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A chapter in the storied football rivalry between University of Jamestown and Dickinson State University comes to an end this afternoon, but the book isn't finished. The Jimmies and the Blue Hawks will meet up for the final time in North Star Athletic Association conference play today at Rollie Greeno Field, as Jamestown will complete its transition to the Great Plains Athletic Conference next season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
A weird afternoon of football transpired for Jamestown High School last Saturday in Devils Lake. A fluky, fourth-quarter touchdown pass that was deflected by Jamestown ended up going 65 yards and into the end zone, winning homecoming for the Firebirds. The visiting Blue Jays moved the ball well, albeit turning it over twice, but just never really felt to be the lesser team. That is until a last-ditch, fourth-down toss into the end zone by Blue Jay sophomore quarterback Tommy Falk was batted to the ground by Devils Lake and the Jays lost 14-13.
Friday night was sort of like the calm before the storm at Harold Newman Arena. The 19th-ranked University of Jamestown volleyball team swept visiting Waldorf University 3-0, as was expected, but a much larger conference match looms today. The Jimmies face second-ranked Viterbo University at 4 p.m. in a battle between the North Star Athletic Association's top two teams.
Bellevue University dealt the Jimmie women's soccer team a crushing blow to close the 2016 season. One of the most successful campaigns ever played by the University of Jamestown was capped with the Bruins dismantling the Jimmies 6-1 in the championship match of the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament in Omaha. The loss was still fresh in the minds of the Jimmies last Saturday in Jamestown, as they took down the Bruins for the first time 1-0.
Falling short isn't always a bad thing. Jamestown High School had a week to chew on its Oct. 10 loss at Bismarck Century, and as a result a largely reinvigorated flock of Blue Jays has emerged on the volleyball court. Jamestown swept Williston for a second time this season Wednesday at Jerry Meyer Arena, one night after defeating a solid Mandan team 3-0 on the road. The Blue Jays were off to a 20-1 start before falling 3-2 to Century—Jamestown's first loss outside of in-season tournament play.
Bella Hone's 14 kills Tuesday night helped lead the Cardinals to victory in Carrington. The Cards turned away visiting Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 3-0 in a late-season Class B volleyball match. Carrington's Makayla McIntosh added nine kills and 22 digs. Alexa Young paced the Imperials in kills (12) and blocks (2). NGS 14 18 19 Carr. 25 25 25
Jamestown High School's Austin Shafer would probably trade in his latest accolade for one more win. The senior midfielder and the Blue Jays fell one match shy of playing in a second straight state boys soccer tournament this fall. On Tuesday, Shafer was one of six West Region players selected to the all-state first team. "I'd have liked to go to state my senior year, but I thought we had a pretty good season," said Shafer, who was named to the all-state second team as a junior. "We had a young team and I was really impressed with the guys.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Spencer Frith had a nose for the football Saturday at Roller Field. The Devils Lake senior linebacker recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass, and his second of two successful extra points booted through the goalposts sealed Jamestown's fate. The fourth-ranked Firebirds prevailed 14-13 over the second-ranked Blue Jays in a late-season Class AA showdown.
A trio of third-place finishes paced the Blue Jay girls swimming and diving team Saturday during the Marney Shirley Invite at the JHS pool. Jamestown High finished third out of five teams with 491 points one day after splitting with Williston and Dickinson. Minot took top team honors, piling up 650.5 points. "It was a solid performance," Jamestown coach Ben Smith said. "We schedule these meets back-to-back so we can kind of simulate what state is going to be like, swimming on Friday and then having to swim again on Saturday.
Bryn Woodside limped to the sideline a minute into the second period Friday night at Harold Newman Arena. Just one quarter into the new season and hosting University of Manitoba, University of Jamestown fans were holding their collective breath. “I had the worst dead leg,” Woodside laughed. “(Manitoba’s) big was setting a screen and I just got a knee right to my quad. “Ice and stretch. It’ll be fine.”