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West Fargo's Keyan Farahmand (front) hits a return shot as teammate Brady Ballweber looks on during doubles play against Fargo Shanley's Dylan Alderman and Patrick Strom on Friday at Island Park in downtown Fargo. David Samson / Forum Communications Co.

Ty's Take: Several sports kick off seasons

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Although school bells won't be ringing until Thursday, the West Fargo sports season already is abuzz.

On Friday, several teams got to work kicking off their respective regular seasons.

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Here's a quick recap of the early action.

Boys tennis

The West Fargo boys tennis team might not have started their season on the right foot, but it was close.

Fargo Shanley, which finished last season with just one dual win in the conference, edged the Packers 5-4 on Friday at Island Park in Fargo.

Freshman Brady Ballweber picked up a 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 win in the No. 1 singles spot, then combined with fellow freshman Keyan Farahmand in the No. 1 doubles for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 victory. Farahmand also won his No. 2 singles match by defeating Ander Sawchuck 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The Packers were scheduled to host Fargo South on Tuesday, but results were not in by press time. They play again today at Grand Forks Central, starting at 3:30 p.m.

West Fargo then has a busy weekend. Beginning Friday, the Packers head west to face Williston at noon, and Bismarck Century at 4:15 p.m. They travel to Mandan for a 9 a.m. game Saturday, before finally finishing up at Jamestown at 3:30 p.m.

Girls golf

The West Fargo girls golf season got off to a respectable start Friday, as an early favorite in the Eastern Dakota Conference has made itself known.

Fargo Davies took first place at Friday's Grand Forks Invitational and Saturday's Lifetime Eye Care Associated East-West Classic in Carrington.

The Packers finished fourth overall with a team score of 406, in Grand Forks. Returning All-Conference golfer Ashley Bixby shot an 87, which was good enough for fifth place overall. Lauren Johnson tied for 19th place with a 102.

West Fargo then slipped a bit Saturday at the East-West Classic. Bixby once again led her team, and shot an 84 that put her in a three-way tie for 12th place. Teammate Brittany Rheault was seven shots back and tied for 25th. Altogether, the Packers produced a team score of 375 that put them back in eighth place.

West Fargo was slated to play at the Devils Lake Invitational on Monday, but results were not available by press time. The Packers next hit the links at the Wahpeton Invitational at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Bois de Sioux Golf Course.

Boys soccer

The Packers boys soccer team lost two straight games by one point during Saturday's East/West Crossover in Jamestown.

Combined, West Fargo forced just four saves on their opponents while allowing 19 shots on net.

West Fargo started with a 1-0 loss to Bismarck, in which sophomore keeper Nathan Sample made nine saves for the game. The Packers then lost 1-0 to Bismarck Century.

They played Fargo Davies on Tuesday, but results were not in by press time. The Packers are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Thursday as hosts to Grand Forks Central.

Cross country

West Fargo boys and girls cross country started off strong with top finishes at Friday's "Orr"iginals Invitational in Jamestown.

The Packers boys put up 115 puts to finish in third place overall, while the girls had 91 for a distant second to Fargo Davies' 24.

Junior Darin Baltezore led the boys with a fifth-place finish of 17 minutes, 18 seconds. Senior Erich Hahn took 17th in 17:50.

On the girls' side, Brooke Grooters, Alissa Mears and Christine Baltezore made it an 8-9-10 finish for the Packers. All finished within seconds of each other near the 16:45-mark.

Next up, West Fargo Cross Country takes on Fargo North and Shanley at 5 p.m. Thursday at Johnson Park in Moorhead.

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