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Jamestown High School's Haley Nelson picked up victories on vault, bars and in the all-around Thursday, Nov. 29, in Aberdeen, S.D., and Blue Jay gymnastics coach Dave Tews nailed his preseason prognostication. Tews previously explained the Jays were probably shooting for a team score of 130 to open high school competition south of the border against Aberdeen Central. Jamestown turned in a 130.50 to Aberdeen's 130.75.
Brock Schrom said it never gets old watching his talented Jimmie teammates operate in the backcourt. University of Jamestown men's basketball guards Jon Purintun, Kevin Oberweiser and Terrell Alfred once again did most of the heavy lifting offensively Wednesday night against visiting Mount Marty College. The trio combined for 10 3-pointers and 54 points in a convincing 84-65 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory over the Lancers.
Isabel Wedell and University of Jamestown women's volleyball weren't out making friends Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Sioux City, Iowa. After being swept by 10th-ranked Southern Oregon to open NAIA national championship pool play 24 hours prior at Tyson Events Center, the Jimmies meant business against seventh-ranked Viterbo (Wisc.). Wedell slammed 11 kills to the court in a three-set stunner over the V-Hawks: 25-18, 25-12, 25-13.
University of Jamestown women's volleyball coach Jon Hegerle expected more from his team Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Sioux City, Iowa. Facing the the country's 10th-ranked team, the Jimmies were slow from the chute to open NAIA national championship pool play at Tyson Events Center. Southern Oregon took an early lead in each set of a 3-0 sweep of Jamestown. The 24th-ranked Jimmies will attempt to bounce back Wednesday against seventh-ranked Viterbo (Wisc.) at 2 p.m.
University of Jamestown's first season of Great Plains Athletic Conference competition should serve the Jimmie women's volleyball team well this week in Sioux City, Iowa. The 24th-ranked Jimmies are one of six GPAC teams at this year's 32-team NAIA national championship final site. Jamestown begins pool play today, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m. facing 10th-ranked Southern Oregon at Sioux City's Tyson Events Center.
Jamestown High School has turned in a team score at the state gymnastics meet every season since 1996. Veteran JHS gymnastics coach Dave Tews said it's possible that streak could be in jeopardy this winter. A light-on-numbers Blue Jays team has 10 of 11 varsity members healthy for the upcoming season, which begins Thursday, Nov. 29, for Jamestown in Aberdeen, S.D.
Courtney Peterson wasn't always at one with the sport of volleyball. In fact, the Jamestown High School senior is able to recall being rather stubborn over the subject. "I hated volleyball as a kid," admitted Peterson, who shattered Jamestown High's all-time kills record this past season. "I didn't want to go out but my mom made me go to practice one day. "One practice in, I was in love."
Tuesday's wrestling dual in Bismarck didn't end in victory for Jamestown High School, but the season certainly looks promising. The Blue Jays were edged by Bismarck Century on the mat 37-34—an impressive showing on night 1 for coach Larry Eslick and his young men. The Jays and the Patriots split the contest's head-to-head matchups 6-6, with Jamestown open at 285 pounds and Century open at 182. The state's No. 1-ranked wrestler at 113, Century's Neal Bohrer, pinned Jamestown's Joel Bowman to give the home team the three-point advantage at the end.
University of Jamestown didn't squander the 14 days it had to get ready for the 2018 NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship Opening Round held Saturday, Nov. 17, at Harold Newman Arena.
Terrell Alfred converted four 3-point baskets off the bench Saturday in Seward, Neb., helping University of Jamestown men's basketball to a 74-61 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory. Alfred, a junior guard, converted 4 of 7 from beyond the arc and posted a game-high 18 points. Jimmie senior Kevin Oberweiser stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals, as UJ improve to 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the GPAC.