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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Jamestown may not be sending a team to the Class A state golf meet, but outgoing coach Dean Kraft feels good about the quality that will be representing the Blue Jays at Edgewood Golf Course in Fargo. Senior Nick Stockert and junior Austin Rene are headed to today's state meet after averaging a 79 during the season, which placed them in the top 10 in the state. They made it by score during an individual qualifier earlier this season. "They have not had very consistent years between the two of them," said Kraft, who has taken over as head golf coach at the University of Jamestown.
JAMESTOWN -- Fargo North's defense saved its best effort for the state tournament. The Spartans made it through without allowing a goal, capping a strong weekend with a 2-0 victory and a state championship over Bismarck High on Saturday at Rotary Field. "It's amazing what the defense did in this tournament," said sophomore Molly Sarafolean, who scored North's second goal. "Our goalies have been on top of it in this tournament.
First-half goals have come at a premium for teams at the state soccer tournament this weekend, and when they've happened, it's foreshadowed victory every time. Fargo North crossed that off its semifinal checklist immediately on Friday at Rotary Field. Carly Bosch scored in the second minute, and Molly Sarafolean added a pair of late goals as the Spartans topped Bismarck St. Mary's 3-0 to earn a spot in today's championship match. Before fans were even settled in their seats, Bosch and her teammates erupted with excitement after slipping one by St.
For Fargo North, holding down Minot's high-powered offense was about capitalizing and simplifying. The third-seeded Spartans stuck to their game plan, turning limited opportunities into a 3-0 triumph Thursday at Rotary Field. Fargo North plays Bismarck St. Mary's in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. today. "We came in here really focused on our game plan," Fargo North Michelle Crary said. "We had an idea from playing them in a crossover of what they would do.
Lindsey Schweitzer is a quick study. The Bismarck St. Mary's junior wouldn't call herself an experienced goal scorer, having played defense most of her life. Nonetheless, her leg made a big difference on Thursday. After saving 24 shots in goal, Schweitzer drilled the game-winning score during a shootout in the state soccer quarterfinals at Rotary Field. The fourth-seeded Saints prevailed 1-0, winning the shootout 3-1. It's the third trip to the state semifinals in four years for St. Mary's. "I think we just proved everyone wrong," Schweitzer said.
On a day of upsets, West Fargo made sure West Region champion Bismarck Century was not immune. Goalkeeper Danielle Haekenkamp held steady as the Packers won 3-2 in a shootout during the state soccer quarterfinals Thursday at Rotary Field. West Fargo won the shootout 2-0. Earlier in the day, top-seeded Fargo Davies and second-seeded Minot both lost. "We told the girls, 'Why can't we can't continue it?'" said West Fargo coach James Moe, whose team plays in today's semifinals.
Class B girls golf tournament wraps up in Jamestown.
Class B state golf meet continues in Jamestown today.
Jays baseball squad looks forward to state tournament.
BISMARCK—Throwing at Carrington comes with expectations. Steady success often does that. The Cardinals continued their dominance in throwing events at this year's Class B state track and field meet with yet another state champion at the MDU Resources Bowl. Senior Bailey Retzlaff captured her second straight discus title on Friday and came back with a shot-put championship on the final day, earning a mark of 42 feet, 3 inches. The strong throw came on her second try in the prelims. "I was like, 'Maybe I have it in the bag,' but there are so many girls that could have also thrown that