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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.