Monthly Archives: March 2019

Jimmie Baseball Goes 2-2 in First Weekend of GPAC Play

By Andy Reed

The Jimmies played in Topeka Kansas last weekend (3/16 – 3/17) where they faced off against Northwestern on Saturday, and Briar Cliff on Sunday in the opening weekend of GPAC baseball.

The Jimmies came into Conference Play at 10-6. Their first challengers in the new GPAC league, Northwestern record was 6-9. Dakota Nelson got the start for the Jimmies and went 6 2/3 innings in the 7-inning game striking out six and giving up three runs and five hits.

Center Fielder Tanner Roundy takes a swing at a pitch. Photo: Andy Reed

The Jimmies offense was led by Jaden Yackley, who hit a two-run homer and scored the only runs for the Jimmies. Drake Pilat, Tanner Roundy and Kaleb Binstock also recorded hits. The effort was not enough as Northwestern pulled off 2 last inning runs to take game one of the double-header.

Kensaku Akiya took the mound in game 2 for the Jimmies. Akiya pitched four innings giving up 3 runs. Andrew Reed picked up where Akiya left off in the last three innings allowing no runs and getting his first save.

The Jimmie Offense was led by Chase Hacker who hit two home runs to give him 5 RBIs in the game. Zach Zurbrugg, Kaleb Binstock and Drake Pilat had RBIs in the game as well to give the Jimmies the win by a score of 8-3.

The Jimmies took on Briar Cliff the next day. They split the day again making them 2-2 on the weekend and in the GPAC. They currently sit 4th in the GPAC. Next weekend the Jimmies head to Hastings Nebraska to play a 4-game set against Hastings.

Coach Tom Hager calls a defensive meeting on the mound. Photo: Andy Reed

Weathering The Storm: Snow, Snow, Snow

By Zach Miller

A little less than two weeks ago, the city of Jamestown and a good chunk of south-eastern North Dakota was hit with what we hope to be the final blizzard of this winter season.

With approximately 12 inches of snowfall on the night of March 13, 2019, getting out of the house was a challenge for most. The large volume of snow was then coupled by high-speed winds almost gusting up to 50 mph.


A small pile of snow that used to be part of a much larger drift outside of Deer Ridge Apartments in Jamestown, ND. Photo: Zach Miller

A small strip of businesses on Business Loop W actually experienced a collapse of an awning that stretched out in front of their front doors due to the weight of the snow. Businesses in the area included Electronic Doctors for You, Mattress By Appointment, Outcast Ink Tattoo & Piercing Shop and Salvation Army Thrift Store

It took a few days of non-stop work by the snow plows to finally get the streets clear and safe to be traveled on. But now, with all the snow heaps and mounds on the sides of the roads, we may have to wait until the snow is gone for good.

Luckily the residents of Jamestown have been blessed with some very warm temperatures that have been going to work on those massive piles of snow. The concern with this is the flooding that could then occur from the rapid melting of snow.

A small icicle forms on top of a massive pile of snow that was the result of a blizzard that hit the city of Jamestown on March 13, 2019. Photo: Zach Miller

Star University of Jamestown Wrestler’s Long Journey to the Top

By Jayci McCrory

Cara Romeike is a 5th year senior and star wrestler at the University of Jamestown, but don’t be fooled by her Jimmie Pride, this girl didn’t always bleed orange and black, and her journey to get here was anything but easy.

Cara started her collegiate wrestling career at Oklahoma City University, a mere three hours from her hometown of Coppell, Texas. The wrestler chose Oklahoma City University as it was THE place to be.

Adjusting to college was difficult for Romieke. She felt she didn’t know what she wanted to do at school and felt extremely homesick being away from her parents and lifelong friends for the first time. Little did she know, she’d be going home sooner than she thought.

Cara, mid take down with one of the school’s practice dummies, something she has done time and time again to perfect her moves.

One day at practice, Cara was taken down. She hit her head and hit it hard, which sent her into a seizing fit and was rushed to the hospital. Once there the doctors told her that if a hit like this happened again, the consequences would be far more dire than the concussion she had sustained. She was told that day that she should leave the mat and singlet behind, as the risks were too great to send her back to participating in a contact sport.

With that, she left Oklahoma City and went back home to Texas to live under her parents’ care. She spent her time helping coach her old high school’s wrestling team.

While she was still involved with the sport, she couldn’t close the hole in her heart where competing had left a vacancy, so she decided to go back to compete.

“A life without wrestling wasn’t a life at all,” Romeike says, when talking about her decision to end her leave of absence from the competition.

