Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Before 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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MINOT -- Jamestown finally found its rhythm on the final day of the Class A state volleyball tournament. The Blue Jays continued their dominance over rival Bismarck High with a 27-25, 16-25, 25-21, 25-22 victory to claim fifth place Saturday at the Minot State Dome. The finish is the second-best in school history, behind last year's state championship. "I think we should be really proud of that," said Jenna Stilwell, who tallied 17 kills and seven digs. "Our team should be proud of each other. This is probably the closest I've ever been with anybody.
Jays advance in consolation bracket of state Class A volleyball tournament.
Jamestown Blue Jays defeated in first round of state volleyball tournament.
Not surprisingly, the University of Jamestown and Dickinson State saw their ground games reflect the cold conditions in the first half on Saturday. But the sun came out in the second half, and DSU's Jesse Carney heated up, running for a pair of touchdowns in the Blue Hawks' 28-21 win in North Star Athletic Association play at Rollie Greeno Field. Carney finished with 137 yards on 19 carries, rushing 14 times for 124 yards in the second half. "They went to a little different formation and started running things downhill," Jamestown coach Shawn Frank said. "He's a good running back.
Sloppy and turnover-ridden, the University of Jamestown's game on Saturday was anything but pretty. But the Jimmies scored at will in the opening half, which carried them to a 85-65 victory over Crossroads College (Minn.) at the Civic Center. "We played really well in the first half," UJ coach Alan Magnani said. "We did a good job of moving the ball and pressuing them on defense. We had good focus in the first half." Brequan Tucker led all scorers with 17 points and was one of six Jimmies in double figures. Logan Brown had 16 points and five assists, while Jacob Hagler added 14 points.
It was textbook Jimmie basketball for Greg Ulland's bunch on Saturday. Behind a superb first-half effort that included balanced scoring and stifling defense, the No. 7-ranked University of Jamestown downed Concordia-Moorhead 60-47 at the Civic Center. The Jimmies (4-3) led 34-19 at halftime, thanks to an early 12-2 run that was kickstarted by a Jordan Bridges bucket. It was Concordia's first official game of the season, though it did beat the University of Mary in an exhibition more than a week ago.
Annie Hart had lofty goals for this weekend's state swimming and diving meet in Bismarck. She knocked one out in the prelims on Friday, punching her ticket to the butterfly finals with a school-record time of 1:01.26. Her season best was 1:03.44, but she bested that by more than two seconds, beating the mark of 1:02.33 set by Lauren Mickelson in 1999. "It was a strong race," Jamestown coach Ben Smith said. "She smashed that record. It was awesome." Hart is the only swimmer in the "A" finals for Jamestown, as she fared well in her main event, the backstroke.
Ahead 24-21, Bismarck High was on the verge of taking the first set against Jamestown on Friday night in Dickinson. The West Region tournament semifinal match was looking more and more like a terrible start for the Blue Jays. "BHS was pounding balls all over the court," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. Back-to-back kills from Jenna Stilwell and McKayla Keller drew the Blue Jays within one, before three Bismarck errors gave Jamestown the set 26-24, setting the tone for a four-set victory and a trip to the title match for the third straight year. Set scores were 26-24, 18-25, 25-22 and 25-