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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Sloppy and turnover-ridden, the University of Jamestown's game on Saturday was anything but pretty. But the Jimmies scored at will in the opening half, which carried them to a 85-65 victory over Crossroads College (Minn.) at the Civic Center. "We played really well in the first half," UJ coach Alan Magnani said. "We did a good job of moving the ball and pressuing them on defense. We had good focus in the first half." Brequan Tucker led all scorers with 17 points and was one of six Jimmies in double figures. Logan Brown had 16 points and five assists, while Jacob Hagler added 14 points.
It was textbook Jimmie basketball for Greg Ulland's bunch on Saturday. Behind a superb first-half effort that included balanced scoring and stifling defense, the No. 7-ranked University of Jamestown downed Concordia-Moorhead 60-47 at the Civic Center. The Jimmies (4-3) led 34-19 at halftime, thanks to an early 12-2 run that was kickstarted by a Jordan Bridges bucket. It was Concordia's first official game of the season, though it did beat the University of Mary in an exhibition more than a week ago.
Annie Hart had lofty goals for this weekend's state swimming and diving meet in Bismarck. She knocked one out in the prelims on Friday, punching her ticket to the butterfly finals with a school-record time of 1:01.26. Her season best was 1:03.44, but she bested that by more than two seconds, beating the mark of 1:02.33 set by Lauren Mickelson in 1999. "It was a strong race," Jamestown coach Ben Smith said. "She smashed that record. It was awesome." Hart is the only swimmer in the "A" finals for Jamestown, as she fared well in her main event, the backstroke.
Ahead 24-21, Bismarck High was on the verge of taking the first set against Jamestown on Friday night in Dickinson. The West Region tournament semifinal match was looking more and more like a terrible start for the Blue Jays. "BHS was pounding balls all over the court," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. Back-to-back kills from Jenna Stilwell and McKayla Keller drew the Blue Jays within one, before three Bismarck errors gave Jamestown the set 26-24, setting the tone for a four-set victory and a trip to the title match for the third straight year. Set scores were 26-24, 18-25, 25-22 and 25-
Karissa Hubbard and Annie Hart have different goals this weekend. As seniors on the Jamestown swim team, they're about to get one last chance to have the meet of their lives. The state meet starts today in Bismarck with prelims and concludes with finals on Saturday. Hart, an all-state selection a year ago, is hoping to break a few program records, especially the backstroke, which was set in 2011 by her sister Erin -- a state champion -- with a time of 57.67 seconds.
A West Region tournament championship is on the line this weekend in Dickinson, but Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle doesn't look at it as a must-have. Winning three matches in three days against heavy competition, that would be a greater get. "Anything is possible with this group," Hegerle said. "And we have not played our best volleyball yet.
Like Michael Jordan, Nicole Nieuwsma now has "a flu game." With just one hour of sleep the night before, the longtime Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock standout was far from full strength. "I'm a senior captain," she said. "You've got to do it.
Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter coach Morgan Schwartzenberger didn't expect every set to go like the first one against Oakes on Monday night. A barrage of hitting errors didn't help his team's cause. Still, the second-seeded Imperials put together an impressive sweep, downing third-seeded Oakes 25-15, 27-25, 25-21 in quarterfinal action of the Region 3 tournament at the JHS gym. N-G-S (26-9) meets top-seeded LaMoure in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. today. Though the first game breezed by in dominating fashion, the second set saw the two teams scrap and claw for every point.
The University of Jamestown women's soccer team has struggled to win overtime games this season. It happened again on Thursday, and this time, it ended the Jimmies' season. Freshman Kelsey Goodwin scored the game-winner in the 97th minute as the University of Great Falls edged Jamestown 2-1 at the Frontier/North Star conference tournament in Billings, Mont. It was the first goal of the season for Goodwin, and the Argos got their ninth win, extending their program-best mark.
Anthony Olson was done coming off the field. A loss to South Border that derailed an unbeaten season for the second consecutive year was enough for the LaMoure-Litchville-Marion standout tailback...