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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The Jamestown High School gymnastics team finished second at the Fargo meet on Saturday. The Blue Jays scored a 134.8, good for second place behind Detroit Lakes (Minn), which crushed the field by winning every event and scoring a 147.2. For Jamestown coach Dave Tews, the performance was a mixed bag. "We performed well in a lot of areas, but we tailed off in a few, too," he said. "The balance beam kind of hurt us a little bit. On bars, we had our usual struggle, and the floor scoring was down." Jamestown made its hay on the vault, finishing as the No. 1 team in the event.
A sluggish first period left a bad taste in the mouth of Jamestown High School boys hockey coach Matt Stockert. The Blue Jays were never able to overcome it, either. Minot scored three goals in the opening stanza en route to a 6-1 West Region win on Saturday at Minot's Maysa Arena. "We didn't come ready to play," Stockert said. "It was a pretty frustrating first period, almost a little disheartening. You try to get up for a big game like that in Minot and you come out and lay an egg.
The University of Jamestown ratcheted up its defensive intensity late in the first half on Saturday. The extra effort willed the Jimmie men to a 94-69 triumph over winless Johnson and Wales at the Civic Center. "We had a really nice run the last four minutes of the first half and turned our pressure up on them," Jamestown coach Alan Magnani said. "They hit some shots early, but they just weren't able to keep up with the pace we put at them.
As far as defensive effort goes, Medina-Pingree-Buchanan didn't have much to complain about at the University of Jamestown Shootout on Friday. The Thunder held Sacred Heart (Minn.) to just 15 points through three quarters for a 42-26 triumph at the Civic Center. "I think we're a really good defensive team," said Cole Diede, M-P-B's point guard and only returning starter. "We've got to keep working hard on the little things. We've got to keep talking and start boxing out more." The Thunder never let Sacred Heart find any rhythm, which was especially evident in the third quarter.
South Border's Reed Eszlinger is still making the adjustment from junior varsity to varsity. The 5-foot-11 forward appears to be coming along nicely. In only his second game as a varsity starter, Eszlinger scored 16 points including six of the final seven as the Mustangs rallied for a 65-58 win over Dakota Prairie at the University of Jamestown Shootout on Friday at the Civic Center. "We're all new starters other than Hunter (Pinke), but we're used to each other," said Eszlinger, referring to the time they spent on JV.
Results of Jamestown Blue Jay gymnastic action.
Results of the Blue Jay wrestling activity over the weekend.
Slow second period derails Jays girls hockey squad.
The third period wasn't kind to the Jamestown High School boys hockey team on Friday night. After keeping high-powered Century at bay the first two periods, the Patriots put four goals on Jamestown goalie Brian Wenzel in the third, leading to a 5-1 West Region win at VFW Sports Center. Wenzel was spectaculer most of the night, stopping all 23 shots that came his way in the first period, as both both teams went scoreless. Jamestown struck first in the second period, scoring on a 5-on-3 when Kelton Beedy slipped the puck past Century goalie Max Barta 8 minutes, 23 seconds in.
Forfeits were abundant on Friday night at the Jamestown High School gymnasium. To Keith Shahin, however, that didn't make a difference. "A match is a match," Shahin said. "I'm just trying to fill wherever the team needs me right now." The Jamestown junior took a 13-6 decision over Bismarck St. Mary's David Schwartz as part of a dominating 57-24 victory in West Region play. The dual featured eight forfeits, six of which went in favor of the Blue Jays. "It's disappointing when you have to see a match like this," St. Mary's coach Rick Mathern said.