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 @CPool_80.
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Mike Benson laughs at the idea of trash talking against Brent Hintz. Even in an emotional in-city rivalry game between the West Fargo and West Fargo Sheyenne girls basketball teams, the two head coaches have respect for each other. Benson, now the Packers head coach who was an assistant coach at Sheyenne last season, already knew how skilled the Mustangs were.
Greg Lowenberg remembers a patient who had to be carried into his chiropractic office looking for help. Lowenberg's treatment allowed the patient to walk out of his office that day. "That's pretty gratifying," Lowenberg said. "That showed the power of chiropractic and what we can do."
Alex Walker tried every sport as a kid. He remembers running away from the ball during a youth football game, so maybe sports with any ball weren't for him. He still hears about the time he tried youth wrestling and ran away from his opponent. Maybe wrestling wasn't for him either. Then Walker tried swimming in fifth grade. He fit right in.
Some fans were initially held off from seeing the West Fargo and West Fargo Sheyenne boys basketball matchup. Sheyenne High School was at capacity as people crowded the school's gymnasium to see a competitive basketball game. Packers fans weren't disappointed this time around. The No. 2-ranked Packers came back from a double-digit deficit to defeat the Mustangs 78-69 in an Eastern Dakota Conference showdown on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
WEST FARGO—Practice didn't feel right for the Fargo Davies boys basketball team. The Eagles had won their previous 30 regular season games, but then West Fargo Sheyenne beat the Eagles on their home court last week for the first time ever. Braeton Motschenbacher admits the Eagles had plenty to work on. Even after all the wins, he feels the Eagles had something to prove.
Shayla Pennick had already worked with the West Fargo Packatahnas dance team. She was an assistant coach for one year before fulfilling her dream of becoming the Packatahnas head coach. As a former Packatahnas dancer herself, Pennick knew the expectations and pressures were always going to be high for West Fargo's dance team. In her first meeting with the team as the head coach, Pennick said those who would stay with the program would have to be dedicated. But again, most of the Packatahnas knew what to expect from their new head coach. They were on board.
Kamryn James sees the banners West Fargo Sheyenne has hung for past state champions. She sees the number of state championships the West Fargo Dance Team has on a banner in its school. She and the rest of the West Fargo Sheyenne Dance Team want a banner of their own.
Luke Lennon and the West Fargo boys basketball team had just survived a furious comeback from Moorhead. One of the first things Lennon talks about is how the Packers need to work on playing against press defenses. Even after starting the season on an eight-game winning streak, the Packers want to get better.
Jared Franek had been finishing runner-up at recent tournaments. But the three-time North Dakota state champion and North Dakota State senior commit of West Fargo knew how to win. Even with the odds stacked against him, Franek found his championship form. Down by two points in the final minute, Franek pulled out a match-tying reversal and scored a takedown in a 5-3 sudden victory over Tyler Dow of Stoughton for the 160-pound Rumble on the Red championship on Friday, Dec. 29, at the Fargodome.
Packers softball wins 20th straight title Even a split of the program wouldn't stop West Fargo softball from winning yet another state championship.