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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Logan Anderson and Noah Wanzek's physical presence can pay huge dividends for the Jamestown High School football team. Minot found that out last week. Nonetheless, the Magicians were still able to come away with a 14-point win despite four catches for 98 yards from Anderson and six catches for 93 yards from Wanzek. "(Quarterback) Andrew Hornung threw some really nice balls," said Anderson, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound wide receiver. "When Noah and I are on the outside, we have a little more of an advantage, being a little bigger than most on the edge.
Jamestown knocked out more than a few goals on Thursday night. The Blue Jays went 1-1 in a West Region double-dual, beating Bismarck Legacy 142-33 and falling to powerhouse Bismarck Century 124-62 at the JHS pool. But coach Ben Smith was pleased with the results, considering the Blue Jays posted five new state-qualifiers. "It was a solid showing," Smith said. "It's really encouraging, and it's been a busy week with homecoming." Jenny Allmer and Madison Prasek each qualified in two events. Allmer swam a 2:12.36 in the 200 freestyle, good for third place.
The Jamestown High School boys soccer team came storming out of the gates on Tuesday. Cohl Hatch scored an unassisted goal in the first minute of play, and Lucas Rosenau followed with the eventual game-winner in the second half as the Blue Jays took a 3-1 West Region win from host Mandan.
The way Bismarck Century looked in the first two games against Jamestown on Friday night, it figured to be a short match. Jamestown didn't go quietly, though. The Blue Jays rallied to a win in game 3 before succumbing in a competitive fourth game, as the Patriots dealt Jamestown a 25-10, 25-16, 24-26, 25-20 West Region volleyball loss at the JHS gym. Points were hard to come by right away for the Blue Jays, who allowed Century to jump out to 6-1 leads in games 1-2.
The Jamestown boys tennis team grabbed three top-six placings at the West Invite on Saturday. Connor Mullowney and Jake Reuther each came away with second place, falling in their respective championship matches. Eric DeBoer finished fifth. Mullowney won all three of his first three matches including a 6-0, 6-4 win over Ben Traynor of Fargo Shanley to punch his ticket to the title bout at No. 3 singles.
The Jamestown High School cross country teams finished in the top 10 at the Grand Forks Pre-state Invite on Saturday. Kyle Schumacher finished in 17 minutes, 12 seconds to earn 13th place in the boys race, which was won by Williston's Leif Everson (16:04). New Town won the team title, with the Blue Jays coming in eighth with a score of 197. Jamestown had four runners inside the top 40 in Cole Burkle, Dustin Wagner and Justus Naumann. Burkle's was a personal record. "It was encouraging," Jamestown coach Ken Gardner said.
Jamestown was able to avenge an earlier loss on Saturday at the Southwest Minnesota Challenge in Marshall, Minnesota. The Blue Jays, who were 1-3 up to that point, handled West Fargo 25-15 and 25-19 in high school volleyball action to finish the tournament with two wins. West Fargo had beaten Jamestown at the season-opening Bismarck Invite. "Overall, our goal for Marshall was accomplished," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "Every year, we go there and play quality teams.
The western winds of North Dakota can make the state's longest course feel even longer, but that wasn't a big problem for the Jamestown High School golf team on Friday. Instead, the Blue Jays struggled with putting, but still came away from the Dickinson Invite at Heart River Golf Course with third place. They carded a 363, behind Bismarck High (340) and Bismarck Century (357). "Putting has been an ongoing challenge," Jamestown coach Tracy Gustafson said.
MINOT—Jamestown answered questions about its passing game on Friday night.
Andrew Hornung's playmaking ability on offense broke out of its shell in a three touchdown performance that saw Jamestown beat Dickinson at home last season. Since Hornung has moved to quarterback this year, however, he's been trying to do it all with his arm. "I grew up always running first, and sometimes I missed receivers when they were open," he said. "I try to be pass-first as much as I can. ... (The coaches) have told me to run more." The Blue Jays (1-1) visit second-ranked Minot (2-0) at 7 p.m. today at Duane Carlson Stadium.