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 girls golf team had a two-stroke lead heading into the final day of the Class A state tournament, and it responded with an even better performance. Nonetheless, a dominant effort by Bismarck High bested all comers, giving the Demons their first state championship on Tuesday at the Jamestown Country Club. Junior Katie Kasper finished third in the tournament, bouncing back from a tough 88 with a 75 to help the Demons to a team score of 714, edging runner-up Jamestown by 11 strokes. "Katie Kasper kind of led the charge there," Jamestown coach Dean Kraft said.
Beka Hilgemann's heavy hitting helped Jamestown get out to a seven-point lead in set 3 with a sweep on the horizon. The Blue Jays ended up having to earn it the hard way. Hilgemann had four of her match-high 10 kills in the final set, and Jamestown held off a fierce Mandan rally for a 25-12, 25-16, 27-25 West Region triumph Tuesday at the JHS gym. Jamestown, which had 13 errors combined in the first two sets, made 12 in set 3. "We had a lot of hitting errors and serving errors," Hilgemann said.
The Jamestown High School football team received votes in this week's Class AAA poll, voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The Blue Jays received two points, coming off a 63-14 loss at No. 2-ranked Bismarck High on Friday. The Demons received five first-place votes. Fargo South, with nine top votes, remained at No. 1. Bismarck St. Mary's continued its reign, with 12 first-place votes in the Class AA poll. Jamestown (4-2) plays host to Bismarck Century on Friday at Ernie Gates Field. Class AAA Team (first place) Rcd Pts LW 1.
Jamestown High School coach Dean Kraft talked about sports psychology after his team shot a 366 to lead the first day of the Class A state girls golf meet. With 11 teams gunning for the Blue Jays at the Jamestown Country Club, maintaining a two-stroke lead won't be easy. "You need to convince yourself that you can't look ahead," Kraft said. "We need to do a good job of playing the golf course and not playing to a score." Junior Sierra Bennion carded an 80, helping Jamestown jump to the front of the pack. Bismarck High and Minot are tied for second with 368s.
Jaxon Ford's seven carries in the first quarter did a variety of damage. The Bismarck High junior turned his touches into 128 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 2-ranked Demons routed Jamestown 63-14 in West Region football action. Ford scored on runs of 39, 18, 25 and 32 yards, giving the Demons a 28-0 lead after the first quarter. The game was never in doubt thereafter. "It was a fun time out there," said Ford, who also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score in the third quarter. "The line did a great job and made things a lot easier for me.
Replacing eight starters on one side of the ball and not missing a beat requires depth and patience. Jamestown High School football coach Tim Fletcher turned to younger players to fill in those spots on defense, and it's paid dividends. The Blue Jays have allowed just 46 points in five games, the fifth-best total for a Jamestown team in the past 35 years. "We just have good depth this year," junior noseguard Austin Hagerott said. "Everybody steps up to play." Jamestown (4-1), which is No. 1 in Class AAA in points allowed, takes on No.
Scoring on the Jamestown High School boys soccer team has been a struggle for opponents this season. The Blue Jays have given up just 13 goals in their past 12 matches, holding three-time defending state champion Bismarck Century to just three total scores in two meetings. "We believe we can stop any team out there," senior defender Jesse Saxberg said. "It doesn't matter how good their offense is." The Blue Jays are looking for their first trip to state since 2008, when they square off against Bismarck St.
Anna Holen had 15 kills, 15 digs and two blocks to lift LaMoure to a 25-19, 25-20, 26-24 high school volleyball win on Thursday night in LaMoure. Brianna Shockman added eight kills and nine digs, and Jackie Meiklejohn had 30 assists, 11 digs and four aces for the winners, who improved to 11-1. South Border's Morgan Schnabel had 14 kills, seven digs and five aces in the loss. LaMoure 3, South Border 0 S. Border 19 20 24 LaMoure 25 25 25 SB: Kills, Morgan Schnabel 14, Amy Jacobson 7. Assists, Courtney Jochim 14. Aces, Schnabel 5, Jochim 4. Blocks, Jacobson 1.
The Jamestown High School volleyball team was pushed to the brink on Tuesday night. However, the senior-laden Blue Jays rallied from a 2-1 deficit to post a 25-22, 20-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-10 West Region victory at Bismarck High. "They picked apart our defense," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "They hit so many balls just over the net.
Bismarck Century had designs on a perfect run through the West Region this season. Jamestown put the kibosh on that on Tuesday. The Blue Jays scored early and then held on for a 1-1 tie against the three-time defending state champion and West Region rival at the Bismarck Community Bowl. "The boys were really ecstatic about finishing the regular season this way," Jamestown coach Mark Sherfy said. "It's what we need going into Friday." The Blue Jays start the West Region tournament Friday in Mandan, and the tie gives them the momentum after suffering closes losses to Bismarck St.