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Ty's Take: Deep swimming talent picks up win in Grand Forks

The West Fargo girls swimming team lost some key players from last year, but still are managing to pick up wins.

The Packers' most recent came last Thursday in Grand Forks, when they garnered a double-dual win over Grand Forks Red River and Grand Forks Central.

The victory came thanks to deep talent on the West Fargo side, since they only took first in four events.

Aubrey Wentz swam legs in both first-place Packers relay teams. Wentz, Rachel Kranda, Danica Dutt and Paige Weisz grabbed first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:56.99. Wentz also was part of the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Alyssa Olson, Alexa Olson and Dutt, which finished in 1:46.28.

West Fargo's other first-place wins came from Makenzie Preston and Sam Gunning. Preston racked up nearly 160 points to take the top of the podium in the 10 meter diving competition. Teammate Jamee Martin took second with 140.77.

In the 100 yard butterfly, Gunning just edged the Roughriders' Addy DiCristina by three-hundredths of a second when she finished with a winning time of 1:04.90.

The Packers' next competition is 6 p.m. Thursday at Moorhead.

Siverson breaks team rushing record against Century

When the Packers opened their football season two weeks ago with a win over two-time defending state champion Bismarck, it was a momentous occasion.

Hopefully, that excitement helped lessen the blow when Bismarck Century came away with a heart-wrenching last-minute 15-14 win last Friday.

If there was a silver lining to the loss, however, it was Shane Siverson. The junior made a record-breaking 96 yard touchdown run in the second quarter to answer the Patriots' first-quarter score. The old 1972 team record of 94 yards was held by Tony Reeves.

Siverson led West Fargo with 194 total rushing yards - eighth highest in team history - and two scores.

The Packers (1-1 overall) finished with 426 total yards of offense, compared with Century's 313. West Fargo had a 14-12 advantage going into the final minutes when Zack Haakedahl kicked the game-winning 23-yard field goal with 1:09 remaining in the game.

Packers quarterback Matt Ruff had a game-high 109 yards passing, going 10-for-29 with two interceptions. Top receivers included Jon Pistorius and Brady Schwartz, who both had three catches and combined for nearly 70 yards.

Schwartz currently is tied for third on the career receptions record books with 50, and is sixth on career reception yards with 752. The senior needs only three more yards to move firmly into fourth place, and take the spot from Chris Grefsrud's 1991-93 career record.

West Fargo's next game is Friday, when it visits Fargo Davies for a 5 p.m. kickoff. The Eagles are winless after three games.

Cross country takes second, third at own invite

The Packers boys team took third, and the girls team took second during the West Fargo Invitational last Thursday.

Though the Packers only had four total runners in the top 10, it was depth of field that helped them gather enough wins to take high honors.

Darin Baltezore and Nate Peterson paced the West Fargo boys team, which picked up 82 points and placed behind second-place Fargo North and first-place Grand Forks Central. Baltezore finished in 17 minutes, 5 seconds for seventh place, while Peterson finished 14 seconds back for eighth.

The West Fargo girls took 70 points and second place behind winner Fargo Davies. The Packers were paced by a fifth-place finish from sophomore Christine Baltezore, who completed the race in 15:27. Teammate Jessica Rosenau was 10 seconds back to place eighth.

Thursday will see West Fargo participating in the Fargo Shanley Metro Showcase, beginning at 4 p.m., at Lindenwood Park.

Boys soccer wins, ties

The Packers boys soccer team has lost just once in five games.

Last week, West Fargo (2-1-0 EDC, 2-1-2) picked up a 4-0 win over Fargo North on Thursday, before tying Moorhead 2-2 on Saturday.

Austin Dillard was the clear star of the game against the Spartans. The senior finished with two goals in the second half, and also picked up an assist. Kody Duncan also scored, while Jade Johnson grabbed a goal and an assist.

Against the Spuds, Johnson picked up the game-tying goal at 53:00 in the second half. Junior Jacob Dufault got the Packers on the board in the first half.

Keeper Braden Schmid combined for 18 stops during the two games, and Ryder Niva also made a block during his time in net against North.

West Fargo's next game is Thursday against Fargo South (1-1-1, 3-3-1) beginning at 7 p.m. The Packers also face the Eagles (0-4-0, 2-7-0) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, before taking on EDC-leading Fargo Shanley (3-0-0, 4-0-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14.