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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Mohamed Hamza read Alyssa Alhadeff's name into a megaphone Wednesday, March 14, telling his fellow West Fargo High School students that she was a soccer player, just like himself. That was until Alhadeff was one of 17 victims, 14 of them students, who died after last month's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla. Most of them, Hamza reminded his peers who gathered on the south side of the West Fargo school after walking out of their classrooms, were younger than him when they died.
Duluth Trading Co. is set to open its first location in North Dakota. Duluth Trading Co. will open on Thursday, March 22, at 2261 Rustad Lane East in West Fargo. The ribbon cutting will be at 9 a.m., and Duluth Trading Co. will be working with professional lumberjacks from DLW Timberworks who will perform at free public shows at 10:30 am and noon as part of the opening. West Fargo Duluth Trading Co. manager Neil Flick said building at this location in West Fargo provided a unique shopping experience.
With less than a minute to go in overtime, the ball was in the hands of West Fargo senior Joe Pistorius. The Class A quarterfinal matchup at North Dakota State's Scheels Center was tied. Earlier in the day, Pistorius was named North Dakota's Gatorade Player of the Year. And in the final minutes of regulation his technical foul began a Jamestown comeback that had West Fargo eyeing defeat.
West Fargo Sheyenne's historic run came to an end. Kemal Hajric wasn't shy about it. He was in pain. He injured his ankle in the state semifinals but wasn't going to be held from playing with his fellow Mustangs in the program's first state championship. He limped in the starting lineups, and he limped to get his participation trophy after the game. But with his career over, he'll better remember his teammates and the run to get there.
FARGO—West Fargo Sheyenne looked like it would be on the wrong side of history. The Mustangs were on their way to being the first No. 1 seed in the state tournament to lose in the opening round since 2013. Instead, for the first time in the program's four-year history, the Mustangs are going to the state semifinals. The East Region No. 1-seeded Mustangs scored 49 points in the second half to beat West Region No. 4 seed St. Mary's 80-70 in the North Dakota Class A boys basketball state quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center.
When West Fargo Sheyenne sharpshooter Maggie Manson put up her first shot of the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament, it was blocked by Bismarck Century's Lauren Ware. Welcome to playing against a 6-foot-4 sophomore center who is already being recruited by Division I schools. Welcome to playing against a Century team that had lost only once. Welcome to playing in your school's first state tournament in the Fargodome—where Sheyenne lost 66-42 to a Century team playing in its 34th state tournament.
Amanda Swanson was tired of moving her products around from craft show to craft show. She was making flowers and floral arrangements but wanted a permanent spot for herself. Swanson was at a holiday party when she was asked if anybody there wanted to rent a space at the Westgo Square complex in West Fargo. Swanson, who was working right nearby with her mom at Priced Right Optical, says she didn't even connect the dots right away but then the wheels started turning in her head.
With plenty of young players and a first-year head coach, the West Fargo girls basketball team had plenty to learn this season. But head coach Mike Benson believes the Packers made strides, and this year's seniors have set the standard for years to come.
As Joe Pistorius hits a 3-pointer from the wing, he hung his head in relief and disbelief. He hadn't been able to hit a single shot from that range, despite playing it for a good part of his high school career. He found himself there again in the East Region tournament semifinals against crosstown rival West Fargo Sheyenne.
The West Fargo Sheyenne girls basketball team had never been to the Class A state tournament before and they would have to go through Fargo Shanley, the previous five-time East Region champion, to get there this season. Four years ago, the Mustangs didn't win a game in their first varsity season. As head coach, Brent Hintz told his young team then that if they stuck with him and the program, they would be the first team to make the state tournament in the program's history.