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After winning its second consecutive state title last season, the Packer wrestling team entered this season with just as much momentum, topping Valley City 66-9 on Tuesday. The Packer wrestlers took 12 of their 14 matches, and eight of those matches were won by pin. “I thought we competed really well,” head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “We won 12 out of fourteen matches, and we lost a couple of close matches to some highly ranked kids.” The Packers were highlighted by junior Keegan Cronin, senior Reed Cronin and junior Anjelo Shepherd, all of whom pinned their opponents in under 90 seconds.
With the girls basketball season starting next week, the West Fargo girls will look to build on the success they found last season, in which they went 21-4 on the season, finished second in the EDC tournament and were runners-up in state. However, almost three-fifths of their 1,278 points scored came from players who have either graduated or are inactive this season, but head coach Barb Metcalf believes that the players she has -- with the impressions left by the classes before them -- will pick up the slack. “I think we had a phenomenal year, but we don’t graduate our traditions” Metcalf sa
After a disappointing 8-15-0 season last year, the West Fargo boys started the season by facing two of last year’s top teams in the west, falling to Bismarck High 2-1 on Friday before losing to Bismarck Century 4-2 on Saturday. The Packers jumped to an early lead against the Demons, as senior forward Austen Larsen scored the first West Fargo goal of the season less than three minutes into the game.
The West Fargo girls hockey season kicks off its season this week, following a year that saw the team go 20-0 in the Eastern Dakota Conference (23-2 overall) and finish second in the state tournament, falling to Bismarck in the championship game. “We had a great year,” head coach Pat Johnson said. “The kids worked hard, we had a goaltender that we could count on and some good senior leaders.
The West Fargo Packers’ football season drew to a close four weeks ago, but coaches, parents and fans marked the season’s end on Tuesday with a celebration of the team in the high school commons. The team ended the year with a 4-5 overall record, but a 4-2 record against Eastern Dakota Conference opponents. On Friday, Nov.
Monday’s school board meeting saw over 30 members of the community attend in support of Former West Fargo High assistant football and basketball coach Jim Jonas. Even more supporters looked in from the lobby of the Leidal Education Center.
The West Fargo School Board has a new voice at the table. During Monday’s meeting, Allan Skramstad was sworn in as the board’s newest member. He replaces Angela Korsmo, who resigned last month after 16 years on the board. “This is something I have thought about for a while,” Skramstad said. “The underlying reason is that I went through the public school system myself. Even though that was a couple of years ago, someone else paid for my education.
In Monday’s meeting, the West Fargo School Board unanimously authorized a contract with MBN Engineering of Fargo to conduct an assessment of the condition of several parking lots and sidewalks throughout the district’s school. The district expects the cost of renovations to parking lots and sidewalks in most need of work to be roughly $640,000. The approved contract is based on eight percent of the work that is expected to be done on the project, which is estimated at $51,200. “There is some concern about the impact this will have on our budget,” business manager Mark Lemer said.
Longtime West Fargo coach Jim Jonas has resigned from his role of assistant coach for football and basketball. The fiery coach has been on Packer sidelines for the past 23 years. District officials were unable to comment on this personnel matter, but reports indicate that Jonas was issued a letter stating that he would be given the opportunity to resign or else it “will be documented” that he was terminated from the coaching positions.
The Packers did their best to keep things interesting, but ultimately, their season came to an end when they fell to Fargo South 3-1 (25-15, 25-12, 17-25, 25-23) in a state qualifying game on Saturday. Leading up to Saturday, the Pack faced the Fargo Davies Eagles on Tuesday in their first EDC tournament game, but ended up losing 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-20) “I think we held back a little bit,” head coach Paula Pierson said. “We came in a little tight, and it really showed on some of our kids.We are not going to miss the number of serves we did and win games.