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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The senior class is about to get its turn. The Jamestown High School football team will lean heavily on seniors when it plays its season opener at 7 tonight at Grand Forks Central. "We will be ready," said first-year coach Bill Nelson. "We'll sharpen a few more things." The Blue Jays are starting 10 seniors on both sides of the ball, part of a highly touted class that fared very well in freshman football.
In his six years at the helm, Jamestown boys tennis coach Pat Mullowney had never beaten powerhouse Bismarck Century. That changed on Thursday and in a big way. The Blue Jays took command early, dominating Century 9-0 in a West Region dual at Bolinger Courts. "We had our way tonight," Mullowney said. "We pulled out every match." Century was picked to finish second in the conference by the coaches in the preseason poll, while Jamestown was sixth.
Eight core players may have graduated, but expectations haven't changed for the Jamestown High School volleyball team. Still, consistent success could take a while. "We have a lot of young players," said Jamestown's Sara Hegerle, who was West Region coach of the year after leading her team to a share of the regular-season title.
Ben Smith sees the importance of being a well-rounded athlete. The Jamestown High School swimming and diving coach thinks of the student-athlete not just in terms of academics, but also as a multi-sport participant. Make no mistake though, academics come first. "We don't just talk about it—we do things to make sure we have a better team GPA," Smith said. "We have study halls and have school time on the bus. If there's a senior girl really good at math, she helps a sophomore or a freshman with math.
Jamestown managed to find a few soft spots in the armor of Bismarck Legacy, but there weren't enough. The defending West Region champion Sabers—who didn't lose a player from last year and will return the entire lineup next year—pulled off a 7-2 West Region victory at Bolinger Courts. "I'm pleased with our effort—we were outgunned in some of these," Jamestown coach Pat Mullowney said. "And I think we still had opportunities to get some sets." Jamestown's two wins came at the bottom of the singles lineup.
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With four full-time starters back, the Jamestown High School boys tennis team feels it has a good starting point to success. The Blue Jays aren't exactly turning to rookies to fill in the gaps, either. Jamestown starts the season today with the two-day Minot Round Robin. Junior Eric DeBoer was the team's No. 1 last year, but he was beat out by Tanner Lunzman for this year's top job. DeBoer will be the No. 2. DeBoer said he feels doubles could be the team's strength. "I think we're gonna be really good at doubles," he said. "We've got a lot of athletic people.
Experience won't be an issue for the Jamestown High School boys soccer team this fall. With four four-year starters and a host of other returners including junior goalkeeper Adam Reiten, the Blue Jays expect big things. "We can put 11 guys on the field who understand our system of play and are experienced at it," Jamestown second-year coach Mark Sherfy said. "We were able to get out of the gate quickly with training." Jamestown plays host to the East-West Crossover on Saturday at Rotary Field. The Jays play Grand Forks Central at 12:30 p.m.
Jamestown had a strong opening day at the East-West Classic on Monday. The Blue Jays carded a 355 and are in second place at the season-opening event at the Jamestown Country Club. Defending state champion Bismarck High is leading with a 359. Jamestown's Sierra Bennion is sixth overall with an 82. Class A's state runner-up from a year ago struggled on the green. "It was an off day," Bennion said. "I should not be shooting an 82. I parred the first hole, but then I had a triple bogey on No. 2. I never take a triple on No. 2.
It could be called the end of an era. Maybe I'm being overly sentimental, but I've only been in the Jamestown area for three-plus years. Still, it's worth noting that eight of the 11 regulars that played this summer for Jamestown Post 14 are all done.