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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Out to an 0-7 start to the season, the Jamestown High School girls basketball team desperately needed a victory to boost its spirits. How about a signature win? The Blue Jays got on the board by knocking off fifth-ranked and previously unbeaten Devils Lake 60-52 on Tuesday night at the JHS gym. "It's awesome -- it's a step in the right direction for us," said junior point guard Meghan Orr, who drained three 3-pointers and ended with 11 points.
It was a relatively common sight to see a basketball team cover the length of the court with just two passes on Tuesday night at the JHS gym. Appropriately, the defenses suffered. But it was a pair of free throws from junior Tanner Lunzman with 18.5 seconds remaining that helped secure a 71-68 nonconference win over Devils Lake. "It felt like a fast-paced game," said Jamestown junior Noah Wanzek, who scored a team-high 22 points.
Finding wins on the road has been tough for the Jamestown High School basketball teams. Now, they'll get their chance at home. After playing six of their first seven games away from the JHS gym, the Blue Jays return home for a doubleheader at 5:45 p.m., today against Devils Lake. They host Dickinson on Friday night and Williston on Saturday. "Traveling's always difficult, but we've played some pretty good games on the road," Jamestown senior Nick Fuchs said. "I think we've been playing pretty good lately.
Chelsey Frydenlund may have been feeling sick during Saturday's affair, but her game looked pretty healthy. The University of Jamestown junior guard had a trio of 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 19 points in a 94-76 win over Johnson and Wales (Colo.) at the Civic Center. "My shot felt on," said Frydenlund, who was 5-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the stripe while playing under the weather. "My teammates were getting me open.
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.