Ty's Take: Wrestlers clash during winter blast
Plenty of Packer sports went on as scheduled despite the nasty weather that whipped through the region last week.
Luckily, only one game - a boys hockey match Wednesday against Fergus Falls (Minn.) High School - was canceled, as a majority of the events occurred before Old Man Winter stormed into town.
So without further ado, here's your weekly dose of West Fargo sports, compiled in a neat, little package.
Packers strong at Rumble on the Red wrestling tourney
The West Fargo wrestling team represented its state in strong fashion at last week's Rumble on the Red tournament in Fargo, finishing ninth overall among an inter-state pool of 56 teams.
The Packers were North Dakota's highest placer, gleaning 128 points during the three-day battle royale.
Scott West (Minn.) took championship honors, and Minnesota teams carried the bulk of the top finishes. Lisbon was the next-highest North Dakota team behind West Fargo, taking home 16th place.
Leading the Packers (2-0 EDC, 5-1) with 30 points was Preston Lehmann at 171 pounds. The sophomore was pinned by Cooper Moore of Jackson County Central in the semifinal round. Lehmann went on to pin his next two opponents in 1 minute, 30 seconds and 1:33, respectively.
Another top finisher was 103-pound scrapper Jordan Shearer. The eighth-grader placed third overall and gleaned 26 points, putting the icing on the cake with a pin on New Prague's Trevor Westerlund at 2:29.
The final finisher for West Fargo was Tom Kuehn. One of the Packers' most seasoned seniors, Kuehn placed third at 130 pounds and scored 24 team points. His clinching victory came in a 6-3 decision over Nate Lynn of Adrian, Minn.
West Fargo was scheduled to head up to Grand Forks Central (3-0, 6-4) on Tuesday, but results were not in by the time the Pioneer went to press. The Packers wrestle again Friday, when they head back down to Rochester, Minn., for "The Clash," which wraps up Saturday.
Boys, girls basketball split out west against BC, BSM
The West Fargo boys and girls basketball teams made it out west and back home right before the weather got nasty. Both teams also finished 1-1.
The Packer girls (6-0, 5-1) were tied up with Bismarck Century 28-28 at the half Tuesday. But the Patriots came out on top in the second, taking the win 65-53.
On Wednesday, West Fargo bounced back from the loss and took out their frustrations on Bismarck St. Mary's. When all was said and done, the Packers finished with a commanding 72-56 victory.
Leading the Packers was season points leader Katelyn Holland. The senior picked up 45 points on the series, 26 of which came against St. Mary's. Holland increased her season average to 18.2 points per game, and her 82.1 percent success rate at the free throw line is a team best.
As for the West Fargo boys team (3-0, 4-1), results were similar. Against the Patriots, West Fargo actually led 32-23 by the end of the first half, but Century racked up 48 points of offense in the second to rally and beat the Packers 71-58.
Bismarck St. Mary's was a different story, with West Fargo winning 59-48.
In both games, Chase Farkas sparked the Packers' offense. The senior scored 24 points each night to increase his per-game average to 18.4. He also was 4-for-8 from 3-point range, and hit an impressive 24 free throws on 29 tries.
Up next, the West Fargo boys and girls face Red River on Thursday at 7:45 p.m. The girls team will be at home, while the boys will make the trek north to Grand Forks. This weekend, both teams will be at home Saturday to host Fargo North, with the girls game starting at 3:30 p.m. and the boys at 5:30 p.m.
Boys hockey tournament in Fergus Falls cut short
The Packers boys hockey team was slated to face three teams Dec. 28-30 during the Fergus Falls, Minn., tournament, but inclement weather cut their schedule short to two.
West Fargo started with a 9-2 opening win over St. Francis (Minn.) on Tuesday, before tying Mankato (Minn.) West 4-4 on Wednesday.
Junior Sage Raghib was the star against St. Francis with a hat trick and an assist. For the two-game stretch, the Packers (4-2-0 EDC, 7-2-1) had top scorers in Conor Jonasson (three goals, four assists), Dusty Munyer (three goals, three assists), and Braden Schmid (one goal, five assists).
West Fargo was set to face Fargo Davies (0-2-1, 5-4-1) on Tuesday at Scheels Arena, but results were not in by press time. They play again at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, at Devils Lake (4-1-0, 8-1-0).
Boys swimming: With the holidays over, West Fargo is set to hit the pool again after a nearly two-week hiatus from competition. The Packers will make a return splash this Friday at 5 p.m., when they host Grand Forks in a dual. Then, West Fargo will be at the Fargo North Invitational on Saturday.
Girls hockey: Last Tuesday, the Packers (6-1-0, 7-1-0) posted a 10-0 shutout over Mandan, in which Kacie Johnson accumulated two goals and five assists. Kaylee Lothspeich also had a good night with a goal and four assists, while Katlyn Springer scored twice. Next up for West Fargo are games Friday at 7:30 p.m. hosting Williston (3-5-0, 5-5-0), and Saturday at 2 p.m. hosting Minot (4-4-0, 4-5-1).