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University of Jamestown volleyball had a great chance to land the first punch at No. 10-ranked Dordt College in Great Plains Athletic Conference action Friday night. With the Jimmies leading 22-20, the Defenders made a statement by going on a five-point run to end the set. Jamestown couldn't find any momentum after that and was swept by the hosts 25-22, 25-21, 25-16 at Dordt's De Witt Gymnasium.
Jamestown High School's football team finally learned its fate this week of which division they'll be playing in next season. The North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) has decided to move the Blue Jays, along with Fargo Shanley, from Class AA to AAA starting with the 2019-20 school year, according to multiple reports. The plan will last through the 2020-21 school year.
Jamestown High School volleyball has been searching for a consistent game against a competitive opponent all season. Thursday night at Jerry Meyer Arena it finally happened. The Blue Jays played their most even-keeled match of the season as they swept visiting Minot 25-18, 25-23, 25-20. Jamestown improved to 8-7 on the year, while Minot dropped to 6-10.
Regardless if a loss is close or lopsided, it's hard to look at the positives during a defeat. But Tuesday night in Mandan, the Blue Jays did something not many West Region teams have been able to do. Jamestown won the second set over the hosting Braves 25-20, which was only the second set Mandan has dropped during conference play. But in the first, third and fourth sets the Braves took care of business to secure a 3-1 victory.
Nathan Kapaun has been a staple in the University of Jamestown golf program for over four seasons. The Bismarck native was a four-year starter and two-time NAIA national tournament qualifier. So when Kapaun was encouraged to apply after the resignation of coach Vince Drahman this summer, it was hard for the UJ graduate to turn down an opportunity to share his love of Jimmie golf with 23 college kids.
No matter if the Jamestown High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018 members were from 1970 or 2007, they've probably had some impact on Jim Roaldson. Roaldson, the JHS activities director, grew up in Jamestown, went to high school here, and was a teacher/coach before his current job. "With this group being nominated there's people that I looked up and watched when I was a kid," Roaldson said. "Some were peers in my age group and there were some I taught and coached. It's all very exciting."
The 13th-ranked University of Jamestown hockey program had every reason to feel great about its 2017-18 campaign. But even after all of its successes, it still wasn't enough. The Jimmies qualified for their first-ever American Collegiate Hockey Association D1 nationals, had a program-best record of 23-15 and even won 14 games in a row during a second-half surge. But after being eliminated by the University of Illinois 3-1 on March 10, Jamestown never wanted to have that feeling ever again.
University of Jamestown's defense played arguably its best football game of the season Saturday afternoon at Rollie Greeno Field. The Jimmies held Concordia (Neb.) to 144 yards on offense and only six first downs during their second conference game of the season. But in the end it still wasn't enough for a victory. A pair of special team errors costed Jamestown nine points, including setting up the game-winning touchdown run by Ryan Durdon, as the Bulldogs defeated the Jimmies 16-13. The loss dropped Jamestown to 1-3 on the year, while Concordia is now 2-0 on the year.
Saturday afternoon's volleyball tilt with 16th-ranked Northwestern (Iowa) College would be a test of where an inexperienced University of Jamestown was as a team. The Jimmies were 10-1 prior to the match, ranked 25th in the NAIA Coaches' Preseason Poll, received votes in Poll 1 and even knocked off 23rd-ranked Ottawa University back on Aug. 31.
After the Jamestown High School boys cross country team came six points shy of winning the Aberdeen Invitation on Sept. 6, the team made it a priority to win its next race. Saturday afternoon at Devils Lake Grahams Island Cross Country Invitational it finally happened. The Blue Jays placed five runners in the top 10 as they cruised to a 49 point victory over hosting Devils Lake in the nine-team field.