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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I don't spend much time on hate. The less of it that consumes my everyday life, the better. It's ultimately up to me and how I choose to perceive the situation, but I tend to be of the type that forgives, but does not forget. That view isn't limited to personal hate; I take the same view for what I call "sports hate." Let me start with this: I'm a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan. My uncles got me started at around age 5 with the great defenses that featured Chris Doleman and Keith Millard.
Perhaps it's appropriate that the chosen color for colon cancer awareness is blue. It fits right in with the Jamestown Blue Jays. The boys hockey team is looking to do its part, dedicating tonight's affair vs. Minot at Wilson Arena to colon cancer awareness. The game is slated for 7:30 p.m. "I think it's a great way to raise awareness and get people out to the game," said senior goalie Brian Wenzel, a team captain. "A lot of other sports teams do it.
Bismarck Century had everything rolling on Tuesday night. The Patriots used fast starts in both games of the doubleheader, as the boys beat Jamestown 82-24 and the girls won 68-17 in West Region play at Century's gym. Dalton Feeney led five players in double figures with 16 points. Adam Geiger had all 11 of his points including three 3-pointers in the second half, while Riley Henderson, Andrew Holen and Sam Leidholm each dumped in 10 points. No. 2-ranked Century never trailed, jumping out to a 21-4 advantage right away, led by 12 points from Feeney.
Jamestown was nipping at Mandan's heels when a penalty derailed the Blue Jays' momentum on Tuesday night. A 5-minute major in the final 10 minutes hindered Jamestown's ability to rally from a one-goal deficit and fueled Mandan to a pair of power-play scores in a 4-1 West Region triumph in Mandan. "When we finished that major, we pulled the goaltender and still went after it," Jamestown coach Matt Stockert said. "I'm proud of the kids for gutting it out. The urgency was there.
A showdown of area wrestlers was featured in the 152-pound championship match Saturday at the Bismarck Rotary. Round 2 went to Billy Holtan. The Carrington wrestler secured a takedown in overtime to beat Jamestown's Paxton Mewes 3-1, after Mewes had beaten Holtan 2-0 for seventh place at the Rumble on the Red more than a week ago. Holtan was one of three Cardinals to make championship matches, though he was the only victor.
Coming off close losses to Fargo Davies and Turtle Mountain, Jamestown didn't panic. In fact, the Blue Jays responded with three straight wins. The latest was another impressive performance of teamwork, as the Blue Jays dismantled Williston 67-52 in West Region play Saturday at the JHS gym. Noah Wanzek had his third consecutive 20-point outing, pouring in 24 this time. Logan Anderson was also in double figures, scoring all 10 of his points in the first half. Jamestown led 40-26 at the break. "It feels awesome," Jamestown senior Ross Monson said.
Even creating 30 turnovers and ratcheting up offensive opportunities wasn't enough to shake the shooting woes of the Jamestown High School girls basketball team on Saturday. The Blue Jays continued to struggle offensively, shooting 24 percent (14-58) as Williston claimed a 57-48 West Region victory at the JHS gym. "That's been the plague all year," said Skunberg, whose team dropped to 0-5 in the region and 1-9 overall. "We shot 24 percent, they shot 42 percent. It's tough to battle when you've got that big of a difference in shooting percentage.
Dickinson's offense exploded in the first period on Saturday. It was clearly too much for Jamestown to overcome. The Midgets unloaded five times in the opening stanza, and Rachel Lantz and Kira Zastoupil each posted hat tricks in Dickinson's 9-4 triumph at Wilson Arena. The game gave Lantz 13 goals on the season, third-best in the state. Zastoupil clinched her hat trick with her ninth goal of the season in the third period. "They're our centers, they run their lines," Dickinson coach Al Takle said.
Jamestown coach Dave Tews was pleased with the meet had by his gymnastics team on Friday night. However, the competition was high, and the Blue Jays finished fourth out of five teams with 137.100 at their Knights of Columbus Invite at the Jamestown Gymnastics Club. Perennial powerhouses Minot and Dickinson both attended with the former taking home the title with a 146.250. Dickinson was suprisingly a little farther back, tallying a 142.225. Jamestown had multiple top 10 finishers, with their best all-arounder being Erin Hillerud, who placed eighth with a 35.100.
Dickinson worked the ball around, waiting for a good shot early in the first half on Friday night. It came in bunches early, and Jamestown spent the rest of the time playing catch-up. Meryl Kovacs dumped 31 points on the Blue Jays in the Midgets' 62-43 West Region victory at the JHS gym. It's the first win of the season for Dickinson, which improved to 1-3 in the region and 1-7 overall despite 22 turnovers. "We've been proud of how we've improved since the Christmas break," said Alysia Barman, in her first year at Dickinson.