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There was no need for University of Jamestown's Jenna Doyle to push things Monday, Dec. 17, at Harold Newman Arena. Leading Dakota State University (S.D.) 47-22 at the half, the Jimmies' all-time leader in blocks opted to wrap her right ankle in ice and watch UJ women's basketball topple the Trojans 100-41 over the final 20 minutes. Doyle rolled said ankle in action on Dec. 5, and, in a season where injuries and the Jimmies have been talked a lot about, Jamestown (9-7) is looking forward to Christmas and having the next 11 days to prepare for Mayville State University (4-5).
Carrington boys basketball fell out of the Class B's top 10 media rankings on Monday, Dec. 17. The Cardinals (1-1) appeared at No. 6 in last week's initial poll, but a loss to New Rockford-Sheyenne (3-1) hurt the Cards with voters. Both Carrington and the Rockets are receiving votes, as is Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier (2-0). Former top-ranked Bishop Ryan's loss to current fifth-ranked Shiloh Christian sent the Lions to seventh this week.
University of Jamestown women's basketball needed the post play it received Saturday, Dec. 15, at Harold Newman Arena. Courtney Mosloski scored 6 of a career-high 12 points during an 18-4 run by the Jimmies to end the first half against visiting College of Saint Mary (Neb.). Jamestown cruised to its first Great Plains Athletic Conference win since Nov. 10 with a convincing 80-62 victory over the Flames from Omaha. The win was also the Jimmies' third in a row. They'll host Dakota State (1-9) in non-conference play Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.
Jon Purintun sent one last parting shot at archrival Valley City State University on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Harold Newman Arena. The embodiment of University of Jamestown men's basketball, Purintun brought the house down with a new UJ single-game record 45 points in his final contest against VCSU. The senior guard from Linton, along with the rest of the Jimmies, ushered the defeated Vikings back to Valley City by a final score of 87-73.
University of Jamestown's Jack Frazier picked up the Jimmie men's basketball team Friday, Dec. 14, at Harold Newman Arena. Filling in for junior starting point guard Isaiah Dobson, who said he's day to day with pain in his left foot, Frazier filled the stat sheet against visiting Dickinson State University. The 6-foot-3 guard from Salem, Ore., posted 7 points, eight assists and six rebounds in an 86-76 Jimmie victory over the Blue Hawks. Jamestown improved to 13-3 and hosts rival Valley City State University (3-7) tomorrow, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m.
A 12-point second half by University of Jamestown point guard Emma Stoehr helped make the difference Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Valley City. The sophomore from from Woodbury, Minn., stole a pass and scored 5 points during a 7-2 UJ spurt with 6 minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The Jimmies led 52-48 and held on to defeat Valley City State University 56-54 at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
Jamestown High School's collective effort on the floor Tuesday, Dec. 11, led the Blue Jays to a dual victory at Jamestown Gymnastics Club. But head coach Dave Tews said it could have been even better. The Jays' floor exercise scored 34.75 points, en route to helping JHS defeat visiting Aberdeen, S.D., 133.950 to 133.450. "Eighth-grader Emma Hillerud definitely came through for us tonight, and if she wouldn't have fallen on floor she'd have had one of our top floor scores too," Tews said. "We didn't perform real well today. It was a typical Tuesday meet."
Anthony Vereen will not only be remembered as one of the best left tackles ever to play football for the University of Jamestown. Future discussions will also highly regard the young man's resolute character. UJ's 2018 homecoming king and fine arts trombone musician was named one of NAIA football's best on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Vereen was one of five offensive linemen nationwide to be selected first team All-American by NAIA coaches. Vereen is the 10th football player in Jimmie history to be named first team All-American. He was told the news around noon.
Terrell Alfred provided the spark University of Jamestown men's basketball needed Monday night, Dec. 10, in Aberdeen, S.D. The junior 3-point marksman nailed a trio of second-half 3s in a span of 3 minutes against Presentation College. The flurry led Jamestown to a 96-89 victory over the Saints. "Man, I don't think we played very well but we snuck out with one tonight," said Jimmie men's basketball coach Danny Neville in an interview with AM 1400 ESPN Jamestown.
Paige Schmidt helped 20th-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball snap a month-long winless streak on Monday, Dec. 10, in Aberdeen, S.D. The junior wing buried six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 20 points in an 86-72 Jimmie victory over the Presentation College Saints. The win was Jamestown's first since defeating Doane University (Neb.) by 31 on Nov. 10 at Harold Newman Arena.