The Pioneer will be wrapping up season previews next week with a look at West Fargo's boys swimming team. After that, the prep seasons for all of Packer-dom will be in full swing.
Time to crank it up a notch.
This past week didn't see as much action as weeks to come, but there still was reason to celebrate, including several wins and some top finishes.
Wrestling starts strong
The Packers wrestling team's home opener was Tuesday against visiting Valley City. Though there was a smattering of forfeitures on both ends, the dual was still close. West Fargo (1-0) pulled out the 44-30 victory thanks to some key efforts on the mat.
Zach T. Vetter received a major decision win over Steven Horner, going 21-8 at 189 pounds. West Fargo's Christian Ramberg got the 7-2 decision win over Shanley Fogarty at 130. Zach Neer and Miles School also earned decisions at 152 and 160, respectively. Otherwise, the Packers came away with five forfeit wins compared to Valley City's one.
West Fargo then went to Wahpeton on Friday-Saturday for the Dan Unruh Memorial Invitational. The Packers finished in second place with 225 points, only eight points off winner Frazee (Minn.).
Jordan Shearer, Trevor Kringlie and Preston Lehmann scored championship victories for the Packers. Shearer got the pin on Border West's Cameron Sykora in 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Kringlie's win came after a 2-0 decision, and Lehmann's win was from a pin in 3:26.
Zach Neer finished runner-up at 152, while Lucas Monson and Labinot Lika won third place at 119 and 285 pounds, respectively.
The Packers next competition came Tuesday at home against Devils Lake (0-3), but results were not in by press time. West Fargo next heads to the Grand Forks Invitational, which runs Friday-Saturday.
Boys hockey nets win
The Packers boys hockey team now leads the Eastern Dakota Conference after shutting out Fargo North 3-0 last Friday.
West Fargo (2-0 EDC, 4-0 overall) were sparked by Jeremy Johnson and Dusty Munyer, who had a hand on all three goals.
After a scoreless first period, Munyer struck in the second at 2:17, with assists from Johnson and Charlie Torrance. Johnson had the final blows, scoring West Fargo's last two goals, which also came in the second period.
Goalie Cameron Holland held his own, stopping all 28 shots on net from the Spartans.
The Packers' next test was Tuesday against Grafton-Park River (1-1, 2-1), but results were not in by press time. West Fargo plays again at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, hosting undefeated Grand Forks Red River (1-0, 2-0).
Girls hockey dominates
Coming off a season in which they won their first sanctioned state title, the Packers girls hockey team had high expectations.
To date, they've well exceeded them.
On Thursday, the Packers (2-0) unleashed on Dickinson 20-0, bringing their season total of goals scored from just two games to 30.
In all, 16 West Fargo players picked up points Friday. Senior Kacie Johnson led the way with seven, of which four were goals.
Senior Katlyn Springer and freshman Kelly Krahn both put up hat tricks. Kaylee Lothspeich accumulated five assists and a goal to finish one behind Johnson in points.
Packers goalie Andrea Klug made four saves before KerrieAnne Bruce came in during the second period. Bruce finished with two saves.
West Fargo had a game Tuesday against Grand Forks (2-1), but results were not in by press time. They play again Friday at Bismarck (1-1), with the puck dropping at 7 p.m.