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North Dakota State University's changing of the guard at head football coach has sent a ripple effect through the University of Jamestown. University of Jamestown head football coach Josh Kittell resigned from his position with UJ on Wednesday, Jan. 16, accepting the position as director of recruiting for NDSU football and its new head coach Matt Entz.
Summer Grove is currently making the most of her senior Class B girls basketball season with 10th-ranked Linton-HMB. The only senior on a team of otherwise freshmen and sophomores, Grove missed her entire junior season with a torn ACL and meniscus in her right knee. The Lions, with Grove now in the starting lineup, improved to 13-1 Tuesday, Jan. 15, with a 70-35 victory over Central Cass in the annual Linton-HMB Jamboree at the Jamestown Civic Center.
Fourth-ranked Four Winds-Minnewaukan won a physical, 67-56, contest hosting No. 9 New Rockford-Sheyenne in Class B boys basketball Monday, Jan. 14, in Fort Totten. The Indians' 6-foot-9 sophomore Bronson Walter piled up 24 points en route to victory, as the two teams combined to produce 49 fouls. The Rockets' Parker Granger, Tucker Longnecker and Hunter Thompson all departed early via fouls.
Kidder County found out Monday, Jan. 14, it's ranked second in the latest Class B girls basketball statewide media poll. Now it's up to coach Dan Welder to remind the Wolves to keep their cool. Kidder County (13-0) has shot from sixth to second in the rankings having played just three games over the past 24 days. But the Wolves have certainly earned the added attention, carrying the state's fourth-best scoring differential (+27.1) and limiting teams to a third-best 32.2 points per contest.
VALLEY CITY—LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's Rory Gentzkow was 1 of 9 from 3-point range through the first two rounds of the annual Barnes County boys basketball tournament. But make no mistake, the kid can shoot.
Jamestown High School boys hockey captain Tommy Falk did what captains are supposed to do Friday, Jan. 11, at John L. Wilson Arena. The junior forward backed up a brilliant performance turned in by JHS goaltender Riley Gerhardt against visiting Minot, scoring the game-winning goal 44 seconds into overtime. The result of a Blue Jays' odd-man rush early into the 8-minute OT, Falk spun around in the the slot and flung home his second goal of the contest to walk off the Jays 2-1.
University of Jamestown baseball coach Tom Hager has more than enough coaching equity to be putting much stock into preseason polls. Be that as it may, Jimmie baseball earned some major respect Thursday, Jan. 10. Jamestown has been selected by conference coaches to win the Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball championship in 2019, its first season as members of the Sioux City-based GPAC. The Jimmies garnered four first-place votes and 91 points in the GPAC baseball preseason coaches' poll to earn the poll's No. 1 ranking.
University of Jamestown men's basketball started the week with a national ranking and looking forward to a rematch at Briar Cliff University. But the No. 7-ranked Chargers were just as glad to see the Jimmies. Briar Cliff held Jamestown to its lowest offensive output of the season Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Sioux City, Iowa, during a convincing 86-70 victory over No. 21 Jamestown. The win snapped six consecutive victories scored by UJ men's basketball.
Costly turnovers and a rough shooting night sunk University of Jamestown women's basketball Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Sioux City, Iowa. The Jimmies turned the ball over 18 times facing Briar Cliff University, which included two key steals by the Chargers in the final minute, and shot 15 of 59 from the field in a 54-53 loss to the Chargers.
Jamestown High School picked up a couple more first-place votes in the sixth Class B statewide media rankings released Wednesday, Jan. 9, but still trail Fargo Davies by 9 points for the top spot. The Blue Jays (9-0) handled Mandan 70-53 on the road Tuesday and will host Watford City (1-8) and Bismarck Century (5-4) this Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Jamestown High School's Jerry Merry Arena. Jamestown received four of 19 first-place votes from the state's media members, up two from the fifth poll released last week.