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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Bismarck High gave Jamestown a double dose from its dangerous backfield on Friday night. All-state tailback Jaxon Ford was his usual self and fullback Jake Sanders got into the act, paving the way for the third-ranked Demons' 35-13 West Region win at Ernie Gates Field. Ford, at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, finished with 211 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, scoring on runs of 13, 2 and 3 yards in the first half. "It's going good right now," Ford said. "We're really coming together. The guys are stepping up and filling roles.
The postseason has brought excitement to the Jamestown High School girls golf team. First-year coach Tracy Gustafson said the Blue Jays seem to have come out of a funk after taking sixth at the Bismarck Century Invite on Sept. 19 at Tom O'Leary Golf Course. "The team dynamic has been brought back to life," said Gustafson, who took over for longtime coach Dean Kraft. "Things were getting stressful and we were starting to see some girls falling back. Now, we're as excited as we were in the beginning.
Jamestown ran into a brick wall in tennis powerhouse Grand Forks Red River on Thursday. In their quest for a 17th consecutive state championship, the Roughriders blanked Jamestown 5-0 in a state tennis quarterfinal in Grand Forks. The Roughriders cruised in singles action, clinching the win by losing just one game in three matches. Jamestown's biggest fight came from Connor Mullowney and Kelton Beedy at No.
The Jamestown High School volleyball team struggled on the road again on Thursday night. Senior-laden Mandan dropped the opening game, before settling in for a 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 West Region triumph over the young Jays. "Our kids are not feeling great right now," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "But it's not the end of the world.
Bill Nelson wrote 63-14 on the board in the locker room for every player to see this week. The Jamestown High School football coach was an assistant last year when the Blue Jays made the trip to Bismarck, only to fall to the Demons by 49 points on a cold, blustery day. "That's a sore spot for a lot of people," Nelson said. "We're a much better club than what we showed." A chance at redemption comes tonight, when third-ranked Bismarck High (4-1) comes to town. The contest starts at 7 p.m.
Trailing 10-4 in the fifth game, it appeared the University of Jamestown volleyball team had finally run out of steam against 14th-ranked Dordt College (Iowa) on Thursday night. But instead of playing conservatively in an attempt to prolong the affair, the Jimmies kept firing away. Jamestown was rewarded for its well-placed aggression, holding on for the upset at the Hansen Center. Set scores were 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 22-25 and 15-13. "I think we were just taking it point by point," said middle hitter Madison Wendel, a Carrington native. "We were taking every opportunity as it opened up.
The Jamestown High School boys tennis team has grown accustomed to the underdog role, and it won't be any different at today's state tournament in Grand Forks. Having qualified for the first time in 13 years, the Blue Jays open the team competition against East Region powerhouse Grand Forks Red River, a winner of 17 consecutive state championships. It's safe to say the fourth-seeded Jays will again be looked at as underdogs. "No one's gonna expect us to beat Grand Forks Red River," sophomore Baylee Hatlewick said.
The Jamestown High School boys soccer team didn't make many mistakes on Tuesday night, but the few they did make were costly. A miscommunication led to a Bismarck High goal early in the second half, and the Demons rode that nearly all the way to the end in a 2-0 West Region victory at Rotary Field. "It was a nail-biter for a while," said Bismarck senior Hunter Johnson, who broke away for the game's second goal with 12 seconds left after Jamestown had decided to play up. "Jamestown has really stepped it up with their defense. They're able to shut people down and take care of the ball.
Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle thought her team had figured out its slow start on Tuesday night. Bismarck St. Mary's caught fire in game 4 and never looked back. The Saints fell behind 2-1, but rallied for a 25-23, 18-25, 17-25, 25-17, 15-8 win in West Region volleyball play in Bismarck. "We had put together two nice, really solid sets in a row," Hegerle said. "All-around, we made few errors with solid defense, but St.
The last time the Jamestown High School girls golf team played Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck, good putts came at a premium. There were plenty to be found on Monday. The Blue Jays had a banner day in dramatic fashion, as senior Sierra Bennion beat Bismarck's Katie Kasper on the final hole for medalist honors and Jamestown came away with a West Region championship by one stroke. "It was so much fun, especially with the team," Bennion said. "It was a clean sweep." Jamestown carded an impressive 322, beating Bismarck with the help of Bennion and junior Sarah Azure's career-best 79.