Ty's Take: Week of ups and downs for boys hockey
For some West Fargo sports teams, the few days off for the Holiday Season will be a welcomed reprieve.
For others, it may be a time for reflection.
Here's our weekly wrap-up of Packers sports.
Boys hockey drops Central, but gets slammed by Bruins
The Packers boys hockey team was riding high during the first half of the week, only to be brought violently back to earth in their last game.
West Fargo edged defending state champion Grand Forks Central 4-3 on Tuesday, in a game that was a testament to just how much talent resides within the Packers' ranks.
But on Saturday, Fargo South let loose the cannons and barraged the Packers 8-2 at Scheels Arena.
The results were a polarizing realization for fans and players: namely, it's still early and there's still work to be done.
Against the Knights. West Fargo (4-2 EDC, 6-2) was a well-oiled machine. Freshman Tyler Berginski got the first goal of the game and his first of the season at the 12:36 mark in the first period. Then, Jeremy Johnson lit the lamp three times for the game-winner and the hat-trick.
Facing South, the Packers just weren't clicking. The Bruins scored seven straight goals before West Fargo answered. Dusty Munyer finally broke the silence at 13:12 in the third period, and Sage Raghib backed him up two minutes later.
But two goals so late in the game couldn't right the sinking ship. The Bruins (2-3, 2-4) skated away with only their second win of the season.
Still, it's early in the season, and if nothing else the loss proved one thing about the Packers: they're human. The fact is, this year's West Fargo boys hockey team is loaded with potential, and this loss should act as a catalyst for their eminent winning streak.
The start of it could begin Dec. 28, when the Packers head down to Fergus Falls, Minn., for a three-day tournament. Their next game in the F-M area is Jan. 4, when they visit Fargo Davies (0-2-1, 2-4-1) at 7:30 p.m.
Girls basketball rolls on
There's something markedly different with this year's West Fargo (4-0 EDC, 3-0) girls basketball team than years past.
A quickness on the court, a soundness of foot, and an eerie, almost sixth-sense among the players.
With their most recent wins, it all comes down to one critical concept: teamwork.
"It was a total team win," West Fargo coach Barb Metcalf said after her team defeated Fargo Shanley on Thursday. "They're a team, through and through."
That cohesiveness is obvious from the bleachers. Katelyn Holland is the leader on the floor most games. She has led each of West Fargo's wins in points, and is averaging 16.7 points per game. But Holland also is quick to adapt, especially if that means working the ball to her teammates.
"Katelyn is learning that she has a supporting cast around her," Metcalf said. "She's been a trooper. She took the point job and the shooting guard, now she's a three. She's just a good, all-around player who will do whatever is asked of her."
Part of that supporting cast consists of Hayley Miller. The junior guard quickly is making a name for herself, putting up 13 points against Devils Lake in West Fargo's 78-73 win Saturday, and 11 points Thursday, in her team's 50-46 win over the Deacons.
"She has a nose for the game," Metcalf said of Miller.
Other players also have been stepping up. Danielle Nelson, Lexi Lennon, Erin Krogh, Christine Baltezore and Cassidy Thorson all have helped contribute to West Fargo's strong start.
"Our girls are showing a lot of maturity," Metcalf said. "We have depth, and that will be key for any EDC team to go anywhere in the postseason.
"We're one of those teams where, if someone is in foul trouble or needs a break, we can throw someone in there and we're not losing anything."
The Packers were scheduled to head to Valley City on Tuesday for a game, but results were not in by press time. They play again Dec. 28, heading to Bismarck Century for a 5 p.m. Game. The Packers also play Dec. 29, at 1 p.m., at Bismarck St. Mary's.
With a strong emphasis on teamwork, and fully-capable players, Metcalf is excited about the rest of the season.
"You know we're not peaking yet. There is so much more potential," she said.