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Schwartz becomes a Dragon

West Fargo's Brady Schwartz heads for a first-half touchdown during a game last season against Mandan. Schwartz finished the season with more than 550 yards of rushing and was named All-State and All-Conference. He will play for Minnesota State University Moorhead in the fall. Dave Wallis / The Forum

A West Fargo athlete will be staying close to home this fall after graduation.

Brady Schwartz was one of 14 recently announced players added to this fall's Minnesota State University Moorhead football program.

"We are excited about all of the additions to our team," Dragons coach Steve Laqua said. "They will compliment the athletes we have returning and will be key elements in assisting in the transformation of Dragon football."

Besides Schwartz, the 2011 freshman class will include Justin Bidwell (Maple Lake, Minn.), Frank Contreras (St. Thomas, N.D.), Tom Gruchow (Menahga, Minn.), Ryan Miles (Bloomington, Minn.), Kevin Nelson (Bemidji), Aaron Olson (Ada, Minn.), Ryan Toelle (Sisseton, S.D.), Drew Viken (Fosston, Minn.), Stefan Webber (Fargo) and Wade Youngblom (Sisseton, S.D.).

As a wide receiver, Schwartz led West Fargo to the Eastern Dakota Championship during his senior season. His six touchdowns and 37 catches for 659 receiving yards were team bests. On Sept. 24, he racked up 126 yards of receiving against Grand Forks Red River that stood as a season high for the Packers. Schwartz was a two-time All-State and All-Conference honoree.

Besides football, Schwartz also played basketball for the Packers. This winter, he was third in team points after averaging nearly 10 a game, and led the Packers in 3-pointers with 39.

Brady Schwartz is the son of Jan Schwartz and Wayne Schwartz.