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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Anna Holen's perimeter prowess is well-documented. But on Monday amid a sluggish first half during a Region 3 quarterfinal at the Jamestown Civic Center, the 5-foot-8 sophomore guard from LaMoure-Litchville-Marion headed to the low block. "We had her run high and low post," L-L-M coach Mitch Carlson said. "We had to do something to mix it up."
When South Border finally cut the deficit to three points early in the fourth quarter, it couldn't keep Olivia Anderson out of the paint. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's 6-foot senior forward scored off an inbounds pass and had two quick putbacks to help the Rebels secure a 53-40 Region 3 quarterfinal victory Monday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Anderson had game highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds, as E-K-M earned a spot against Medina-Pingree-Buchanan in today's second semifinal.
An ice-cold Jamestown girls basketball team turned to a freshman to heat up. Courtney Peterson came off the bench to score 16 points including eight in the final four minutes, securing a 52-46 West Region win over Dickinson on Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena. Peterson's scoring boost helped pave the way for the Blue Jays, who finished 18-of-75 (24 percent) from the floor. "My shots weren't falling, but after a while, I know that I can usually find a way to make a shot," Peterson said.
Jamestown may not have stopped The Aanen Moody Show, but the Blue Jays rode a balanced effort to victory on Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena. All-state forward Noah Wanzek's 22 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and four assists led five players in double figures, overcoming Moody's 46 points for a 97-85 triumph over fifth-ranked Dickinson in West Region boys basketball.
Paxton Mewes knocked out two more school records on his way to the Class A state semifinals on Thursday at the Fargodome. The Jamestown High School senior pinned Valley City's Jake Tangen in 36 seconds and followed that with a pin in 3:13 against Bismarck's Brady Bieber to become the school's first 50-match winner. He also becomes Jamestown's first five-time state placer as he's guaranteed at least sixth place. "He dominated," Jamestown coach Larry Eslick said. "He really went out there and overwhelmed them."
Bismarck Century's ranked basketball teams didn't breeze to two more wins on Friday, though they did end up on the right side. Jamestown's boys trailed by three with around nine minutes to play after a competitive first half, but ran out of steam in No. 1-ranked Century's 74-67 victory in Bismarck. The girls game had a similar ending, as it was about the same time when second-ranked Century pulled away for a 57-43 win. Both Patriots teams will be seeded No. 1 for the West Region tournament.
Burned out and barely hanging on to the sport of wrestling, Paxton Mewes took an entire summer to regroup. The Jamestown High School wrestler had finished sixth at 113 pounds as a freshman at the Class A state tournament, posting a 29-13 mark. But the weight gain he had experienced prior to entering high school had him cutting unhealthy corners just to compete at 113. "I was just getting tired," Mewes said. "I wasn't cutting the weight properly, doing it the wrong way. It wasn't good for me."
The Jamestown High School wrestling team heads to the Class A state tournament with quality over quantity. The Blue Jays are taking five wrestlers including top-seeded Paxton Mewes, who is favored to win a state championship at 160. Action starts today at the Fargodome. But Jamestown also has three other seeded wrestlers at state in senior Jakob Browning (152), freshman Ethan Bowman (120) and eighth-grader Noah Braun (113). All three are seeded sixth at their respective weights.
Carrington senior Billy Holtan admits there was hesitancy about the Class B defending state champion Cardinals competing at The Clash right after Christmas in Rochester, Minnesota. The dual tournament is home to some of the best wrestling in the nation and included Buchanan High School out of Clovis, California—Flo Wrestling's No. 3 team in the nation and Intermat's No. 5. "There was some apprehension there," said Holtan, a defending state champion at 152. "No one from Class B had been there before, and there are all those good teams. I was ecstatic about it."
In the middle of the season, Jamestown went through a stretch in which it was 7-2-1 and even moved into third place in the West Region standings. Austin Rene wants that feeling back. "It'll put a little extra drive into every one of us to get that feeling back in us again," the standout senior said. The fifth-seeded Blue Jays (8-10-3) head to the West Region tournament against fourth-seeded Mandan (11-8-2) at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at Minot's Maysa Arena.