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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Jarelle Miller wanted to set the tone immediately against Waldorf College (Iowa) on Saturday. The University of Jamestown senior linebacker led a squad that had one of its best performances of the season, stifling the Warriors 29-7 at Rollie Greeno Field. The win evened the Jimmies' North Star Athletic Association record to 3-3, improving to 3-6 overall. "There's been a lot of emotion and adversity with us," said Miller, referring to the team's defense.
Jamestown flexed its muscles in the diving competition during a West Region double-dual on Friday night. Erin Hillerud, Morgan Mewes and Nadia Netolicky went 1-2-3 as the Blue Jays downed Williston 95-83 and Dickinson 115-70 on senior night at the JHS pool. Hillerud tallied 216 points en route to the title, while Mewes (167.60) and Netolicky (161.25) also put up respectable numbers. However, Jamestown also fared well in other events, winning four of 12. Jamestown coach Ben Smith said he was very pleased with his relays.
Mark Ukestad's first year as an assistant coach with the Jamestown High School football team was a season to remember. It was Darin Erstad's senior year, and a 7-1 regular season paved the way for two playoff wins and a trip to the the state championship game where the Blue Jays fell to Bismarck St. Mary's. "We had a team with players built like college guys," recalled Ukestad, who had graduated from Valley City State the previous spring. "It was a fun year to be a part of. I thank Mr.
Ken Gardner watched both of his Jamestown High School cross country teams accomplish feats that made him proud on Saturday. Gunning for all-state, senior Kyle Schumacher made a surge in the final quarter-mile to get inside the top 20 and earn that prestigious award at the Class A state meet at Lincoln Park in Grand Forks. Schumacher finished in 19th place, an astounding feat considering there were double the amount of runners of the West Region meet, where Schumacher had taken 18th to earn all-conference. He ran a 16:52 to make all-state. "He was pretty excited," Gardner said.
When Kyle Schumacher can see the finish line, he pushes harder. The Jamestown High School cross country runner loves the feeling of accomplishment—not to mention the breather—when the race is over. "It's one of the best feelings in the world," said Schumacher, a five-year varsity veteran. "You see it, and you think to yourself, 'The faster you get there, the faster you're gonna feel it.'" Schumacher has his sights set on today's Class A state meet at Lincoln Drive Park in Grand Forks.
There wasn't much to complain about for the University of Jamestown volleyball team on Friday night. It seemed like a perfect match. Well, almost perfect. "We had a few more passing errors than we usually do," coach Jon Hegerle said. Nonetheless, the Jimmies breezed to a 25-11, 25-19, 25-12 victory over Valley City State in North Star Athletic Association play. "We played really well, and we made very few errors," Hegerle said. "Because of that, it was tough for Valley. They just didn't get many breaks. We made it difficult for them." The only game that was competitive was the second.
The senior class for the Jamestown High School football team formed a bond in junior high, but Noah Wanzek said it was a freshman game that turned heads. "We went and beat Minot at Minot," the 6-foot-4 wide receiver recalled. "We won by like two points. It was pretty crazy." The freshman class contributed to a playoff team as sophomores and made up a big part of last year's squad. However, 2015 hasn't gone the way the seniors had hoped. Jamestown (1-7) plays its season finale Saturday at Bismarck Legacy (0-9).
The defense has been rapidly improving as of late for the Jamestown High School volleyball team, and it made itself known against Minot on Tuesday night. Minot was held to four kills over the final two games, as the Blue Jays triumphed 25-18, 25-9, 25-19 in West Region play on "Dig Pink" night at Jerry Meyer Arena. "We've come together and worked really hard," said sophomore back-row player Hannah Schiele, who had 12 digs and two aces.
The Jamestown High School volleyball team spent a long time on the road this weekend, with trips to Dickinson and Williston. The Blue Jays didn't spend much time on the court, though. After breezing by Dickinson in three on Friday, Jamestown took a 25-5, 25-15, 25-15 West Region win from Williston on Saturday. "We just had a carry-over from Friday," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "The kids were focused in Dickinson, and it just kept going. It was really nice to see, especially to start out like that." Jamestown has a 7-6 record in the West Region, improving to 15-16 overall.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—Mayville State tried to put the University of Jamestown in a hole immediately, running a halfback-reverse pass on the opening play of Saturday's game. Like they did most of the day, the Jimmies responded. Carrington native Scott Engelhorn picked off the pass, the first of five Mayville turnovers in the Jimmies' 17-7 triumph in North Star Athletic Association action at Jerome Berg Field. Senior linebacker Jared Mack recovered a fumble and grabbed an interception in the win for Jamestown (2-5), which evened its conference record to 2-2. "We always want to be plus-three o