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The Packer girls hockey team has started the season 7-1 and have outscored opponents by almost 40 goals. They have over 300 shots on goal one-third of the way through the season, and plenty of that offense has come through its “white line,” consisting of seniors Kelly Krahn and Alli Springer and freshman Janey Sandoval. The trio has combined for 51 of the team’s 81 points. “Right now, they are the go-to line,” head coach Pat Johnson said. “All the other lines have either had someone hurt or someone sick. Hopefully those two lines can get back intact.
The Packer girls basketball team went into Friday’s game looking for their third consecutive win to start the season, and did so in grand fashion by rolling through the Grand Forks Central Knights 96-47. By making it to 3-0 on the season, the Packers now sit at the top of the Eastern Dakota Conference standings. West Fargo and Central swapped leads in the early minutes of the game, but the Packers eventually pulled ahead and never looked back, leading by an astonishing score of 54-17 at halftime.
All brothers wrestle. It’s just in their nature. There is something ingrained in just about every boy’s DNA that makes him want to get the upper hand over his siblings. Growing up, I spent plenty of time wrestling with my brother in the basement, where our worried mother wouldn’t see us. Being the little brother, I am pretty sure I was on the losing end of most of those wrestling matches, but that never stopped me from getting the best of my brother, who is four years older and probably outweighed me by 50 pounds for much of my childhood. As I said, all brothers wrestle.
On Friday morning, 44 students at the Osgood Kindergarten Center were given the Principal Award, recognizing them for practicing respect, responsibility and safety during the first half of the school year. “We have been reading our code of conduct every Monday,” Principal Darren Sheldon said.
The Packers traveled to Rochester, Minn., on Friday to face off with some of the best teams in the Midwest, and may have received a little national recognition in the process by ending the weekend in second place out of 33 teams with 179 points. Only Apple Valley, Minn., -- the No. 4 team in the nation, according to InterMat Wrestling -- finished ahead of West Fargo. The Packers beat Bismarck high, the top team in the state and No.
The boys hockey team’s woes continued last week, as the team lost both of its games. On Tuesday, the boys fell to the Grand Forks Central Knights 8-1 on Tuesday, then lost in overtime to the Fargo South-Shanley Bruins 5-4 on Friday. Packer forward Riley Vareberg scored the first goal of the game on Tuesday (with assists coming from Tyler Berginski and Jake Wasem), but that was where the scoring stopped for West Fargo.
The Packer wrestling traveled to Grand Forks on Saturday for the Sertoma Dual Tournament, and rolled to a relatively easy first-place finish. They won all four of their duals -- three of them by a wide margin -- to bring their overall dual record to 6-0 on the year. The Pack lost just 12 of the 56 matches that took place, beating Central Cass, Turtle Mountain, Detroit Lakes and ultimately Bismarck Century to take the title. 138-pound junior Jordan Shearer was never on the mat for more than 90 seconds, pinning three of his opponents and beating another by a 15-0 technical fall. 106 pound se
After their first in-state regular-season loss the week before, the Packers bounced back with two big wins. The Pack started the week with a 5-0 victory over Fargo North on Tuesday, then topped Fargo South-Shanley 5-1 on Friday. “We always look at trying to get better,” head coach Pat Johnson said. “We still have things to improve on, but you have to be happy.” The Packers’ first line carried the team on Tuesday, as both Kelly Krahn and Alison Springer scored a pair of goals in the game.
The Packer girls saw plenty of change in their roster over the offseason, but that has not seemed to slow them down, as they start their season 2-0. They met the Eastern Dakota Conference’s top-ranked team -- the Fargo Shanley Deacons -- on Thursday, beating them 66-61, thanks to hard-nosed rebounding and clutch free-throw shooting. Shanley standout Sarah Jacobson had 35 points for the Deacons, but the Packers managed to stifle the rest of the team just enough to secure the win. “We really worked hard as a team,” senior guard Cass Thorson said. “It felt great.
The West Fargo boys basketball team came into the new season with a new roster, but plenty of momentum. They started the season on Thursday with a 96-91 overtime victory over defending state champions Fargo Shanley, then followed it up with a 56-50 win over the Devils Lake Firebirds on Saturday. The Pack led by two at halftime on Thursday, but coninued to swap leads with the Deacons until the overtime period, where West Fargo outscored Shanley 13-8. Leading the Packers on Thursday was senior forward Travis Schock, -- last season’s only returning starter -- who had 27 points, nine rebounds,