in as many nights for the East Grand Forks driver, as Strand captured the late model feature Friday in Grand Forks.
Greg Moore has the type of unbridled passion for racing that only a 14-year-old rookie can bring to the sport. Just hearing the lad discuss his dirt-track future for 15 minutes and it's easy to forget the well-spoken young man will only be a freshman this fall at Jamestown High School.
Carrington Post 25 baseball took no prisoners at last week's Class B central region tournament in Hillsboro. Post 25 won all four games it played—including a pair over top-seeded host Hillsboro-Central Valley—en route to claiming the region title and qualifying for a fifth state tournament in as many seasons. LaMoure Post 19 and Kidder County Post 231 are also locked into this summer's American Legion state Class B tournament, which begins Wednesday in Langdon.
A Greg Ulland recruit working a summer job has been a common sight in Jamestown over the years. Part of a larger picture, a Jimmie women's basketball player taking hamburger orders in July, for example, enabled Ulland's teams to work out together in the offseason. That type of commitment to team and community has helped guide the program to the past seven consecutive NAIA Division II national tournaments.
Greg Ulland is taking his passion for University of Jamestown from the hardcourt at Newman Arena to an office in Liechty Center/Taber Hall. The winningest head coach by percentage in Jimmie women's basketball history, Ulland became the university's vice president of enrollment management Tuesday, resigning as women's basketball coach in the process. The Strasburg, N.D., native and 2001 University of Jamestown graduate explained the move was all about timing.
The winningest coach by percentage in University of Jamestown women's basketball history has a new job. Greg Ulland accepted the position of vice president of enrollment management at the university Tuesday, according to a press release issued by the school. A search for Ulland's replacement as head women's basketball coach is currently underway. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this expanded role," stated Ulland in the release. "I look forward to sharing my love and passion for the University of Jamestown with current and future Jimmies."
University of Jamestown announced Monday the hiring of gold medal-winner Riley Salmon as the institution's first head men's volleyball coach. A native of Amarillo, Texas, Salmon earned Olympic gold at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China, as a member of the U.S. men's national volleyball team. Salmon, who will be embarking on his first voyage as a collegiate head coach, visited the campus last week and said accepting the offer from UJ athletics direction Sean Johnson was easy.
Marlyn Seidler wrapped up a mind-boggling eight consecutive nights of dirt-track racing with a feature victory Saturday at Jamestown Speedway. A real-life Iron Man, the 65-year-old from Underwood, N.D., hit all six nights of the IMCA Dakota Classic Modified Tour, plus Friday's $10,003-to-win Legendary 50 in Mandan, before driving from eighth to first where his journey began last Saturday. The Dakota Classic kicked off July 7 in Jamestown.
Tommy Falk hammered a fourth-inning line drive all the way to the right-field wall Friday at Jack Brown Stadium and was held to a single. It was one of those games for Jamestown Post 14 baseball. Falk's long base hit broke up an early no-hitter for Bismarck Representatives starter Skyler Riedinger, as Jamestown ultimately fell 8-2. But the home team is still in the driver's seat.
A hot streak turned into an extended stay out west last week for Jamestown dirt-track racer Scott Bintz and crewman Caleb Gwerder. But the duo didn't trade winning the inaugural WISSOTA Wild West Midwest Modified Tour championship for ring around the collar. "We made sure we stayed at hotels that had laundry machines," Bintz laughed.