Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Prior to that, he was the sports editor at the Minot Daily News and The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. He also worked as a sports writer at The Dickinson Press. He was honored as North Dakota's Sportswriter of the Year for 2014.
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Jordan Thomas and Halle Uehran combined for 37 kills as Medina-Pingree-Buchanan defeated Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 3-1 in Class B volleyball action on Tuesday night. Thomas had 18 kills, 25 digs, seven blocks and two aces to help the Thunder to their 18th win in 21 matches. Uehran added 18 kills and had a team-best four aces. Mariah Wick triggered the offense with 20 assists. Hanna Bohl passed out 14. The Imperials got 10 kills from Jacey Dewald.
Alyssa Ukestad was looking to place her serve somewhere in the middle of the court for the final point of game 2 against Bismarck High on Tuesday night. She fell short of that goal. Instead, the ball hit the top of the net, rolled off the tape and landed in front of a pile of Demon players for an ace. The two-game lead helped secure a 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 West Region sweep at Jerry Meyer Arena. Up 1-0 in the match, Jamestown was trying to fend off the Demons in game 2. The Blue Jays were ahead 23-20 when Ukestad went back to serve.
Jamestown's Sierra Bennion shot a round-best 71, finishing in second place behind Fargo Davies' Jennifer Marsh at the Class A state golf meet on Tuesday at Rose Creek Golf Course...
The Jamestown High School girls golf team shot an opening-round 344 to tie for first with Fargo Davies at the Class A state golf meet Monday at Rose Creek Golf...
Sierra Bennion guesses she was about three years old when she first picked up a golf club. She can't say for sure because it's been so long, she can't remember.
Bismarck High gave Jamestown a double dose from its dangerous backfield on Friday night. All-state tailback Jaxon Ford was his usual self and fullback Jake Sanders got into the act, paving the way for the third-ranked Demons' 35-13 West Region win at Ernie Gates Field. Ford, at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, finished with 211 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, scoring on runs of 13, 2 and 3 yards in the first half. "It's going good right now," Ford said. "We're really coming together. The guys are stepping up and filling roles.
The postseason has brought excitement to the Jamestown High School girls golf team. First-year coach Tracy Gustafson said the Blue Jays seem to have come out of a funk after taking sixth at the Bismarck Century Invite on Sept. 19 at Tom O'Leary Golf Course. "The team dynamic has been brought back to life," said Gustafson, who took over for longtime coach Dean Kraft. "Things were getting stressful and we were starting to see some girls falling back. Now, we're as excited as we were in the beginning.
Jamestown ran into a brick wall in tennis powerhouse Grand Forks Red River on Thursday. In their quest for a 17th consecutive state championship, the Roughriders blanked Jamestown 5-0 in a state tennis quarterfinal in Grand Forks. The Roughriders cruised in singles action, clinching the win by losing just one game in three matches. Jamestown's biggest fight came from Connor Mullowney and Kelton Beedy at No.
The Jamestown High School volleyball team struggled on the road again on Thursday night. Senior-laden Mandan dropped the opening game, before settling in for a 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 West Region triumph over the young Jays. "Our kids are not feeling great right now," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "But it's not the end of the world.
Bill Nelson wrote 63-14 on the board in the locker room for every player to see this week. The Jamestown High School football coach was an assistant last year when the Blue Jays made the trip to Bismarck, only to fall to the Demons by 49 points on a cold, blustery day. "That's a sore spot for a lot of people," Nelson said. "We're a much better club than what we showed." A chance at redemption comes tonight, when third-ranked Bismarck High (4-1) comes to town. The contest starts at 7 p.m.