Pool is a reporter for The West Fargo Pioneer covering city sports and community news. He was the sports editor for The Dickinson Press covering Dickinson State athletics, high school athletics and Southwest Speedway. He graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. You can reach him by phone at 701-451-5715 or tweet him @CPoolReporter.
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Six students from West Fargo High School will be competing in the Skills USA building trades national competition on June 25-29 in Louisville, Ky., after winning at the state level. Laine White, who works with five of those students, said their time will be chalk full of competing, testing, orientations, opening and awards ceremonies. But, students may be able to sneak in a visit to the Louisville Slugger factory. Although this is at a national level for Skills USA, a volunteer leadership program, White believes his students are more than ready.
Pinned down to its own 2-yard line, North Dakota lit up the scoreboard on its first possession of the game as West Fargo teammates Andy Gravdahl and Joe Pistorius entered the record books of the annual Badlands Bowl all-star football game. Gravdahl, who was named North Dakota's offensive MVP, delivered a perfect spiral over the outstretched arms of a Montana defender and in stride to the 6-foot-4 Pistorius, who raced down the sideline for an 85-yard touchdown reception, the single longest play in Badlands Bowl history.
As the Hulbert Aquatic Center began to take shape, West Fargoan and Fargo Marathon Executive Director Mark Knutson started to think about how we might bring land and sea athletes to West Fargo. On Saturday, June 23, West Fargo will host its first triathlon when the Tri Go Far Triathlon makes its debut at 8 a.m. The Hulbert Aquatic Center will host the swimming portion, while the 11-mile bike course and the five-kilometer running course circling the aquatic center and West Fargo neighborhoods.
West Fargo's Darian Chwialkowski didn't have to go far for an experience she had been been looking forward to. The former Packers outside hitter and University of North Dakota commit led the East with 11 kills to go with 11 digs as the West beat the East 24-26, 25-17, 26-24, 25-23 on Monday, June 11, in the first match of the annual North Dakota Optimists/North Dakota High School Coaches Association all-star volleyball series at West Fargo Sheyenne High School.
Joel Swanson will return to teaching and coaching after he was placed on paid administrative leave following an incident involving the classroom he oversees at Cheney Middle School. Swanson was placed on paid administrative leave from both teaching and coaching on Monday, April 30, according to a West Fargo School District statement, and his return was pending the outcome of the investigation. He was reinstated in late May. Swanson is an alternative education teacher at Cheney and the head varsity baseball coach at West Fargo Sheyenne High School.
The West Fargo boys golf team saved its best for last. The Packers, after averaging fourth place in the Eastern Dakota Conference regular season, took third place with a 21-over-par 597 on Wednesday, June 6, during the North Dakota Class A state meet at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson. Grand Forks Red River defended its state title crown with a 581 and Fargo Davies, the EDC regular season leader, took runner-up with a 592.
From Jordan Rheault's very first games as West Fargo's American Legion head baseball coach, his philosophy was on display. He believes pitching and defense win games, and he thought the Patriots did well in both from the opening pitch. The Patriots committed zero errors and allowed five total runs over the course of two games as they took care of Fargo Post 400 14-4 in five innings and 5-1 in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday, June 7, at Young Field. These marked the first games as the Patriots head coach for Rheault, who is West Fargo's third head coach in three seasons.
WEST FARGO — When Megan Gaffaney was among the best players in the state of North Dakota, she was among the best performers in almost everything.
West Fargo Sheyenne boys golf turned in its best score of the season with a 14-over-par 302 to take fourth place in the East Region championship on Wednesday, May 30, at Rose Creek Golf Course. Sheyenne's Bennett Persoon shot a 71, just two strokes off the lead, to tie for second individually. Blaze Ackerland, who made the all-Eastern Dakota Conference team with a season average of 74.88, shot a 74 to tie for 10th individually. Those two, along with West Fargo's Zach Teske who tied for 10th with a 74, were named to the all-East Region team.
FARGO—Ryan Bourassa and Carson Tonini were pitch for pitch, exchanging strikeouts and jams avoided. Tonini knew every hit and every scoring opportunity was going to matter. So he took matters into his own hands and gave himself the only offense he needed. Tonini scored his team's lone run on a passed ball and completed a shutout as West Region No. 3-seeded Minot took down East Region No. 2 seed and defending state champion West Fargo 1-0 in the North Dakota Class A state baseball quarterfinals on Thursday, May 31, at Newman Outdoor Field.