Cara entered an open tournament in May of 2016 where she was recruited by the University of Jamestown’s wrestling coach.

“I told my mom I was going to think about it, but I had already decided within five minutes of talking to [the coach]” Cara said, describing how quickly she had decided to rejoin the collegiate athletic scene.

Cara Romeike shows off her silly side and grip strength as she hangs from what she calls the monkey bars. Photo: Jayci McCrory

Within two months she was enrolled in class at the University of Jamestown. The transition was much easier this time around. She made great friends almost immediately coming here, enjoyed the warm and welcoming environment that is UJ, and finally felt like she knew what she wanted to do and was on the right path.

Although she continued to ups and downs, her teammates and her new coaches helped her overcome it all. Her success in overcoming obstacles lead her to success in a tournament hosted at the University of Jamestown last Saturday, March 16th. Cara made it all the way to the finals and even though she didn’t win, she felt on top of the world.

Now that wrestling season is over, Cara is focusing on her second passion: whales. Romeike will be discussing whales in her senior seminar presentation Monday April 1st at 7pm in Orlady 123.

After graduation, Cara hopes to teach high school biology and coach wrestling as there would be a place where she can actively participate in both of her passions.

University of Jamestown Softball Team Opens with Double-header Sweep

By Kelly Halverson

The University of Jamestown softball team opened up their conference season on Tuesday against Mount Marty in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The Jimmies swept the double-header with two wins, the first a 10-2 win in six innings, and the second 6-5 eight inning win.

This was UJ softball’s first game in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, and was technically a home opener for the squad as weather prevented it from being hosted in Jamestown.

Kat Miska was dominant on the mound in the first game, striking out 10 batters in six innings. She was awarded both wins for the day, allowing two runs and only walking one batter.

Kat Miska dominated the mound for the Jimmies, striking out 10 batters in the first game alone. Photo: Kelly Halverson

The Jimmie’s bats were hot in the first game, with notable performances from Sydney Prussia, Meghan Ramage, Miriah Yoder, and Morgan Geiszler. Prussia went 2/3 with a home run and 3 RBI’s. Ramage and Yoder both went 2/3, raking in a combined 3 RBIs. Geiszler went 2/4 with a double, and a walk off single to lock in the Jimmies first conference win.

Katie Merchant started on the mound in game two, striking out two batters before Samm Hamilton made a pitching appearance, striking out another two batters and only giving up 4 hits in 5 innings. Kat Miska closed the the game for the Jimmies, striking out one batter to hold the eighth inning tie.

The second game of the double header was most definitely a team win with a total of seven Jimmies getting hits. Clutch at bats were seen from Katie Reisdorfer, who hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning bringing the Jimmies within one run of a tie. This was followed up by a pinch hitting appearance by freshman, Santina Zito, who put the ball in play allowing for the Jimmies to capitalize on a Mount Marty error to tie the game and extend it into extra innings. Mariah Martinez made her contribution in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI that won the game for the Jimmies.

Tuesday’s wins place the Jimmies in first place within the GPAC. They will continue conference play this weekend with doubleheaders against Briar Cliff University and College of Saint Mary. The games will be held in Sioux City, Iowa.

Facing Fear & Finding Community – Meaghan Cronin

My biggest worry upon entering college wasn’t class schedules, declaring a major, or even being away from home. Though those were all present in my mind in some way, the biggest fear that overshadowed them all—I was terribly afraid that I wouldn’t make friends.

Making new friends
I knew this fear was irrational, but I couldn’t shake it from my mind. In high school, I felt blessed with a great group of outgoing friends, but I had gotten so comfortable there that I was scared to leave them. I wasn’t convinced I could fit into this new community, so I was stunned when that fear began to ease within my first few days at UJ.

I quickly settled into new routines with my roommates and classmates, and I was suddenly excited about meeting this campus full of new people! Even then, I could feel a sense of belonging. My years at UJ have proved to me time and again that good people surround me here in ways I could never have predicted, and their influence has grounded and shaped me invaluably.

Meagan Cronin posing with friends.

I don’t know where I’d be without the friends I made that first year. I’ve been so lucky to have kept meeting new wonderful friends every year, though those first friends have been such solid staples through my college life (3rd floor Watson forever!). While these friends grounded me, I have been so lucky to expand and deepen the friendships I’ve made throughout campus—especially those I found through my involvement in UJ Performing Arts.

Being involved in the arts
The best decision I could have made as a nervous, artsy freshman was joining theater and Concert Choir. I chose UJ knowing that their exceptional arts programs would be a major part of my college experience, but the people in these groups—the people I never thought I would find—are what make these experiences so incredible. The support, passion, and love I have felt through these communities have made me a more whole and joyful person, and I hope to keep that loving spirit at the core of my life.

