As the summer draws to a close and students return to school, another fall sports season begins in West Fargo. There aren't too many absolutes in high school sports, but there are a few.
You're sure to hear assistant coach Jim Jonas barking orders on the football field if you drive by the high school. As sure as the leaves that will cover the ground, you can smell pigskins in the air and feel it inside. Yes, the stands will surely be full for another edition of Packer football.
Sophomore Alyssa Mears will dominate girls cross country - that's about as sure a thing as there can be. The girls swimming team will tear through the EDC this year and perhaps even the state, Marsha Dahl's topnotch coaching assures us of that.
It's way early, yet some Packer varsity teams have already begun their seasons. Those that haven't will in the very near future.
The boys soccer team is off to a nice, 1-0-1 start with a tie against Bismarck and a win over Bismarck Century last week.
The girls golf team finished a respectable seventh in a 13-team field at the East-West Classic in Jamestown earlier this month. Freshman Claire Eidenschink started her season out on a hot note with a hole-in-one for the Packers.
We've previewed cross country, girls golf, football and volleyball so far. Stay tuned for future issues featuring in-depth coverage of boys tennis, girls swimming and boys soccer as well.
As always, please email your sports suggestions, comments and complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Babe Ruth team wins
The Babe Ruth World Series in Longview, Wash. draws to a close tomorrow, and the West Fargo-15-year-olds may or may not still be a factor in it.
At press time on Monday, West Fargo had lost its pool play opener 2-1 to the host team and rebounded last Sunday with a big 9-8 win over Appleton, Wisc.
Karson Mapes singled in Austin Horsager for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning for West Fargo. Chance Bitzer, winner of the World Series Home Run Derby, led West Fargo at the plate with two doubles and three RBIs.
Bitzer and Brock Evenson led West Fargo in RBIs with three each after the first two games of the World Series. Mapes was 4-for-9 at the plate, while Tanner Dahl was 3-for-5 and Evenson was 3-for-6.
The last two games of pool play, on Monday and Tuesday, determined if West Fargo advanced to yesterday's quarterfinals. Visit www.longviewworldseries.com for up-to-date results and live Internet video feeds.