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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.
Carrington No. 6 in poll No. 1 Carrington is ranked sixth in the first Class B boys basketball media poll of the 2018-19 season, released Monday, Dec. 10. The Cards were one of six teams receiving at least one first-place vote in the initial poll. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (0-0), New Rockford-Sheyenne (0-0) and Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier (0-0) all picked up votes. Wolves No. 6 in latest poll Kidder County moved up three positions to sixth in the latest Class B girls basketball media rankings released Monday, Dec. 10.
Airballing a 3-point attempt isn't nearly as embarrassing after already having sent three through the twine. Carrington High School's Kiera Eli can relate following her first-half performance Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Jamestown Civic Center. The junior forward went a perfect 3-for-3 from outside the arc in the first quarter against Medina-Pingree-Buchanan in the championship game of the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament. But her fourth attempt in the second quarter? Let Eli explain.
A few key shots didn't fall for University of Jamestown men's basketball Saturday, Dec. 8, in Sioux City, Iowa. As a result, second-ranked Morningside College stayed unbeaten with an 87-79 victory over the Jimmies. Jamestown, one of the better 3-point shooting teams in NAIA Division II hoops, converted just 10 of 34 from beyond the arc, which included an 0 of 8 performance from senior sharpshooter Kevin Oberweiser. Oberweiser entered the contest leading the Jimmies in scoring (20.2 ppg) and averaging close to 50 percent (.495) in 3-point makes.
University of Jamestown women's basketball found a rhythm offensively in the fourth quarter Saturday, Dec. 8, in Sioux City, Iowa. But it was too little, too late facing eighth-ranked Morningside College. A pair of 3-pointers by the Jimmies' Paige Schmidt, and a third converted by Emma Stoehr, helped slash an 18-point Mustangs' lead at the end of three periods to a final score of 69-60 in favor of the Mustangs. The 20th-ranked Jimmies got to as close as eight points in the final minute.