Meagan Cronin in Spamalot

I’ve been given countless opportunities through the arts that have challenged me as a person, a creative, and as a friend, and I would have been lost trying to face those challenges without the support network I’ve found at UJ. I am SO grateful for these people and the beautiful things we have gotten to make and experience together. Whatever you’re doing, the people around you make all the difference.

Connecting with faculty and staff
In addition to the students, the faculty and staff are the foundation of campus, and their enthusiasm, wild intelligence, and genuine care for their students have supported me so strongly through my time here. Their honest feedback and hard work have been vital for me as a student, and their caring spirits make them incredible mentors and friends. I am forever grateful for the people who have believed in me, listened to me, and nurtured my abilities.

Looking back
I am so changed and still so myself after my time here. I have grown into a new version of myself every year, and I know that going forward, I will keep growing because of all the love and support that found me at UJ. If I could go back the four years and tell her, I know scared freshman Meggie would be so relieved to hear about all the goodness and love waiting for her in this community.

As Seen on TV: Magician Ben Seidman to Stun UJ Thursday

By Jacob Just

It’s not everyday that someone with a Neflix Original comes to Jamestown, but it’s happening Thursday March 21st.

Ben Seidman got his start in Las Vegas, where is performances are not uncommon.  He can be found performing in hotels and resorts across the country.  You could call him a magician but expect some comedy and storytelling to come with it. 

Ben has been featured on TV including The CW and the Travel Channel.  He even guest stars on the Netflix Original Brainchild.  He’s so good that he was a consultant for the TV show The Mentalist on CBS.

Check him out on Thursday March 21st at 9pm in the Reiland Fine Arts Center DeNault Auditorium. 

The event is FREE!

Check out some of his performances here:

Sir Jimmie Blog: The Influence of UJ

By Maggie Erickson

After four years at the University of Jamestown, I’ve learned a lot about myself and grown in ways I never thought I would. My experience has not at all been what I expected going into college, but it has been amazing.

Initial plans
My senior year of high school, I decided to go to UJ where my parents worked as the director of financial aid and the head baseball coach (no, Tom Hager is not like that at home). My initial plan was to major in accounting, someday become a CPA, and lay low while in school.

If you know me, you know that is not at all what’s going on now.

Changing Majors
I am currently double majoring in Graphic Design and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I did keep an Accounting minor and added Character in Leadership to the list as well.

New Activities
During my time at UJ, I’ve been involved in chapel choir, concert choir, Relay for Life, Alpha Chi, Omicron Delta Kappa, CIL, student senate, and probably a few other clubs or organizations that I’m forgetting. I’ve made great friendships, gotten to do things I love, travelled to Italy, gained amazing connections, and expanded my knowledge in a lot of different areas in the past four years.

Character in Leadership
During my senior year of high school, my mom convinced me to apply for the Wilson Scholarship (which I was not about at the time), where I ended up meeting Liz Hunt who convinced me to join the Character in Leadership program – probably the best decision of my life thus far. I also ended up winning the Wilson, so I guess mom was right about that one – shout out to Judy Hager for that and everything else she’s right about.

I honestly believe the Character in Leadership program is one of the best things this school has to offer; I have learned so much about myself and my beliefs in the past four years that I probably would not have explored otherwise. I have made wonderful friendships that started within the CIL program. I’ve also made numerous friendships through other campus organizations and classes that will all stick with me.

Why UJ is Unique
University of Jamestown has allowed me to get involved in things I care about and pursue a field of study that I’m passionate about. After deciding to switch majors, I thought I was going to have to transfer, but Mike Woodley convinced me otherwise. As you can tell, a lot of what I’ve done at UJ has been a result of other people convincing me to do things. The people at UJ are not afraid to get involved in your life and help out in any way they can, and that is unique and wonderful.

I’ve also had the chance to be taught by amazing professors like Liz Hunt, Mary Reed, Mort Sarabakhsh, Amie Aesoph, Chris Hoke, Teddi Jo Paulson, Vicki Greshik, and many others. There are far too many people at this school that have had a great impact on my life to name. My favorite thing about my experience at UJ by far has been the people I’ve met and gotten to know. The people at the University of Jamestown have taught me so much in and outside the classroom. I’ve gained connections with professors, staff members, and fellow students that will stay with me and continue to help me grow throughout my life.

The influence that University of Jamestown can have on a student like myself is great, it is memorable, it is beautiful, and it is important.

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