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The West Fargo girls’ golf team took to the Fargo Country Club on Monday morning, finishing fourth out of ten teams -- for the second consecutive time -- with a score of 375. Leading the Pack was senior Ashley Bixby, who finished third in the tournament with a score of 82. Following Bixby was senior Brittany Rheault with a score of 93, her second-best of the year.
Despite Saturday’s West Fargo Invitational soccer tournament being cut short due to the elements, officials saw enough to award the tournament to the Packers, who earned 29 points in three games. The tournament began Friday afternoon with the Packers earning an 8-0 victory over Mandan. Senior Abdi Gedi, juniorAkeem Smith and senior Zuheer Al-Abase each schored two goals in the game. Each of them also tallied an assist. The Pack followed that performance with a 4-1 victory over Bismarck St. Marys on Saturday morning.
The West Fargo girls’ swim team traveled to Bismarck on Saturday to participate in a 10-team meet, and left with a commanding 447-point victory. The Pack picked up victories in four events, three of them relays. The other was the 100-yard butterfly, which senior Danica Dutt won with a combined time of 59.09 seconds. Dutt was also a member of the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams, both of whom finished first. The Packers will head to Fargo South Thursday for a 5:30 p.m.
As of Monday, West Fargo High School students and staff have been actively celebrating Homecoming Week. Packers have been dressing up and participating in activities in order to show their school spirit, but the fun is not over yet. Today is "Class Color Day" at the high school. Seniors are encouraged to wear white while juniors wear green and the sophomore class wears black.
The one constant on the Packers' golf team for the past five years has been senior Ashley Bixby posting low scores on a regular basis. The reason for that is simple: she puts in far more time than the average golfer.
On a typical football team, the quarterback is a consistent model of leadership; the one player to provide on-the-field guidance and poise. The Packers use a different strategy, however, by utilizing two quarterbacks, usually rotating senior Scott Cameron and junior Jacob Hoy after each play. "We need balance, and if that means we rotate them every play, then we will work it out," Gibson said. "We can actually send the plays in with the quarterback, and we could give him some hints on the sideline. That is definitely an advantage."
The Packers experienced a mixed bag over the weekend in a Marshall, Minn., tournament, but suffered a massive blow off the court earlier in the week, as MRI results indicated that senior Amanda Levin has a torn ACL and MCL, and is out for the season. She will also have to sit through the girls' basketball season, but hopes to defend her state titles in track this spring.
The boys’ tennis team is off to its hottest start in head coach Chad Anderson’s 14 years with the team. “We have never been 8-1 in my 14 years of coaching,” Anderson said.
The Packers’ cross country teams had on strong outing on Saturday morning at Johnson Park in Moorhead. The boys’ team finished second out of eight teams with a score of 56, and the girls took third place out of eight teams with a score of 67. The Packer girls got a first-place finish out of freshman runner Jen Dufner, who finished her 4k in 15 minutes, 45 seconds. The girls’ next finisher was freshman Kaitlyn Ask, who finished 10th out of 70 runners with a time of 16:21.
What is the best thing for a team that lost 20 starters in the offseason? The wrong answer to that question is to have them play two of the west’s strongest teams in its first two games, but that is what happened to West Fargo. The inexperienced Packer football team faced off against the reigning state champions, the Bismarck Demons, on Friday night. They put up a fight, but ultimately lost 31-14. The Packers started the game with an 81-yard kick return from senior kick returner Jacob Blotsky, which brought the team to the Bismarck 1-yard line for their first offensive possession.