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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shortly after Spring Break, the home stretch for the school
year has arrived. The Jamestown
Activities Board (JAB) is planning their annual Jimmie Jive Week, a full week
of free events for students.
The week kicks off Saturday March 16th with the
annual semi-formal dance from 9pm to 1am at the Gladstone Inn in
Jamestown. The theme is The Emerald
Ball. Shuttles will be provided to
and from campus in front of the Badal Nafus Center. Food and refreshments will be provided.
On Monday March 18th, the monthly Trivia Knight
will challenge your thinking with a full hour of trivia questions beginning at
9pm in the J-House. Snacks will be
provided. Gather a team of friends (at
least 3 people) and win some awesome prizes.
There are only two more trivia events after this, so it’s never too late
to get started!
Tuesday brings a canvas painting night in the Reiland Fine
Arts Center. Snacks and supplies will be
provided. This is a relaxing time to
focus on what painting whatever your heart desires. The event begins at 9pm in the Reiland lobby.
Grocery Bag Bingo is always a much-anticipated event for
students every semester, but Wednesday’s event gives the winners more “buying
power” with their prizes. Gift Card
bingo will give participants an opportunity to win large gift cards to
businesses college students use most.
Each gift card will be valued at $50, this is in addition to door prizes
giving every participant a great chance at winning a prize!
Jamestown welcomes nationally acclaimed Magician Ben Seidman
on Thursday for a performance that will have you stunned. Ben has been featured on channels such as The
CW and the Travel Channel. He can also
be seen on the Netflix original brainchild. His performance will be held at 9pm in the
Reiland Fine Arts Center.
Go Orange Friday closes out Jimmie Jive Week. Students are encouraged to wear Jimmie
gear. JAB members will be walking around
campus looking for those students. If a
JAB member sees you in Jimmie gear, you may just get a prize that will make
Be sure to follow JAB on Twitter and Instagram @UofJAB.
With only just a couple of years under their belt, the University of Jamestown Esports team has seen many wins and nationally ranked players.
The UJ Esports team, consisting of 20 team members, plays video games to compete against schools across the country. The UJ team has three games they compete nationally in this year: UJ are Overwatch, HearthStone, and League of Legends.
Already, the UJ Esports team this year has had a successful season so far with current freshman Zach Torres ranked in the top 200 in America for League of Legends and Vetle Peterson, also a freshman, ranked in the top 400 in America for Overwatch.
Peterson is enjoying his time on the team and, “how close I’ve become with my teammates and how some of them are my best friends.” Peterson and the rest of the Overwatch team has entered the playoffs. All other teams are still in their regular season.
It’s not everyday that we get to witness records being broken.
It’s not everyday that we get to watch a hometown hero develop into a success at the next level.
Fortunately for us here at the University of Jamestown we are able to be a part of something special.
Senior guard for the UJ Men’s Basketball Team Jon Purintun has become a household name in the Jamestown community after pulling together an impressive final season for the Jimmies. Jon continues to impress and show that he belongs here at UJ as the Jimmies continue to keep on winning.
Jon Purintun hails from a small town in North Dakota called Linton. Jon had a successful career as a Linton Lion there and had hopes of being able to continue his basketball playing career in college. It was the University of Jamestown that gave Jon the chance to do just that. UJ offered him a scholarship and the rest is history.
This year Jon has been a driving force in many of the Jimmie victories. Jon has averaged approximately 20 points per game to go along with 4 assists and 4 rebounds per game. Jon is shooting 58.2% from the field, 38.1% from three and 71.1% from the free throw line.
The highlight of the season for Purintun was the rivalry matchup against our neighbors Valley City. Purintun was red hot offensively as he went on to break the single-game scoring record for UJ that was previously held by Brent Offerdahl. 45 points became the new record and Purintun was overjoyed.
“If you would’ve told me that before this game I would break the single-game scoring record, I would’ve told you were crazy,” Purintun said after his historic night. Purintun also added, “ It just makes it all the more better that it was against our rivals.”
The Jimmies beat Valley City 87-73 that night.
On Wednesday November 14th, Purintun surpassed 1,000 points in his career. This game was also against the Vikings from Valley City. Currently, Purintun has 1,489 total points for his career. Those 1,489 points put Jon at 11th on the all-time scoring list for Jamestown, with the potential to break the top ten by the end of this season.
Purintun also has the potential to break another record here at UJ, which would be the single-season scoring record. He currently sits at fourth on that list. The record is held currently by Jake Holen with 687 points. Right now, Purintun sits at 633 points.
Tucked behind a Cash Wise in Jamestown, North Dakota, Jack Brown Stadium has the feeling of a small-town ballpark with big city history.
Originally known as McElroy Park, this ball field was originally built in 1917 when Jamestown Parks and Recreation gave it the name McElroy Park to commemorate Charles McElroy, a loyal worker for Jamestown Parks and Rec.
During that time, Jack Brown Stadium was still named McElroy Park, the Negro League Semi-Pro teams called the park home. Some big names came with it too. I consulted Coach Tom Hager of the University of Jamestown Jimmies Baseball team on the rich history of the Stadium, “Satchel Page played there.”
Page played for Bismarck’s Semi-Pro team while Jamestown had their own noteworthy pitcher, Lefty Brown. Even Hall of Famer Lefty Grove graced that magical field during the off season after winning a World Series with the Athletics. Other noteworthy players include Jamestown High School alumni and World Series Champion (2002) Darin Erstad and Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland.
1937 closed the chapter of Semi-Pro ball at McElroy park. Amateur baseball took off right where Semi-Pro baseball left off and then American Legion Baseball came along in the Late 40’s and has stayed all the way to the present.
In 1991, McElroy Parks wooden stands were burnt to the ground, the crime was never solved. But it is always the darkest before the dawn, because by 1992, Jack Brown Stadium was born, and rebuilt to resemble the exact stands that had stood there for 80+ years.
The University of Jamestown Jimmies, Jamestown High School Blue Jays, and legion teams in the area call Jack Brown Stadium home nowadays. The cleats of young ball players touching the same dirt and grass that some of the greats touched as well. The rich history cast over this beautiful ball park gives one an eerie feeling of past, present, and future.
“I have played in some beautiful ballparks all over this country, but none of them gives me the feeling that I have here. -Darin Erstad” (Berg, 1996, p. 13).