UJ athletic director updates Rotary on sports
Sean Johnson, athletic director for the University of Jamestown, discussed the fall sports and achievement of those teams and students at the recent Rotary meeting.
The fall started off with the opening and dedication of the Harold Newman Arena. The Jimmie women’s volleyball team had a record-setting year with the advancing to the round of 16 at the NAIA national tournament. It was the first time in school history that the jimmies advanced out of the pool play, winning two of three matches. The ladies went 23-10 and 14-2 in the North Star Athletic Association, finishing second in the regular season standings. Seniors Haley Glasoe (second team), Madison Wendel (third team) and Elise Peterson ( honorable mention) were all named to the AVCA NAIA All-America Team while senior Morgan Hensch was the first Jimmie to ever earn NAIA All-Tournament honors. She was one of 14 players selected for the team. Peterson, Glasoe, Wendel and Hensch all earn firstteam All-NSAA honors and all-region honors as well. Jon Hegerle was named NSAA Coach of the Year.
The women’s soccer team set a school record for wins this year in posting a 14-5-1 record while winning the NSAA regular season title with a perfect 4-0 record. The Jimmies advanced to the championship match for the All Tournament and just missed out on the on qualifying to advance to the championship match. The Jimmies were ranked No. 23 in the final regular season NAIA poll.
In men’s and women’s basketball, the men are at 11-5 and the women 16-2.
Matt Young won his third consecutive NSAA individual cross-country title running in the snow and sleet at Parkhurst campground. He finished 43rd at the NAIA national championships, better than any NSAA or GPAC competitor. Amber Posner qualified for nationals, finishing 260th. The men finished fifth at the NSAA Championships while the women finished second. Jim Clark celebrated his 40th year as a coach at UJ shared Johnson.
Jennifer Bollingberg welcomed everyone to the meeting, Emily Bivens gave the table blessing, Mark Reeves led the group in singing, and Gail Martin was sergeant at-arms collecting “Happy Dollars” for Camp Rokiwan.
Ricki Ramlo is in charge of program for Jan. 9, Holly Utke the table blessing, Linda Stoterau with Mark Reeves will lead in singing, and Shae Ost is the sergeant-at-arms. Rotary meets every Tuesday at 12:10 p.m. at the Quality Inn & Suites. Everyone is welcome.