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Ty's Take: WF boys soccer gets early 'wake-up call' vs. Riders

Believe it or not, prep sports have been chugging along for about a week and a half.

However, school in West Fargo only opened Tuesday.

That means Packer athletes have been working hard well before the start of class. Now, instead of only having to think of sports and summer sun, they'll juggle practices, workouts, possible part-time jobs and homework.

Well, summer was fun while it lasted.

We at the Pioneer will do our best to cover the broad range of West Fargo sports. Though our weekly space is limited, Ty's Take will wrap up whatever is left from a week's worth of Packer sports.

So, without further ado, here's the inaugural Ty's Take for the 2010-11 prep sports season.

Oh, and one more thing: go Packers!

Boys soccer starts with win, but hits snag against GFRR

The West Fargo boys soccer team faced a fresh face last Tuesday, and grabbed a win to boot. But when battling a common foe two days later, the Packers fell apart.

West Fargo (1-1-0 EDC, 1-1-1 overall) picked up a 4-0 victory over Fargo Davies on Tuesday thanks to solid defense and an offensive onslaught.

Tarley Gaye put the Packers on the board in minute 17 of the first half. Senior Austin Dillard paced West Fargo with two goals, while Jacob Dufault got the other.

Keepers Braden Schmid and Ryder Neva made three stops apiece.

But Thursday, when West Fargo faced Grand Forks Red River - a team that was winless last season in conference play - they got an early wakeup call.

The Roughriders scored in the first half and the Packers didn't answer by the half's end.

"The second half was so much better than the first half," West Fargo boys soccer coach Doug Millar said. "We had a little chat with the kids at halftime and they came out and played like gangbusters."

Even with relentless shot volley to start the half, the Packers were scored on once again.

"I think we had seven quality shots in the first six minutes, and suddenly its two-nil," Millar said. "It was definitely a reality check."

Millar said the West Fargo players talked afterword and agreed the 2-0 loss couldn't have come at a better time.

"They thought it might not be a bad time to slap us around for a wakeup call," he said.

Hopefully the feeling sticks, as the Packers have plenty of time to build on the experience. Their next game is 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Fargo North (0-1-0, 2-1-3). West Fargo then faces Moorhead at noon on Saturday.

If West Fargo wants to make it to the state tournament in October, they'll have to prove their worth.

"I think we need to buckle down and start playing soccer like we can," Millar said.

Volleyball shines at invite

West Fargo volleyball went to Bismarck last week for a two-day, six-game invitational, and came away with a 5-1 record.

Not a bad way to start.

The Packers began with a 25-19, 25-11, 15-9 win over Mandan. They then beat Minot, Bismarck and Williston before finally falling 25-21, 18-25, 15-9 to Bismarck Century. West Fargo's last win came over Jamestown.

On Saturday, senior Katelyn Holland lead the Packers with 22 kills, 20 digs and three service aces.

West Fargo had a game Tuesday against Fargo North, but results were not in by press time. The Packers next head to Shanley on Thursday for a 7 p.m. start.

The Red Zone

• Boys Tennis: The Packers have had a full week of competition, and currently are sixth in the EDC with a 1-3 record (3-4 overall). West Fargo fell to Fargo South 8-1 on Tuesday, 7-1 to Grand Forks Central on Thursday and 9-0 to Bismarck on Friday. They picked up wins Saturday over Mandan and Jamestown. West Fargo next hosts Valley City on Thursday at 4 p.m.

• Cross Country: West Fargo's boys teams took second and fourth place while its girls team placed first and second at last Thursday's Double Duals in Fargo. The top Packers boys finisher was Darin Baltezore in fourth place with 18 minutes, 5 seconds, while the top girl was Christine Baltezore's second-place finish at 15:59. The Packers now host the West Fargo Invitational, which begins at 4 p.m. Thursday.

• Girls Golf: The Packers placed sixth last week at Monday's Devils Lake Invitational with a team total 396, and Thursday's EDC Meet in Wahpeton with 395. Freshman Ashley Bixby paced West Fargo with an 89 on Monday, and 92 on Thursday. The Packers are at the Fargo South Invitational today, which starts at 9 a.m.