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There have been numerous sibling rivalries throughout the history of sports. Tennis' Serena and Venus Williams, for example. For North Dakota high school girls golf, it's eighth-grade twin sisters Leah and Hannah Herbel. It took Leah and Hannah 20 holes to find a difference Monday at Jamestown Country Club, but eventually one of the sisters capitalized. Hannah missed the tying putt on Hole 10 during a playoff between the sisters to end the West Region tournament, allowing Leah to take home medalist honors.
Jamestown High School cross country runner Meghan Ford didn't let tired legs hamper her performance Saturday afternoon in Valley City. The sophomore won the Bill Jansen Blue-White Invitational by 1 minute, 34 seconds over West Fargo's Hope Pringle at Bjornson Park Golf Course. The victory was Ford's fifth in a row. "Meghan had another good performance, even though her legs were a little tired," said Blue Jay coach Ken Gardner. "This week we could tell after having a hard workout and she kept dropping her time during a circuit workout by two seconds."
University of Jamestown volleyball had no trouble rebounding after being swept by 10th-ranked Dordt College on Friday night. The Jimmies responded with a commanding 25-14, 25-20, 25-20 sweep over hosting College of Saint Mary Saturday afternoon at Lied Fitness Center in Omaha, Neb. "Volleyball is about putting pressure on the other team and Dordt is pretty elite with that," said Jamestown coach Jon Hegerle. "Saint Mary's does a good job and was a good team but they don't have that kind of fire power."
University of Jamestown women's soccer coach Nick Becker gathered his players just before overtime started and told his team exactly what 19th-ranked Hastings College would try to do. "I said they would come right down the middle and try to go around us," the coach explained. The Broncos did exactly that five minutes later.
University of Jamestown volleyball had a great chance to land the first punch at No. 10-ranked Dordt College in Great Plains Athletic Conference action Friday night. With the Jimmies leading 22-20, the Defenders made a statement by going on a five-point run to end the set. Jamestown couldn't find any momentum after that and was swept by the hosts 25-22, 25-21, 25-16 at Dordt's De Witt Gymnasium.
Jamestown High School's football team finally learned its fate this week of which division they'll be playing in next season. The North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) has decided to move the Blue Jays, along with Fargo Shanley, from Class AA to AAA starting with the 2019-20 school year, according to multiple reports. The plan will last through the 2020-21 school year.
Jamestown High School volleyball has been searching for a consistent game against a competitive opponent all season. Thursday night at Jerry Meyer Arena it finally happened. The Blue Jays played their most even-keeled match of the season as they swept visiting Minot 25-18, 25-23, 25-20. Jamestown improved to 8-7 on the year, while Minot dropped to 6-10.
Regardless if a loss is close or lopsided, it's hard to look at the positives during a defeat. But Tuesday night in Mandan, the Blue Jays did something not many West Region teams have been able to do. Jamestown won the second set over the hosting Braves 25-20, which was only the second set Mandan has dropped during conference play. But in the first, third and fourth sets the Braves took care of business to secure a 3-1 victory.
Nathan Kapaun has been a staple in the University of Jamestown golf program for over four seasons. The Bismarck native was a four-year starter and two-time NAIA national tournament qualifier. So when Kapaun was encouraged to apply after the resignation of coach Vince Drahman this summer, it was hard for the UJ graduate to turn down an opportunity to share his love of Jimmie golf with 23 college kids.
No matter if the Jamestown High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018 members were from 1970 or 2007, they've probably had some impact on Jim Roaldson. Roaldson, the JHS activities director, grew up in Jamestown, went to high school here, and was a teacher/coach before his current job. "With this group being nominated there's people that I looked up and watched when I was a kid," Roaldson said. "Some were peers in my age group and there were some I taught and coached. It's all very exciting."