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Ty's Take: Boys basketball wins opener; boys, girls hockey split; wrestling takes second in GF

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Just as absurdly cold weather grips the area, West Fargo sports are beginning to heat up.

Last week saw the Packers hit full stride in all winter athletic fields, meaning fans have a plethora of possibilities when it comes to high school events.

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Here's the first winter-season installment of Ty's Take.

Boys basketball opens season with victory over Davies

There's nothing quite like opening the season with a win. It helps boost confidence, and can be just the catalyst needed to get a team's momentum moving in a positive direction from the get-go.

The Packers boys basketball team will get the chance to build on their opening success, after taking down visiting Fargo Davies 74-63.

West Fargo (1-0) took a close 30-25 lead into halftime, but built on it from there.

Chase Farkas, who came in to the season as the points leader from last year's team, took control of the offense. The senior was 6-for-10 from the field, and nailed two tres for 16 points on the night.

But behind Farkas was an underclassman who made a big impact during his first varsity game. Sophomore Kory Wolden put up some big numbers, accumulating 14 points and going 6-for-11 from the field. The 5-foot, 9-inch guard also had two 3-pointers and two assists.

Brady Schwartz and Justin Schock were the Packers' other big producers Friday. Schwartz had 14 points that included going 5-for-9 from the field, while Schock had 12 points as well as two blocked shots.

West Fargo will see if they retained any of the spark from their opener when they face Fargo Shanley on Thursday. The Deacons (2-0 EDC, 3-0) will host the game, and tipoff is 7:45 p.m. The Packers then visit Devils Lake (0-1) on Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

Boys hockey tops G-PR, falls to Roughriders

The West Fargo boys hockey team started last week with a win, but ended with a loss to a team looking for revenge.

The Packers (3-1, 5-1) took down Grafton-Park River on Tuesday, 4-2, behind solid goaltending and offensive prowess.

Goalie Josh Hanson stifled 22 shots to grab his second win, and he now sits with an 88.7 percent saves against average.

Senior Jeremy Johnson sparked a four-goal scoring streak when he got a shorthanded goal 11 minutes into the first period. Charlie Torrance scored twice and Conor Jonasson once before the Spoilers nearly lived up to their name in the final minutes.

Cole Anderson and Joey Demers found the back of the net two minutes apart at the end of the third period, but it was too little, too late for Grafton-Park River (1-3, 2-3).

On Friday, West Fargo was set to face off against Grand Forks Red River, a team they had bumped from last season's state tournament for the first time in school history.

Even after a year-long soak, the memory was fresh in the minds of the Roughriders. They came out flying, and senior Jordan Love scored less than 30 seconds into the game.

Jonasson managed to answer twice for the Packers when Red River scored, but after the 2-2 tie, it was all Riders. Alan Zahui got the game-winner on a power play at the 10-minute mark of the second period, and Josh Gilbertson put it away for good.

It was the Packers' first loss of the season, and one they won't soon forget when they face the Riders again Feb. 10 - the last game of the regular season.

West Fargo had a chance to bounce back Tuesday against Grand Forks Central (2-0, 3-0), but results were not in by press time. The Packers play again Saturday, when they head to metro-area rival Fargo South for a 3:15 p.m. game.

Quick hits

• Girls hockey: The Packers split last week, defeating Grand Forks 3-1 before falling to Bismarck by the same margin. West Fargo (3-1) faced off against the Spartans on Tuesday, but results were not in by press time. They play again at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at undefeated Fargo South (6-0).

• Wrestling: West Fargo warmed up with a 66-13 dual victory over Devils Lake last Tuesday, before heading to the Grand Forks Sertoma tournament Dec. 10-11. The Packers went 3-1 there, getting edged by Bismarck Century 37-32 in the championship final. Their next contest brings them to Rochester, Minn., where West Fargo will face some of the region's best teams Dec. 17-18.

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