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—Jamestown coach Andy Skunberg has a couple of ideas on beating a team that converts on 12 of 16 3-point attempts. "Make 13 of 17, or 14 of 18," he said. Bismarck St. Mary's brought the firepower from long range, missing just four times to end Jamestown's season with a 75-62 win in a West Region loser-out contest Friday at the Bismarck Event Center. Tonya Dvorak led three players in double figures with 22 points, hitting on six of nine tries from beyond the arc. Taylor Gerving scored 15, sinking five of her six attempts. Kaitlyn Wanner added 12 points.
BISMARCK—Holding a six-point lead with less than eight minutes to play Thursday, Jamestown ran out of gas. Bismarck Legacy turned up the tempo with a 10-0 run en route to a 79-72 victory in the opening round of the West Region tournament at the Bismarck Event Center. Jamestown (11-11) plays Bismarck St. Mary's in a loser-out contest at 4:30 p.m., today. Coach Andy Skunberg said he's not sure what happened, but it wasn't all about his team. "I don't know if it was fatigue or what," Skunberg said. "But Legacy defended well and made life difficult."
BISMARCK—Jamestown coach Luke Anderson isn't sure if teams are game-planning for Josh Schulz. Either way, it doesn't seem to matter. The senior guard again came off the bench to lead the Blue Jays in scoring with 18 points, propelling his team to the semifinals of the West Region tournament with a 78-66 triumph of Dickinson on Thursday at the Bismarck Event Center. Schulz made 5 of 8 shots in the game and finished 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the second half. He accounted for more than half of Jamestown's bench points.
Meghan Orr doesn't expect the Jamestown High School girls basketball team to take for granted their trip to the West Region tournament today. Not after they stayed home a year ago. "I think we know what it feels like not being there," Orr said. "It'll be a new experience for a lot of us." Fifth-seeded Jamestown (11-10) plays fourth-seeded Bismarck Legacy (12-8) at 3:45 p.m., in the Exhibit Hall of the Bismarck Event Center with just two girls that have played significant minutes in a region tournament in Orr—a senior—and junior guard Emily Reiten.
According to Cody Lutman, the perfect dive continues to elude him. The Jamestown High School senior is one of the favorites to capture a championship when the state swimming and diving meet starts Friday at the Bismarck Aquatics Center. But to get that title, Lutman said he'll need to put his best dive together—something that has yet to happen this season. It'll be especially important considering Minot's Cole Armagost has the better overall score, though Lutman did beat him at West Region.
Eleven seniors are gunning for a trip back to the state tournament. To this point, it's been a run that mirrored last season's amazing home stretch, and Jamestown coach Luke Anderson said he'd like to see a similar ending in today's West Region tournament. Seeded No. 5, the Blue Jays (12-9) meet fourth-seeded Dickinson (14-7) at 4:45 p.m., at the Bismarck Event Center. "We'd like to replicate last year," Anderson said. "We're playing pretty good basketball."
The University of Jamestown women’s basketball found out its first-round opponent on Wednesday night for its fifth consecutive trip to the NAIA national tournament at the Tyson Events Center in...
During her floor exercise, Acacia Fossum took a split second to acknowledge her final gymnastics meet. "I looked up and everybody was looking at me, and I just soaked it all in," Dickinson's standout gymnast said. "I had an awesome floor routine to end my senior year on." Fossum solidified her spot as one of the best to ever compete in North Dakota, becoming the second-most winningest gymnast in the state's history with another four individual titles at the state meet Saturday at Jamestown High School.
The realization that she won't ever again compete in a gymnastics meet with her teammates hit Jamestown senior Erin Hillerud hard on Saturday evening. "I've spent 16 years with them," said Hillerud, fighting back tears. "It's been awesome." Hillerud capped her career by going out the same way she has her entire career—with her name plastered all over the results. She finished sixth in the all-around (36.733) at the state meet Saturday at Jamestown High School.
Cody Lutman defended his title on Saturday. The Jamestown High School senior bested Minot's Cole Armagost for the West Region diving crown in Bismarck by scoring 431.15 points. Lutman won by less than a point. "Cole has the higher score overall this season, but you've got to do it on the day," Jamestown coach Ben Smith said. "Cody was leading for most of the meet." The swimming and diving team added two new state qualifiers.