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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.
West Fargo resident Lester Hazer opened Hazer's Auto & Truck Parts in 1969 and has been working there ever since. He was in his mid-50s at that time. Two weeks ago, he celebrated his 100th birthday and shows no signs of stopping. "We have to check with the Guinness Book of Records, but he's probably the oldest wrecker driver in the world," Lester's son Duane said. "You don't meet too many people now that were born in a sod house."
West Fargo pitcher Brittany Rheault was named the 2012-13 Gatorade North Dakota Softball Player of the Year.
The Sheyenne Mustangs Booster club welcomed the school's new coaches to parents and fans in a presentation on Monday night.
The West Fargo boys' golf team wrapped up its 2013 season on Wednesday with a seventh-place finish and a 36-hole score of 653 in the state tournament at Dakota Winds Golf Course in Hankinson, N.D.
The 11th annual Brian Mattson Invitational Golf Scramble Fundraiser will be taking place on Friday at the Leonard Country Club in Leonard, N.D. "(This event) all began as friends getting together to play a little golf together," said Brian Mattson, the event's organizer. "The next year, more friends showed up, and it eventually grew to the point where we decided we might as well raise money for West Fargo. This is something for our community to enjoy."
Two weeks ago, Amanda Levin cemented herself in Packers history. The junior trackster finished first in three different events - the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs - at the North Dakota state track tournament.
The West Fargo boys' golf team was in the middle of the pack once again at the Eastern Dakota Conference regional meet on Wednesday, earning a team score of 331 and finishing fifth, which qualified them for today's state meet at Dakota Winds Golf Course in Hankinson. "We really didn't look so good after nine holes," head coach Chuck Gad said. "Kids tend to give up after a tough start. but second nine was much better for everyone. All of them played really well."