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West Fargo cross country rife with talent

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The West Fargo cross country team is taking the North Dakota prep sports world by storm.

The Packers had a clean sweep at the Eastern Dakota Conference championships on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Grand Forks, with boys and girls winning team and individual titles. Both boys and girls teams finished 20 points ahead of second place.

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"We do have a very talented and dedicated group of kids," said Joe Bailey, West Fargo cross country coach.

Leading the West Fargo boys team to its second straight EDC championships were Jamison Gehrig (16:18.06) and Spencer Uetz (16:28.05), who finished in first and second place, respectively. Nate Peterson raced a 16:48.17, which was good enough for fifth place.

Alissa Mears finished first with a 15:00.44 for the girls, who grabbed their third consecutive East Region title. West Fargo placed six girls into the top 10: Mears (first place), Ellie Grooters (fourth), Christine Baltezore (sixth), Jessica Rosenau (seventh), Britny Bucholz (ninth) and Brooke Grooters (10th).

Gehrig and Ellie Grooters each were named EDC senior athlete of the year.

"We had a tremendous race in both divisions," Bailey said. "I am very proud of the efforts from all our runners."

Volleyball has solid week

The Packers invaded Fargo South on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and shanghaied a win.

After dropping the first game, West Fargo (15-11 overall, 4-3 EDC) regrouped and won three straight to finish off the Bruins 17-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20.

Leading West Fargo's charge were senior Courtney Voeller and junior Katelyn Holland. Voeller delivered 11 kills and Holland amassed eight, while each also smacked an ace and combined for 38 digs against South (11-8, 3-4).

It was a team effort, however, as Jill Gustafson (14 assists), Allison Barta (19 assists), Jenna Green (six kills, ace) and Carissa Becher (seven kills) all delivered strong performances.

Fargo South stayed competitive thanks to the efforts of Abby Carlson (six kills, 15 digs) and Siri Burck (10 kills, ace).

West Fargo also fared well at the Fargo North Invitational on Oct. 9-10. They swept Friday's first round, beating Grand Forks Central, Fargo North and Bismarck St. Mary's.

On Saturday, the Packers started the day by beating Jamestown, but then fell to Fargo Shanley and were bumped to the consolation match. They lost the game to Bismarck 25-22, 22-25, 15-12, finishing the tournament in sixth place.

Football thwarts Spartans

The West Fargo football team got another much-needed conference win Oct. 9, beating Fargo North on its home turf 28-13.

The Packers (4-3, 2-1 EDC) set the pace with a 6-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Bryce Jorgenson at 4:27 in the first quarter. West Fargo would finish the night with 213 yards rushing, led by senior running back Jacob Kiefer, who had 124 yards on 27 attempts. Jorgenson rushed 70 yards on 20 attempts, completing five of 10 passes for 79 yards.

Fargo North (1-6, 1-2 EDC) didn't score until the second quarter, when Ben Mohr caught a 34-yard pass from Taylor Bosch and ran it in for the touchdown. The Spartans utilized Bosch for much of the night, racking up 242 passing yards. The quarterback connected again with Mohr in the fourth quarter, getting North's second and last touchdown of the night.

West Fargo unleashed during the fourth quarter, racking up three straight touchdowns before North finally scored during the final two minutes.

On Friday, Oct. 16, the Packers face lowly Grand Forks Central (2-5, 0-3 EDC), which is reeling after a 42-7 thumping by Fargo South.

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