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Growing up, I never really saw the point in running when the only goal was to cross a finish line. I preferred running to the basket, or running to an open spot on the field to catch a pass, but the thought of simply running never seemed appealing. That is, until about two years ago, when events like last weekend's "Run or Dye" 5k or the upcoming "81 on 81" provided me with fun events that also gave me a sense of accomplishment.
The Patriots had an up-and-down weekend, but ended on a high note in the Fargo-Moorhead Invitational tournament. After splitting their games on both Friday and Saturday, the Pats wrapped up the tournament with a 6-3 victory over the Moorhead Blues on Sunday afternoon. "Our hitting was really on top today," left fielder Matt Barclay said. "Everyone was really seeing the pitcher and getting on base." The team held a 6-1 lead into the seventh inning, thanks to a strong outing on the mound from Noah Paper but allowed a small, late rally in last half inning.
Rick Electric Inc. of Moorhead is in the middle of a large undertaking at West Fargo High School, as they are retrofitting the building with 3,500 new lighting fixtures. The project, one of Rick Electric's biggest of the season, sees the school having new fluorescent T8 and LED lighting fixtures, which use up to 75 percent less energy and will help the school save money. When Rick's Electric's bid was accepted by the West Fargo School Board, district business manager Mark Lemer said the fixtures will pay for themselves within 10 years.
What better way for the Mustang family to get started than by hiring a husband and wife as coaches? The Mustang Booster Club introduced new coaches Jeremy and Leah Newton - who will coach football and volleyball, respectively - to parents and fans earlier this month, along with new basketball coaches Tom Kirchoffner and Brent Hintz.
The West Fargo Patriots had a roller coaster weekend in Nebraska, winning two games but losing three in the Battle of Omaha American Legion tournament. The tournament started with an extra-inning 4-3 loss against West Monroe, La., on Thursday night, in which the Pats gave up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Pats followed that performance up with a 7-2 loss against Lincoln Pius (Neb.) on Friday afternoon before beating the team from Branson, Mo., 8-3 that evening.
Fans of Packer girls' hockey won't have to travel too far to see star goalie Andrea Klug play at the collegiate level. And now, thanks to the Hockey Dreams Foundation, it will not cost her as much to do so. Klug, who graduated from West Fargo High School last month and will attend Concordia College in the fall, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the foundation. She is one of just three players going to a Minnesota school to receive the award.
The West Fargo School Board approved a request from the Sheyenne Mustangs Booster Club on Monday night to install an electronic messaging sign at the corner of 40th Ave. and Veteran's Boulevard, where it would be most visible for the greatest number of people. The Booster Club was granted a tentative approval from the board, as they must still submit an application to the city of West Fargo to seek approval of the necessary variances and permits for the sign.
The rain has stopped, the temperature has risen and school is out for the summer. Kids rejoice when summer comes around, but they need something to do with all of that free time in June, July and August. Luckily, the West Fargo Park District has them covered. The district offers a wide variety of sports and recreational activities for children of all ages, including: baseball, softball, soccer, archery, basketball, flag football, ice skating, volleyball and Tae Kwon Do, among others.
The West Fargo Patriots Legion baseball team has, so far, been continuing its success of last season. Since last Tuesday, the team has won seven of eight games against five different teams. On Tuesday, pitcher Anjelo Shepherd gave a three-hit, seven-strikeout performance in a 11-2 victory in their first game against Devils Lake. In the second game, the Patriots overwhelmed their opponent at the plate with 18 hits in a 16-0 victory.
The Packers were well represented at the North Dakota East-West All-Star Games on Wednesday, June 5, in Jamestown. Both the boys team and the girls had four players on the East team. The boys team included four seniors: forward Lucas Miller, midfielder Brady Rotert and defensemen Nolan Clark and Derek Dreher. Miller scored the only goal of the game -- coming in the 61st minute -- to lift the East over the West team 1-0.