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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Emily Reiten scored her eighth goal in as many matches on Friday, and it made all the difference. The Jamestown High School junior took a pass from Megan Gaffaney at midfield for a breakaway goal in the 56th minute that gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 West Region victory at Optimist Soccer Complex in Minot. Reiten, a two-time all-state selection, received plenty of help from a defense that picked up its fifth clean sheet. The Jays have outscored their opponents 16-3, improving to 6-1-1 overall including a 4-1-1 mark in conference play.
Jamestown had a good start to its opening game on Friday, but a bad start did in the Blue Jays in the second contest. Jadee Lange went five strong innings and all-state leadoff hitter Mariah Wick was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a run batted in for a 7-4 win over host Little Falls (Minn.). Jamestown gave up three unearned runs in the first inning in the next game, losing 3-0 to Albany (Minn.). Jamestown coach Mike Soulis credited his starting pitching, which allowed just one earned run in 11 innings.
There was no stopping Megan Larson on her birthday. The Jamestown High School junior had a quick start to win her singles match in straight sets and used that momentum for doubles competition as the Blue Jays edged Bismarck High 6-3 in West Region tennis Thursday at Bolinger Courts. At No. 2 singles, Larson handled Skyler LeFave 6-3, 6-2. "I got out to a fast start and I was able to finish my deuce points today," Larson said. "That was really beneficial for me."
The offense may not have been in tip-top shape, but Jamestown stayed patient on Thursday. The Blue Jays rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to St. Mary's control problems for a 2-1 triumph in West Region baseball at Jack Brown Stadium. The Jays swept with a 5-0 win in the nightcap. Jamestown junior Andrew Nohrenberg keyed the win in the opener, turning in two solid plate appearances.
With his doubles teams struggling, Jordan Koushkouski chose to mix it up. Jamestown High School's girls tennis coach rearranged his doubles for a dual at Bismarck St. Mary's on Tuesday and received good results. The Blue Jays won Nos. 2-3 en route to a 6-3 West Region triumph. "We changed it up a little bit, and put in some new partners," Koushkouski said. "It was something fresh for us." St. Mary's flashed its ability at the top, taking Nos. 1-2 singles and also No. 1 doubles.
With thoughts of a rally, Jamestown was looking to keep the score within two runs in the top of the seventh inning of its opener against Bismarck High on Tuesday. Felicity Blair made sure that didn't happen. The Bismarck High slugger hammered a three-run shot en route to a 10-5 West Region win at Trapper Field. The Demons poured it on with an 18-0 five-inning victory for the sweep. Jamestown coach Mike Soulis said the team felt it was in a good place going into the seventh, considering four errors were committed in the first inning that led to four runs.
In his first high school start, Ryder Lunzman was spectacular. The Jamestown High School freshman right-hander threw a five-hit gem, blanking Mandan 5-0 in West Region baseball Tuesday at Jack Brown Stadium. Mandan rolled in the nightcap 12-1 for the split. In the opener, Lunzman was efficient to the tune of just 47 pitches in five innings including a six-pitch second inning. The game lasted just under an hour. "My fastball was working great, and my changeup was working good, too," Lunzman said.
Reminders of where I came from pop up throughout my daily routine. I live in a "city" by North Dakota standards now and thus, every-day living is different. How I get my mail, where our water comes from, what we do with our garbage, and then most of that which is deemed necessary being just a short 5-minute drive. You get used to it and eventually take it for granted. But I treasure the most menial tasks that bring my mind back to the farm, and the other day another one hit me pretty hard.
Jamestown's Savannah Montoya and Payton Hoggarth found accuracy in their aggression despite losing the first set on Tuesday. It only lasted so long. Mandan's McKenna Vogel and Madison Ripplinger rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the second set to win the tiebreaker 7-4 at No. 3 doubles in the final match of the day as the Braves escaped with a 5-4 West Region win at Bolinger Courts. Ripplinger and Vogel took the first set 7-5, but found themselves in a deep hole. Ripplinger, a senior, said it was a matter of focus.
On paper, it was a two-run single. For Nolan Kratz, it was a rare trip around the bases. The Jamestown junior pitcher even put the exclamation point on Saturday's game by striking out his eighth hitter. Kratz led the charge as the Blue Jays beat Williston 7-1 in West Region baseball at Jack Brown Stadium. They even rallied for a 9-4 win to get the sweep. Kratz had a big day at the plate with a 4-for-7 performance, but nothing was more exciting than a simple single to right field with the bases loaded in the third inning of the opener.