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West Fargo's Alissa Mears, left, congratulates teammate Brooke Grooters after she pulled out a victory for the Packers at the finish line in the 3,200 relay Friday during the Shanley Invitational meet at Concordia. David Samson/The Forum

Ty's Take: Packers shining brightly

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Ty's Take: Packers shining brightly
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Packers of all sorts finally got rolling last week.

Well, better late than never.

The strong spring winds brought the change sports fans have been looking for. And while weather always is spotty this time of year, at least the wheels are in motion. Get ready for a fun, and maybe frantic, West Fargo sports season.


Golf gold at Bully Pulpit

One team that certainly is riding high after a successful week is West Fargo boys golf.

They took third during their own invitational Tuesday at Village Green after shooting a team score of 303; a mere three shots off victor Fargo Shanley. But the big prize came Friday during an East/West Invitational slated to begin at Bully Pulpit and end Saturday at Heart River.

Enter a winter storm of blizzard proportion, and the two-day event quickly was cut short to one.

"You should have seen it out there. It was terrible," Packers co-coach Chuck Gad said. "The last seven holes we played in snow."

Bad weather and all, the Packers somehow found the strength to pull off a team score of 315 that put them seven shots ahead of second-place Bismarck St. Mary's. To Gad and co-coach Steve Anderson, given the conditions, the feat was on par with some of the best golf they've witnessed out of their team.

"Our kids played so well in that weather. It was incredible," Gad said. "Mentally, they were pretty tough. It definitely was a testament to their depths of fortitude."

By the end of Day 1, four West Fargo players were in the Top 10. Connor Holland and Riley Johnson were in a three-way tie for fourth place with Grand Forks Red River's Brady Ohmann after shooting 78s. Logan Palmer's 79 was good enough for a share of seventh, while Luke Olson rounded out the Top 10 after shooting 80 alongside Fargo Shanley's Trent Olson.

West Fargo's Nick Evin and Payton Johnson shot 87 and 88, respectively.

The weather got so bad at times Friday that it was tough to even see the ball.

"It was 11 a.m., and Logan was up on top and we went to see how he was doing," Gad said. "The greens were totally white with snow."

But the adventure didn't stop after the cancellation of the invitational. Several Eastern Dakota Conference teams had to still drive across the state to get back home.

"It started to blizzard on Saturday morning so bad that you couldn't see," Gad said. "(Fargo) Davies, and North and us took off and drove about 3 miles per hour until Bismarck. Then it cleared up."

After the strong outcome during such adverse conditions, fair weather ought to be a piece of cake for the Packers.

"If we ever get any good weather, we'll find out," Gad said, with a laugh.

West Fargo was scheduled to play Tuesday at Kings Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, but results were not in by press time. They play again during the two-day Fargo North Invitational, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday at Village Green Golf Course.

Quick hits

• Baseball: The Packers won doubleheaders Tuesday and Friday against Fargo Davies and Devils Lake. They play again Thursday hosting Wahpeton at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., before heading to Grand Forks Central on Friday for another doubleheader at 5 p.m.

• Track: The boys took second and the girls placed third during Monday's Sertoma Invite in West Fargo. Then they swept Friday's Shanley/American Legion Invitational. Next up: the Packer Relays, which begin at 3 p.m. Friday at West Fargo.

• Girls tennis: The Packers went 1-for-3, falling to Red River 9-0 Tuesday, and Bismarck Century 5-4 on Friday, but defeating Valley City 8-1 on Thursday. They play again at 4:30 p.m. May 10, at Fargo Davies.

• Girls soccer: West Fargo picked up a 7-0 win Thursday over Central, but fell 2-0 to North on Monday, and 1-0 to South on Friday. The Packers' next shot is 7 p.m. Thursday at Davies, and 6:30 p.m. Friday at Devils Lake.