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Ty's Take: Girls swimming middle of the pack at own pentathlon

West Fargo's Matt Ruff finds a hole in the Fargo North defense Friday night in West Fargo. Michael Vosburg/The Forum

For several years, West Fargo has been the team to beat in girls swimming and diving.

This year, it looks as if the rest of the conference is starting to catch up.

The most recent evidence was last week's West Fargo Pentathlon. The Packers finished in the middle, at third place, with 212 points. Grand Forks Red River grabbed the win, while Fargo North placed second. Fargo South, Grand Forks Central and Fargo Shanley rounded out the standings.

Danica Dutt paced the Packers with four Top 3 finishes. The freshman took the 100 butterfly win in 1 minute, .46 seconds, and placed third in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 backstroke.

West Fargo has some time to regroup before their next meet, which isn't for more than a week. Wahpeton pays a visit Tuesday, Oct. 19, for a 5 p.m. splash.

Volleyball has bumpy week

The West Fargo volleyball team is having a remarkably improved season compared to 2009, however, last week's competition proved to be some of the toughest yet.

The No. 2 Packers kicked things off Tuesday during their "Dig The Cure" match against top-ranked Fargo Shanley. It was West Fargo's turn to host the Breast Cancer Awareness game, with proceeds to benefit "Look Good...Feel Better."

When the Deacons (10-2 EDC, 17-5 overall) won the first set 25-16, it looked as if West Fargo would turn it around after two straight set wins 25-20, 25-18. But Shanley rebounded and ended the rally with 25-20 and 15-12 victories.

It was a hard-fought battle for the Packers (9-3, 17-9). Allison Barta racked up a game-high 26 assists, Katelyn Holland had 15 kills, and Carissa Becher scratched 13 digs.

West Fargo's next competition was during the two-day Fargo Invitational last Thursday-Friday. The Packers went 3-3 at the tournament for seventh place.

Holland accumulated 35 kills and she and Barta had 11 aces. Becher also had 29 kills.

The Packers were scheduled to face Wahpeton on Tuesday, but results were not in by press time. Their next game is next Tuesday, hosting Moorhead at 7 p.m.

Football on fire

Packers football continued its East Region domination last Friday with a 20-18 win over Fargo North. West Fargo is undefeated in conference play at 4-0, and is 6-1 overall.

Their final game of the regular season is Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p. m. when they host Grand Forks Central.