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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The Jamestown High School girls tennis team lost all five matches it played on Saturday, but it didn't go without a fight. Bailee Graves and Kaitlin Mullowney earned a spot at this week's state tournament by getting to the semifinals of the West Region tournament on Friday. They fell in both of their matches on Saturday, as did three other Blue Jays. However, three of the four matches went to three sets in Bismarck.
Austin Rene was sharp again, but Jamestown's placement slipped back amid a field that shot solid scores at the Bismarck Century Invite on Saturday at Tom O'Leary Golf Course. The Jamestown senior carded a 76 to tie for third place, putting him in the top three for the fourth meet in a row. It was the final meet of the regular season. "Austin is playing the golf he knows he can," Jamestown coach John Samuelson said. "He was one off the lead and played pretty well. He told me he left a lot of shots on the course."
For most of this season, Jamestown's big problem has been its inability to start fast. With the way the first minute went down on Friday, it meant only good things for the Blue Jays. Alexa Kudrna scored off Megan Gaffaney's pass only 45 seconds in to set the tone, as Jamestown took a commanding 6-1 win over Bismarck High in West Region girls soccer at Rotary Field. Kudrna's score was one of three for Jamestown in the first 20 minutes. The game was a far cry from the first match they played nearly a month ago that ended in a scoreless tie.
The Jamestown High School boys golf team continues to turn the corner. Austin Rene carded a 76 to tie for second after losing a three-person playoff as the Blue Jays earned a season-best runner-up finish with a 332 at the Mandan Invite on Friday at Prairie West Golf Course. Minot won the meet with a 312, as Cole Nelson and Cody Reynolds led the Magicians with 76s that tied Rene. Nelson won the meet on the second hole of the playoff.
Jamestown came up just short against Mandan in the regular season, and the result repeated itself at the West Region tournament on Thursday. Mandan punched its ticket to state with a 3-2 win in a state-qualifier in Bismarck, sending the fifth-seeded Blue Jays home. "Obviously, we're disappointed," Jamestown coach Jordan Koushkouski said. "I thought this would be the year we got over the hump, but I knew it would be tough. This is the best season we've had in a while with a 4-4 (region) record."
Bailee Graves isn't concerned with the upcoming West Region tournament and trying to get the Jamestown High School girls tennis team back to state for the first time in more than a decade. For her, it's about the next match. The fifth-seeded Blue Jays play fourth-seeded Minot in the opening round of team competition at the West Region tournament today in Bismarck. It'll be a rematch, as the Majettes recently won 9-0 on Saturday.
Alex Russell stopped Jamestown from earning a split on Tuesday night. The Bismarck High School senior hit an RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Demons to a 3-2 West Region win and the sweep at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark. Bismarck won the opener 7-0. In the second game, Jamestown struck early with a run in the first, though Bismarck came back with two runs in the fourth to take the lead off starter Ben Friebel, who went the distance.
It's been seven years since Jamestown High School made a surprising run at the state girls soccer tournament. With some help from Bismarck Century, the Blue Jays are finally going back. The Patriots blanked Mandan 5-0 on Tuesday night, meaning Jamestown is assured one of the top four spots to represent the West Region at state, as there is no region tournament.
Even after his 300-meter hurdles time is adjusted for being handheld, Jamestown senior Dylan Koenig still sparkled at the Al Cassell Relays on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. Koenig didn't run a career-best in the event, but he came close by notching Class A's second-best time this season with a 40.64. His 40.54 leads the state. "It was my third race of the day so under the conditions, I think I did OK," said Koenig, a University of Jamestown commit. "Maybe if I had run it first, it could have been a better time."
Three decisions in a day doesn't happen often in baseball, but Jamestown ended up on the right side on Saturday. The Blue Jays hosted Minot at Jack Brown Stadium looking to finish an extra-inning game from earlier this season that had to be suspended due to darkness at Minot, and Jamestown came out victorious by winning with a run in the top of eighth for an 11-10 triumph. Jamestown then hosted the regularly scheduled doubleheader with Minot's Easton Bennett firing a no-hitter in the opening 5-0 win before the Blue Jays answered with an 8-5 win in the second game.