Eight games into their season, West Fargo volleyball has gotten off to a tough start.
Last week, the Packers squared off against a pair of Eastern Dakota Conference rivals, and dropped both games.
They started Tuesday with a 3-2 loss to undefeated Grand Forks Red River (1-0 EDC, 9-0). West Fargo went down 2-0, but rallied back to force a fifth-set tiebreaker that they lost 15-3.
On Thursday, the Packers (0-2, 2-6) hosted their first home game of the year in front of a packed crowd. The challenger, Fargo Shanley, entered with five nonconference wins and just one loss.
West Fargo kept pace with the Deacons through much of the first set. Trailing by six points at the halfway mark, the Packers got a spark from Hanna Schnepf. The senior sent over some dialed-in serves that brought West Fargo within 3 points.
A net fault by a Shanley server made it 16-14 when the Packers' Rachel Hummel caught fire. The senior hammered three straight aces to give West Fargo its first and only lead of the night. Hummel finished with a game-high 5 aces, as well as 6 kills and 3 blocks.
But Shanley soon took back the lead at 19-18 and the Packers were forced to play catch-up the remainder of the game. The Deacons pulled out the 25-21 win, then rolled through the finals sets 25-17, 25-17.
Even in the loss, West Fargo put up a good show. Ali Barta led with 8 assists and 7 kills, while Katie Woodbury made 14 digs.
The Deacons were paced by a myriad of players. Alex Sweeney accrued a game-high 11 kills, while teammates Alivia Fraase, Kelsey Kanwischer and Bethany Sandy all made six. Ashley Vetter went big time on assists, amassing 31 on the night.
The Packers will get a chance to right their ship Friday, when they head to Marshall, Minn., for a two-day tournament. West Fargo's next EDC game comes Sept. 15, a critical two-pointer on the road against Grand Forks Central (0-1, 3-4).
WF football falls to Patriots in home opener
After a tough rout on the road to Bismarck High two weeks ago in their season opener, the West Fargo football team was looking for a better outcome Friday against the Patriots.
But Century stole the show at the Packer's home opener as it rallied to a 20-12 win.
West Fargo (0-2) led 12-0 by the second quarter, after Tucker Bucholz threw touchdown passes to Justin Heisler and Caleb Mattila. Bucholz completed 8 of 18 passes for 82 yards on the night, and led the Packers in rushing with 57 yards on 6 carries.
The Patriots (2-0) answered in the second quarter with a short goal-line pass to Drew Wiseman that brought them within six points. They took the lead in the third and kept it that way as the Packers failed to score again.
West Fargo hits the road again Friday, traveling to Williston (1-1) for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
RRVS crowns champs
Last Wednesday was Champions Night at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo. All four classes - A-Modifieds, B-Modifieds, WISSOTA Stock and Super Stock - were represented
By the night's end, all four also had claims to their respective season champions. Winners included:
James Tandeski, West Fargo, Wissota Stock title.
Cody Skytland, Fargo, A-Mod title.
Greg Friestad, Valley City, B-Mod title.
Corey Tammen, Fargo, Super Stock title.
Although the season is over, there still are a couple race nights left at RRVS. The Bobcat of Fargo Harvest Classic runs Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. It will feature two rounds of heat races Friday to determine Saturday's lineup.
Street Stocks, Midwest Mods, Superstock, WISSOTA Mods, and Late Models all will be represented. For more information, visit www.redrivervalleyspeedway.com, or call 361-4033.