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Ty's Take: West Fargo boys swimmers take Jamestown Invitational by storm

Hannah Saville of Shanley looks to pass near the basket as she runs up against the defense of West Fargo's Hayley Miller during their game last Tuesday at Shanley High School. Dave Wallis / Forum Communications Co.

The West Fargo boys swimming and diving team has had a bit of a break since their last competition Jan. 14.

Whether it helped them is a topic of debate, but the results from their most recent meet sort of picked up where they left off.

The Packers traveled to the Jamestown Invitational last weekend, where they put on quite the show. After defeating the host Blue Jays 120-66 on Friday, the Packers had Top-2 placers in eight events Saturday to run away with first place.

West Fargo racked up 580 points in the win, beating out second-place Bismarck Century by a whopping 133.5 points. Jamestown came in third, while Mandan, Fargo Davies, Grand Forks and Williston rounded out the field.

Relays are the spot that can make or break a swimming team. The Packers certainly prove their strength in that regard.

After a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay by teammates Nick Huseby, Ethan Doll, Carson Keller and Alex Smestad, West Fargo rebounded with first-place finishes in the 200 freestyle relay (Alex Smestad, Adam Smestad, Cole Holoien, Carson Keller) and the 400 freestyle relay (Adam Smestad, Holoien, Huseby, Doll).

While the Packer relays cleaned up, individuals found success, too.

Doll took first place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.18 seconds, beating out teammate and runner-up Carson Keller by a little more than a second.

Continuing with the sprints, Huseby finished first in the 100 backstroke in a time of 58.37 seconds. Second-place Ethan Porter of Bismarck Century was more than two second behind.

Adam Smestad raced to second place in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.25. His brother, Alex Smestad, was runner-up in the 50 free, finishing in 23.39 seconds.

Now that we know the Packers don't get soft from lack of competition, the next couple weeks without a meet shouldn't impact them any. Their next meet is not until a dual Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. against Fargo South-Shanley.

Girls hoops hard to beat

The West Fargo girls basketball team took on two East Region opponents last week, and came away with two more wins.

The No. 1 Packers (11-1 EDC, 11-1) began Tuesday by beating Fargo Shanley (8-2, 10-2) 51-39, before routing Fargo Davies (6-5, 7-5) 68-52 on Friday.

The victories also proved a point to West Fargo's impressive run: they have more than one talented player.

For instance, Tuesday's big points producer was Amanda Levin, who chalked up 14 points to lead the game. Then on Friday, the title shifted to Christine Baltezore, whose 16 points was a game high.

Senior Erin Krogh proved her consistency, putting up a dozen points in both contests.

The Packers were scheduled to take on Grand Forks Central (5-5, 5-7) on Tuesday, but results were unavailable by press time. They play again 3:15 p.m. Saturday at Devils Lake (2-9, 3-10).

Quick hits

Boys basketball: With two straight losses last week, West Fargo (7-5, 7-5) has won just once in it's last four games. They attempted to change that trend Tuesday when they faced the Knights (3-7, 4-8) but results were not in by press time. They play again 4:15 p.m. Saturday, at Grand Forks in hopes of upsetting No. 1 Red River (10-0, 12-0).

Girls hockey: The Packers picked up a 4-2 win over Bismarck on Saturday, lifting them to 12-4 on the season overall. West Fargo's next games are Thursday at 7 p.m. at Fargo North (13-3-1), and 7:30 p.m. Friday hosting Warroad, Minn.

Boys hockey: West Fargo is 8-10 on the season after picking up an overtime loss to Central last Tuesday before beating Jamestown 5-2 on Thursday. The Packers host Bottineau at 7 p.m. Saturday.