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West Fargo Community High School math teacher Michelle Ristvedt was recently named Educator of the Year in Alternative Education by the North Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning (NDALL). “It is very humbling to be recognized in this way,” Ristvedt said. “It makes me excited to dream a little bigger about what I can do.” Ristvedt – in her 13th year as Community High’s math teacher – has been a lifelong West Fargo resident, and graduated from West Fargo High School.
The Packers started from scratch this season with 20 new starters and lost their first two games of the season, yet now they sit atop the Eastern Dakota Conference. The team won its third consecutive game on Friday, beating the Devils Lake Firebirds 34-20. The Packers went into halftime trailing 14-7, but their grinding rush attack and 27 points in the second half proved enough for the comeback win. Senior running back Sam Olsen was handed the ball 22 times in the game, gaining 131 yards and scoring three touchdowns, all of them in the second
The Packer girls’ swim team’s successful season continued last Tuesday with an overwhelming 132-54 victory over Moorhead. The girls won nine of the 12 events against the Spuds, falling only in the 200-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the one-meter dive. Hallie Peterson brought in four victories for the Packers. She took first in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard freestyle, as well as being a part of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams. The Packers are off until Friday, Oct.
The Packers cross country teams ended Satuday’s meet in Willmar, Minn., with the boys finishing fourth out of 13 teams and the girls finishing fifth out of 12. Leading the boys was junior Keegan Cronin, who finished eighth out of 102 runners with a time of 17 minutes, 10 seconds. The girls were led by freshman Jen Dufner, who also finished eighth with a 15:46.8 time. Sophomore Kody Coles finished 17th for the boys with a 17:43.1 time, and eighth-grader Madison Urlaub finished 19th for the girls with a 16:08.9 time. The teams will head to L
The West Fargo boys’ basketball team is hosting a youth boys basketball tournament on Saturday, Nov. 9. Boys between grades 3 and 9 are welcome to participate. Registrations will be taken until Monday, November 4, the registration fee is $135 per team. Questions can be directed to Jaysen Schock at 701.540.5134 or Jenelle Hogenson at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Packer tennis team is state-tournament bound. In the East Regional Tournament on Thursday, the Pack topped Fargo Davies 4-1 and Fargo South 5-0 before falling to Grand Forks Red River 5-0 in the finals and securing the No. 2 seed in the East. The second-place finish means the 15-2 Packers will begin Thursday’s state tournament in Fargo by facing Williston -- the West’s No.
The West Fargo soccer team had a mixed bag of a week, but the good outweighs the bad. After losing to Fargo South 1-0 on Tuesday to bring their eight-game winning streak to an end, the Packers bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Grand Forks Central, then fought the top-ranked Fargo Shanley to a 1-1 draw. With 17 points in the Eastern Dakota Conference, Packers will enter the state tournament on Thursday, Oct. 10, as the East’s No. 2 seed, and will face the West’s No. 3 seed -- likely Bismarck St. Mary -- in the quarterfinals at 3 p.m.
West Fargo’s Freedom Elementary School played host to a renowned American gymnast on Wednesday morning. Bart Conner, who won a gold medal for the United States in the 1984 Olympic Games, visited the school – along with TNT Kid’s Fitness, Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF), and United Way of Cass and Clay Counties – to talk to students about finding something they are passionate about and striving to excel at it. “It’s really exciting – especially meeting with third- and fourth-graders – because my whole world changed when I was about 10 years old,”
During the West Fest parade on Saturday, Sept. 21, the West Fargo Girls’ Basketball float earned the “Best in Theme” award. The float’s design was spearheaded by Angela Bagan, whose daughter, Cass Thorson, plays guard for the Packers.
The Packers’ strong season continued last week with two more victories. The team started the week with a 3-1 victory over the Grand Forks Red River Roughriders on Tuesday evening, and then followed that with a 1-0 win over Fargo North on Thursday. The Packers dueled the Roughriders to a scoreless draw in the first half, but senior Akeem Smith scored two goals in seven minutes during the second half to seal a victory. Midfielfer Abdiaziz Hussein scored the team’s other goal.