Sydney Ellingson (JR/Langdon, N.D.) (women’s volleyball) and Garrett Mitchell (SO/Shakopee, Minn.) (football) have been named Jamestown Optimist Club Athletes of the Week for the week of September 9-15, 2019.

Ellingson was also named Great Plains Athletic Conference/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week,

She ended the week with 39 digs (5.6 digs per set) as the Jimmies went 2-0 in GPAC conference play with wins over Mount Marty College and Dakota Wesleyan University on the road.

Jamestown (12-2) hosts Briar Cliff (Iowa) Saturday at 5 p.m.

Mitchell caught touchdown passes of 21 yards, 52 yards, and 6 yards from quarterback Jordan Mann (SR/Bismarck, N.D.) to account for all the Jimmie scores in a loss at Hastings. Garrett tied a school record with three TD catches in a game, last accomplished by Trent Roemmich in 2012.

Optimist International is an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.