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In two duals last week, the Packer wrestling team showed why they are the top-ranked team in the state. The team completely overwhelmed their opponents -- Grand Forks Central and Fargo South -- on Thursday and Friday, beating the Knights 70-6 before trouncing the Bruins 72-6. “I thought we wrestled well in both duals,” head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “We have to continue on working hard every time we step out on the mat.
During Monday’s meeting, the West Fargo School Board unanimously approved the hiring of a fourth school resources officer for the district. The new officer will be hired to accommodate a split between Liberty Middle School and Sheyenne High School, both of which share one officer at the moment. “As you all know, it’s pretty hard to be in two places at once,” Community Relations Coordinator Heather Konschak told the board. Adding a fourth officer means that there will be one at each West Fargo secondary school. Where the new school officer will be stationed is decided by the police departme
West Fargoans who frequently attend Packer sporting events may have noticed a familiar voice at each event, and I am not talking about the play-by-play man or an overly vocal fan. West Fargo High School senior Bailey Hurley has been singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before most Packer home games for the past few years. “I love singing the national anthem,” Hurley said. “If I could make a career out of singing it, I would sign up for that job so fast. I don’t know what it is about it. I just love it.” Hurley lives in Horace with her parents, Kim and Pat, and younger sister, Blayke.
The Packer girls remain the only undefeated team in the Eastern Dakota Conference after Monday’s 76-42 win over Fargo North moved them to 5-0 on the season. “We really rebounded from a lackluster second half against Minot,” head coach Barb Metcalf said. “I could really tell the kids upped their game. They were ready to play.” The Packers came out of the gate strong, finding the open player and leading at halftime by 21 points.
This past weekend, the Packer wrestling team made its second trip to Rochester in two weeks, this time for the 12th Minnesota Clash tournament. They made the most of it by beating four of the six teams they faced. Their biggest win of the weekend came against Grand Island, Neb., who they beat 53-21.
Just about every other weekend event was postponed thanks to the subzero temperatures and dangerous wind chills, but the Packer swim team powered past that to take part in an invitational at Fargo Davies.
How is everyone doing with their New Year’s resolution? Have you already given up on it? I have too. Hopefully, there are a few of you out there still doing your best to improve yourself, but resolutions do not simply apply to individuals. Each Packer coach also has a way he or she would like to see the West Fargo teams improve, despite being a generally favorable season so far for each sport. The Packer boys basketball team is currently 2-2 on the season, but are just one game out of first place in the Eastern Dakota Conference.
The Packers ended their particpation in a tournament in Fergus Falls with postponed game, but they started the tournament in the best possible way: a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over Park Rapids, who were 6-1 on the season going into the game. “Whenever you beat a 6-1 team, that is obviously a big boost,” co-head coach Tim Capouch said.
The Packer girls basketball team’s hot start to the season continued on Friday when they bested the Minot Magicians 57-52 at West Fargo High School. “I thought we played a dandy of a first half, considering we had just come off Christmas break,” head coach Barb Metcalf said. “In the second half, it looked like we didn’t have our legs back yet, but we pulled it off. It was a wonderful ugly win.” The Pack had a difficult time putting the ball in the basket, as they shot roughly 30 percent from the field.
At the biggest wrestling event in the area, the Packers did not disappoint. The team finished second out of 69 teams at the Rumble on the Red this weekend, with just fourth-ranked Apple Valley finishing ahead of them. They ended the weekend with 187.5 points. Earlier in the week, they entered InterMat Wrestling’s Top 50, and are now ranked 42nd in the nation.