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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Jake Preston ran into trouble with a triple bogey on No. 9 during the second day of the Class B state boys golf meet at the Jamestown Country Club. Still, the calm and collected Hillsboro-Central Valley senior wasn't fazed. "It kind of took the pressure off," Preston said. "Just go out and catch the other guys."
Jake Preston's trip to the Jamestown Country Club didn't end well a few weeks ago. The Hillsboro-Central Valley senior wanted to get a feel for the course ahead of Tuesday's Class B state meet, but he didn't exactly show up on an ideal day. "It was 40 degrees, raining and blowing to beat heck," Preston said. "That was tough. I didn't shoot very well, but I had a little better feel for it this time." It may not have been as cold, but there was still plenty of rain for Preston to overcome. Nonetheless, he fired an even-par 70 for a two-stroke lead after the first day.
Jamestown won't be returning to the Class A state golf meet as a team, and it was decided in crushing fashion. Dickinson won a tiebreaker over the Blue Jays that went down to a single stroke by the fifth scorer, as the Midgets claimed the sixth and final spot for next week's state meet at Minot. Both teams shot 343s, but Dickinson's Hunter Myran carded a 96 as the Midgets' fifth-best scorer, while Jamestown's Adam Reiten and Jared Kallenbach both came in with 97s.
Chloe Skari was only a freshman when she made a big impression on Jamestown girls soccer coach Mike Schulz. The defenseman went toe to toe with a forward from Bismarck Century that was Division I-bound, Schulz recalled. "She didn't shy away from her," Schulz recalled. "She was able to hold her in check. The game didn't go our way, but her individual effort has really grown from there."
Bismarck Century's Ian McDonald and Bismarck High's Jordan Mann were unbeaten on the mound against each other's team this season. The two finally faced off in the West Region baseball tournament championship on Saturday and something had to give. McDonald outdueled Mann with a four-hitter as the Patriots laid claim to a hard-fought 3-0 victory at Jack Brown Stadium. Century earns the top seed out of the West Region for the Class A state tournament to be played on the same field on Thursday.
Madison Barnes was part of two superb efforts at the Class A state track and field meet Saturday in Bismarck. In fact, she closed the show with a nail-biter. Officials had to go to the thousandths of a second to determine the winner between the 1,600-meter relay teams from Jamestown and Bismarck Century. In the end, the Blue Jays prevailed. The decorated foursome of Meghan Orr, Alexis Jensen, Kylee Voigt and Barnes triumphed in a photo finish that broke their own school record they set earlier this season.
Harris Rice isn't modest about his team's goals. "We're just looking to win state," the Bismarck High right-hander said with a big smile. "That's our goal." The Demons took a big step on Friday, as Rice's three-hitter highlighted a 4-0 blanking of Dickinson in the West Region tournament semifinals at Jack Brown Stadium. The win puts Bismarck into the West Region championship game to be played at 5 p.m., today. More importantly, the Demons are assured of a spot in next week's Class A state tournament.
Jamestown's Dylan Koenig is gunning for a championship on Saturday morning. He's one of multiple potential point-scorers for the Blue Jays. Koenig has run five of the seven fastest Class A times in the 300 hurdles this season, with a 40.11 holding up as the best in the state ahead of Friday's state meet in Bismarck. Koenig didn't take to the 300 hurdles right away, but has since grown to enjoy them.
Jamestown coach Kelley Kessler tempered his expectations this season with a squad of mostly first-year varsity players in which even eighth-graders played a role. The Blue Jays didn't play the part of bottom-feeder very well. They finished with a 14-18 record, having earned the No. 7 seed out of nine teams for today's West Region tournament at Jack Brown Stadium. The Jays play second-seeded Bismarck High at 12:30 p.m.
Kylee Voigt and Alexis Jensen have been 400-meter runners since they started competing in track and field. Madison Barnes and Meghan Orr have added the race to their arsenal and thrived. Jamestown High School's senior foursome may not compete in every open 400, but its been a wild ride for the 1,600 relay. The Blue Jays have taken the event by storm, posting a time of 4 minutes, 1.87 seconds that's ranked No. 1 heading into Friday's Class A state meet at the Bismarck Community Bowl. It's nearly four seconds faster than the next-best time, which is held by Fargo Davies.