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Jamestown boys basketball pushed its streak on top of the Class A media rankings to three straight weeks with the release of the latest polls on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The Blue Jays again received all 18 first-place votes in the current poll, after topping Turtle Mountain 89-59 last Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena and improving to 14-0. Jamestown's boys and girls basketball teams travel to Dickinson on Saturday, Feb. 2, to play the Midgets.
A press conference to announce the hiring of Brian Mistro as the next head football coach at the University of Jamestown will be held tomorrow, Jan. 30, at 12:15 p.m. at Harold Newman Arena. Mistro, a former safety for the Jimmies and 2009 UJ graduate, has spent the past seven seasons as an assistant football coach at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He was initially hired as defensive backs coach for the Cobbers in 2012.
University of Jamestown's basketball doubleheader hosting Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 4, at Harold Newman Arena. The women's game will begin at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8. The doubleheader was originally scheduled to take place tomorrow, Jan. 30, but was rescheduled due to extreme cold weather.
The University of Jamestown men's hockey team wasn't all too impressed with Friday's third period hosting Eastern Michigan University. The Jimmies coughed up four goals and nearly blew a 5-1 lead, holding on to beat Eastern Michigan 6-5. Saturday's rematch at John L. Wilson Arena was an entirely different story for the hometown orange and black. Jamestown buried three pucks and outshot the Eagles a whopping 26-0 in the third, coasting to a 6-0 victory. A little more like it, for junior captain Jason Richter and the Jimmies.
Shandra Farmer displayed zero ill effects Saturday, Jan. 26, from a plantar fascia issue that kept the Hastings College star sidelined for eight games this season. The second team All-American junior guard scored 10 of a game-high 19 points during a 14-3 run to open the fourth quarter against the University of Jamestown at Harold Newman Arena. The spurt pushed a 54-52 Broncos' lead to 68-55 with 7 minutes to play, and the Jimmies were unable to recover in an 81-70 Hastings victory.
Jon Purintun's reaction to an ultimatum is much like that of a comic book hero. Not only does the University of Jamestown senior guard usually deliver, he becomes someone kids want to be in the process. "Colton Lund told us at halftime, why is he giving more (effort) than us?" Purintun said of the Jimmies' senior captain, Lund, who didn't check into Saturday's contest hosting Hastings College. "We came out and I think we showed it in the second half."
Jamestown and Minot combined to score six goals on 17 shots in the first period of Friday's high school girls hockey clash at John L. Wilson Arena. But the flurry wasn't a favorable one for the Blue Jays, a team in desperate need of points in the standings with five games to play. Minot led 4-2 after the first and took three points away from Jamestown with a 5-2 victory. The Blue Jays (5-11-1, 3-9-0 state) host Williston (0-17-0) tomorrow, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m.
Color commentators Bert Blyleven and Dan Gladden were on point Tuesday, Jan. 22, during the 2019 Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan visit to Valley City. Providing effortless comedy and relatability to the lighthearted aspects of Major League Baseball was, and should be, second nature to the pair of former Twins greats.
For a second time this season, Mount Marty College forgot to block out University of Jamestown sophomore Jack Talley. Talley tied a career-high 12 rebounds Wednesday, Jan. 23, facing the Lancers in Yankton, S.D., leading the 18th-ranked Jimmies to a 101-74 victory. But that's just half the story. Talley nailed three 3-pointers and scored 11 of his 15 points early in the second half, helping the Jimmies balloon a 48-27 halftime lead to as many as 33 points (67-34) after the break.
Jamestown High School remains the consensus No. 1 selection in the statewide Class A boys basketball media poll for a second consecutive week. The Blue Jays (13-0) again garnered every first-place vote in the season's eighth poll, released Wednesday, Jan. 23. Jamestown, the state's only undefeated team in Class A boys ball, soared past Minot 78-58 last Saturday on the road.