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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Tyrell Harris was tough to bring down on Friday night, and his final carry was a fitting end to Dickinson's win. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound tailback appeared to be stopped on a third-and-5 with less than 2 minutes to go, which would have given Jamestown's offense one more shot to tie the game. However, Harris broke a tackle and made the first down, sending second-ranked and unbeaten Dickinson to a 14-7 West Region win at the Biesiot Activities Center. Harris finished with 151 yards on 25 carries, scoring his only points on a 2-point conversion that bumped the Midgets' total up to 14 after the
There was no coming up short this time. The Jamestown High School boys tennis team knocked down the door to the state tournament with a 3-2 win over Mandan in a state-qualifier at the West Region tournament Thursday in Bismarck. "As coaches, we just couldn't be more proud of them and the effort they turned in and just their perseverance all season," JHS coach Pat Mullowney said. "To be able to reward them with a state berth is well-deserved." It's the Blue Jays' first trip to state since 2002, not 2000 as previously reported.
It's been nearly 15 years since Jamestown High School boys tennis has been to the state tournament as a team. The Blue Jays believe they're in position to break that skid today. Jamestown is seeded third for the West Region tournament, which begins at 10:30 a.m., at the Tom O'Leary courts.
Bill Nelson liked the effort last week, despite a disappointing homecoming loss to Williston. The Jamestown High School football coach said today's West Region affair at second-ranked and unbeaten Dickinson will take a similar effort, but hopefully without the many mistakes that plagued the Blue Jays (1-3). "We still haven't put a full game together," Nelson said. "The effort has been there. It's just a matter of cleaning some things up. We have to play a much cleaner game." The two teams are meeting in a rare Thursday contest, set for 8 p.m.
Brady Warcken is trying to get the LaMoure-Litchville-Marion football team to the 9-man playoffs, but he's also continuing a legacy. The 5-foot-8, 145-pound senior made a statement on Friday night, rushing for 422 yards and six touchdowns on 53 carries in the Loboes' 40-34 double-overtime win at Wyndmere-Lidgerwood. Warcken was named the team's starting running back the week of the first game, taking over for first-team all-state performer Anthony Olson, who rushed for over 2,600 yards and scored 40 TDs last season. Prior to that, L-L-M rode the back of three-time all-state runner Brady Thi
The University of Jamestown women's golf team has won three of its four tournaments this fall, but it wasn't until this weekend that coach Dean Kraft felt the Jimmies are coming together. With nine girls at least tying for a top-10 finish, UJ won its home invitational Monday at the Jamestown Country Club, shooting a 334-342—676 for first place and a 346-347—683 for second place, the latter being its "B" team. "We've won some tournaments, but we haven't lit it up in doing so," Kraft said. "I thought (Sunday and Monday) were a little more where we would like to be.
Jake Reuther and his teammates found a way to dig deep Saturday at Williston. Reuther won a close match in straight sets, and the Jamestown High School tennis team won three of four three-set matches to capture a share of the West Region regular-season title with a 5-4 victory. "This was a big one," said Reuther, who dispatched of Ty Barbot 6-2 and 7-6 (9-7).
Sierra Bennion's round wasn't going as planned through six holes Saturday at Tom O'Leary Golf Course in Bismarck. The Jamestown High School senior and North Dakota State commit was 6-over and couldn't mentally shake a small cold that was affecting her game. "I was thinking to myself, 'This is gonna be really bad,'" Bennion said.
Williston nearly beat the Jamestown Blue Jays at their own game. Still, Jamestown got it together during an error-prone match to post a 11-25, 25-12, 25-13, 25-21 win in West Region volleyball play Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena. The Blue Jays have been known for their mistake-free style of play during the tenure of coach Sara Hegerle, preferring to keep the ball in play rather than paint lines with thunderous kills. Against Williston (0-5 region, 1-13 overall), Jamestown piled up 47 kills with a lackluster hitting percentage of .116, pounding balls down repeatedly. The Coyotes, on the othe
Williston proved the importance of strong special teams on Friday night. The Coyotes scored the first touchdown on a 75-yard punt return from Rodney Jones and recovered a botched punt with 40 seconds remaining to secure a 22-15 West Region victory over Jamestown at Ernie Gates Field. Six-foot-two, 180-pound senior quarterback Boston Horob was the star for the Coyotes, going 13-of-20 for 129 yards and a touchdown in the passing department. He also ran for 83 yards and a score. "Coach told us we needed to execute a lot better," said Horob, who scored both TDs in the fourth quarter.