Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Before 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 Century had everything rolling on Tuesday night. The Patriots used fast starts in both games of the doubleheader, as the boys beat Jamestown 82-24 and the girls won 68-17 in West Region play at Century's gym. Dalton Feeney led five players in double figures with 16 points. Adam Geiger had all 11 of his points including three 3-pointers in the second half, while Riley Henderson, Andrew Holen and Sam Leidholm each dumped in 10 points. No. 2-ranked Century never trailed, jumping out to a 21-4 advantage right away, led by 12 points from Feeney.
Jamestown was nipping at Mandan's heels when a penalty derailed the Blue Jays' momentum on Tuesday night. A 5-minute major in the final 10 minutes hindered Jamestown's ability to rally from a one-goal deficit and fueled Mandan to a pair of power-play scores in a 4-1 West Region triumph in Mandan. "When we finished that major, we pulled the goaltender and still went after it," Jamestown coach Matt Stockert said. "I'm proud of the kids for gutting it out. The urgency was there.
A showdown of area wrestlers was featured in the 152-pound championship match Saturday at the Bismarck Rotary. Round 2 went to Billy Holtan. The Carrington wrestler secured a takedown in overtime to beat Jamestown's Paxton Mewes 3-1, after Mewes had beaten Holtan 2-0 for seventh place at the Rumble on the Red more than a week ago. Holtan was one of three Cardinals to make championship matches, though he was the only victor.
Coming off close losses to Fargo Davies and Turtle Mountain, Jamestown didn't panic. In fact, the Blue Jays responded with three straight wins. The latest was another impressive performance of teamwork, as the Blue Jays dismantled Williston 67-52 in West Region play Saturday at the JHS gym. Noah Wanzek had his third consecutive 20-point outing, pouring in 24 this time. Logan Anderson was also in double figures, scoring all 10 of his points in the first half. Jamestown led 40-26 at the break. "It feels awesome," Jamestown senior Ross Monson said.
Even creating 30 turnovers and ratcheting up offensive opportunities wasn't enough to shake the shooting woes of the Jamestown High School girls basketball team on Saturday. The Blue Jays continued to struggle offensively, shooting 24 percent (14-58) as Williston claimed a 57-48 West Region victory at the JHS gym. "That's been the plague all year," said Skunberg, whose team dropped to 0-5 in the region and 1-9 overall. "We shot 24 percent, they shot 42 percent. It's tough to battle when you've got that big of a difference in shooting percentage.
Dickinson's offense exploded in the first period on Saturday. It was clearly too much for Jamestown to overcome. The Midgets unloaded five times in the opening stanza, and Rachel Lantz and Kira Zastoupil each posted hat tricks in Dickinson's 9-4 triumph at Wilson Arena. The game gave Lantz 13 goals on the season, third-best in the state. Zastoupil clinched her hat trick with her ninth goal of the season in the third period. "They're our centers, they run their lines," Dickinson coach Al Takle said.
Jamestown coach Dave Tews was pleased with the meet had by his gymnastics team on Friday night. However, the competition was high, and the Blue Jays finished fourth out of five teams with 137.100 at their Knights of Columbus Invite at the Jamestown Gymnastics Club. Perennial powerhouses Minot and Dickinson both attended with the former taking home the title with a 146.250. Dickinson was suprisingly a little farther back, tallying a 142.225. Jamestown had multiple top 10 finishers, with their best all-arounder being Erin Hillerud, who placed eighth with a 35.100.
Dickinson worked the ball around, waiting for a good shot early in the first half on Friday night. It came in bunches early, and Jamestown spent the rest of the time playing catch-up. Meryl Kovacs dumped 31 points on the Blue Jays in the Midgets' 62-43 West Region victory at the JHS gym. It's the first win of the season for Dickinson, which improved to 1-3 in the region and 1-7 overall despite 22 turnovers. "We've been proud of how we've improved since the Christmas break," said Alysia Barman, in her first year at Dickinson.
Some days, everything clicks. That day was Friday for the Jamestown High School boys basketball team. Noah Wanzek continued his strong play, scoring 24 points as Jamestown took a convincing 69-49 West Region win over Dickinson at the JHS gym. "We sustained runs, but I'm more proud that we limited the lulls," Jamestown first-year coach Luke Anderson said. "There were a couple decisions that we didn't like, but we fixed them. We didn't allow it to ever really tumble. I'm super proud of our guys. Wanzek, who had 22 points in a win over Devils Lake on Tuesday, was at it again vs. Dickinson.
Jamestown Sun sportswriter Chris Aarhus has been named the 2014 North Dakota Sportswriter of the Year, presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The award was announced Thursday and is voted on annually by members of the state's sports media. "It's very humbling to receive such a great honor," Aarhus said. "There's no better award than one given to you by your peers." Said Sports Editor Dave Selvig: "Chris is very deserving of this award.