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University of Jamestown's fall baseball season began with a 13-8 loss Tuesday at rival Mayville State University. The Comets banged out 18 hits and scored in bunches late. Mayville State pushed four runs across the plate in both the sixth and seventh innings, and plated three more in the eighth, to run away from the Jimmies. "Gotta give Mayville credit," said University of Jamestown head coach Tom Hager. "They put the ball in play all day long and unfortunately we couldn't make pitches when we needed to and we couldn't make plays.
Not everything was negative for University of Jamestown in a wild second quarter of football last Saturday at Rollie Greeno Field. Northwestern College's Bryce Van Beek, who would later be named the NAIA defensive player of the week, did come up with three interceptions of Jimmie quarterback Jordan Mann, en route to a 21-point quarter and a 40-0 halftime lead for the fifth-ranked Red Raiders. But during all that Jamestown's defense was able to put to bed a rather dubious streak it had been carrying since 2016.
Out of a handful of outside weapons possessed by the University of Jamestown women's volleyball team, one was bound to step up Thursday at Harold Newman Arena. It was Ellie Michaletz's turn to dazzle hosting Briar Cliff University (Iowa). The sophomore from Aitkin, Minn., scored six of her match-high 11 kills down the stretch in a deciding fourth set, sparking the Jimmies to a big 3-1 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory over the Chargers.
N.D. High School Scores VOLLEYBALL Fargo Davies 3, Valley City 1. West Fargo 3, Grand Forks Red River 0. Bismarck Century 3, Bismarck 0. Bismarck Legacy 3, Minot 0. Jamestown 3, Bismarck St. Mary's 1. Dickinson 3, Watford City 0. Hankinson 3, Sargent Central 0. Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 3, Griggs County Central 0. Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 3, Strasburg/Zeeland 0. Bottineau 3, Dunseith 0. Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 3, Grant County 0. Rugby 3, Nedrose 0. Kenmare 3, Glenburn 1.
University of Jamestown head volleyball coach Jon Hegerle was interested to see how his players would respond for a conference match after spending over five hours on a bus Tuesday. The Jimmies swept Mount Marty 25-19, 25-14, 25-16 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play in Yankton, S.D. Jamestown hit .287 as a team, led by Kennedy Conzemius' 10 kills, but Hegerle said sometimes solid stats can be deceiving.
The Blue Jays needed a good night on the volleyball court and they got one Tuesday in Bismarck. Jamestown High school senior Courtney Peterson slammed a match-high 19 kills to the floor, and junior setter Kameron Selvig impressed with 35 assists in a 3-1 Blue Jay victory over Bismarck St. Mary's. The Jays were coming off a 1-4 outing at the always difficult Southwest Minnesota Challenge held in Marshall, Minn., last weekend.
The Jamestown High School boys tennis team lost its first West Region dual of the season Tuesday in Bismarck.
Kyra Vogel paced the Jamestown High School girls golf team Tuesday at the Bismarck Legacy Invite.
University of Jamestown freshman Tate Olson fired on even-par 72 Tuesday, leading the Jimmie men's golf team to a second-place finish at the Yellowjacket Fall Invitational in Billings, Mont. Olson placed third overall in the three-round tournament with a 2-under-par 214, highlighted by Monday's second-round 68 at Lake Hills Golf Course. The Jimmies finished at 1 under as a team (863) but couldn't chase down NCAA Division II Concordia University (Ore.), which turned in a combined 8-under 856.
A different setup produced similar results for Jamestown Blue Jay boys tennis Monday at Bolinger Courts. Facing Bismarck in a non-conference 4-3 dual, the Blue Jays swept all four singles matches and dispatched the Demons 5-2. Jamestown improved to 5-3 overall, having also defeated Bismarck 8-1 in West Region action back on Sept. 4.