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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Jamestown College applies to the GPAC

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Jamestown College applies to the GPAC
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Jamestown College (N.D), a private institution that belongs to the rapidly dissipating Dakota Athletic Conference, has applied to join the Great Plains Athletic Conference.


JC athletic director Lawrie Paulson said the school is looking for a home since the DAC continues to lose members. Minot State (N.D.) is transitioning into NCAA Division II and has applied for membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, along with the GPAC's the University of Sioux Falls.

Black Hills State and South Dakota School of Mines are beginning their transition to Division II and Dickinson State (N.D.) is talking about a move to the Frontier Conference. Combine those elements with the fact that Dakota State said it will become an NAIA independent next year and the DAC is left with only three schools -- Valley City State, JC and Mayville State, all N.D. schools.

"We feel like we need to find a home," Paulson said. "The GPAC matches our own philosophy. They have the same offerings we have. When we were filling out the application, we knew we were a similar institution because point by point, we were virtually a match."

JC is the only current DAC member to have men's and women's soccer, which the GPAC sponsors. JC and Dickinson State are the only institutions with wrestling, though Minot added soccer and wrestling for its transition while in its final year in the DAC. JC also has women's wrestling.

A move to the GPAC would finally give the JC soccer teams and the men's wrestling team a conference schedule,

"We have some programs that have not had the (conference) experience, in that regard," Paulson said. "Joining with the GPAC schools would be a really nice upgrade for those programs."

Paulson said the only concern would be traveling, which he downplayed.

"One thing we have to get through is the geography," Paulson said. "(But) there are a lot of reasons why we would be interested in joining the GPAC. There are a lot of reasons to accept us."

Paulson said he has not been told when he will hear from the conference.

"The only thing I was told is that this application would be on the fall agenda," Paulson said. "We're not expecting a definite answer, but just hoping that they're interested enough to continue to explore."

Ackerson enters DWU Hall of Fame

On Saturday, Dakota Wesleyan University welcomed another addition to its athletic hall of fame.

Dave Ackerson, who now resides in Tyler, Texas, was inducted during halftime of DWU's football game against Midland University (Neb.).

Ackerson is a 1972 graduate of DWU, lettering for four years on the track and field team and setting seven school records. He broke the school mark in the 55- and 160-meter intermediate hurdles and the 60 low and 55 high hurdles.

A two-time conference hurdle champion, Ackerson never finished lower than sixth in any event in his collegiate career. He helped the Tigers to third place at conference and district meets.

Former teammate Tom Bell and former coach John Hartung presented Ackerson with his plaque.

Soccer raises money for cancer prevention

The Dakota Wesleyan men and women's soccer teams have helped raise nearly $500 in support of cancer prevention over the past 12 months.

Members from the team have collected donations for the American Cancer Society and done other activities including inviting a young cancer survivor to speak to the teams, collecting pledges for points scored during the 2009 season and bagging groceries for the annual Grocers Fight Cancer day in Mitchell.

In addition to that, they've also displayed cancer prevention banners at home games and hosted a girls soccer tournament in support.

Gust inducted into prep hall

Dakota Wesleyan baseball coach Steve Gust was inducted into the Sacred Heart Hall of Fame last week.

Sacred Heart, a private high school in East Grand Forks, Minn., won five conference titles and advanced to four straight section championship games from 2000 to 2004. He compiled a 132-36 record at Sacred Heart.

Gust came to Dakota Wesleyan in 2008 and has a 67-40 record in two seasons.