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The football field and track area at Berger Elementary School is a bit disheveled at the moment. A renovation project for the track began in the spring to make it more of a "community amenity" instead of a competitive facility. As it stands now, there is no grass on the field or surrounding area and snow fences block the entrances. Despite it's current state, the district says is on track to be completed this fall, as long as the elements cooperate.
The West Fargo School District is typically in a state of flux, and the 2013-2014 school year will be no different, as a series of prominent changes have come to the area. A noteworthy change was the hiring of Jennifer Fremstad as West Fargo High School's new principal, taking the role from Gary Clark. Fremstad spent the last the last eight years at Fargo South High School as an assistant principal.
The West Fargo Patriots legion baseball team saw its season come to an end on Friday after two tough losses to Nebraska teams in the regional tournament in Fargo. The Pats started the tournament on Thursday against Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.), but struggled on defense, gave up 14 runs in the first two innings and lost 15-4 after seven innings. Things crumbled for the Pats in the second inning. Down 3-0 at the start, pitcher Kory Wolden started off by walking the first batter. The team then followed with two consecutive errors to load the bases.
The Fargo Soccer Club's U13 Sheyenne United team -- consisting of 18 girls, 16 of them from West Fargo -- found a great deal of success throughout the season, finishing with two tournament championships, two second-place finishes and a 17-6 record. "I think this is the finest group young ladies I've had the privilege of coaching," team coach Kelvin Daniels said. "They didn't win any championships last year, and they took it personally. They came out hungry and ready to go." The team managed to score 70 goals in their 23 games, while only giving up 18.
The West Fargo School Board unanimously approved a request Monday night for an additional elementary assistant principal to complement the one currently employed on a two-year contract that ends at the end of the upcoming school year. As a part of the request, the present elementary assistant principal will become a continuing position, and the two assistants will be shared among four elementary schools (two buildings each).
Much like the Packers in June, the Patriots were so close to successfully defending their 2012 state title, but fell just short. The team made it all the way to the championship game on Sunday, but fell to Fargo Post 2 and took second place in the state. The tournament began with a decisive 4-0 victory over Dickinson, in which pitcher Camran Bonnema threw a two-hit, nine-inning shutout with seven strikeouts.
The 9-year-old West Fargo Rattlers traveling baseball team followed its state championship victory a few weeks ago by winning the Midwest Regional Tournament in North Platte, Neb., on Sunday, July 28. "It really shows where baseball is heading," assistant coach Lenny Heupel said. "The talent level at age 9 is so much higher than it was a few years ago." The Rattlers went 2-1 in pool play, decisively beating teams from Kansas and Nebraska, but losing to a Missouri team in a close game. The results of those games earned West Fargo the No. 2 seed in tournament play.
The West Fargo Patriots finished the regular season strong, sweeping three doubleheaders against Fargo Metro, Wahpeton and Mandan in their final week. They started the week as well as any, with a pair of 7-0 victories against Fargo Metro on Tuesday. The first game saw a five-run third inning for the Patriots, complemented by pitcher Anjelo Shepherd's five-hit, complete game shutout. Shortstop Andy Young hit a solo home run - his 10th of the season - over the high fence in left field in the fifth inning to wrap up the scoring in the first game.
The West Fargo Packers girls' basketball team traveled to the Target Center in Minneapolis in late June, beating the Chaska Hawks 45-40 before watching the Minnesota Lynx beat the Tulsa Shock 88-79. "It was a great opportunity for the players and coaches to see how we are developing over the summer," head coach Barb Metcalf said. "In order to maintain a competitive edge it is important to play teams like Chaska. To go play a powerhouse team like that is a really good gauge to see how we're sitting. It really was the perfect trip."
The Fargo Area Scholastic Target Team (FASTT), the only clay target trap-shooting team in North Dakota, held its first state tournament at the Shooting Park in Horace on Saturday, July 20. The team is made up of 24 athletes - three girls and 21 boys - ranging between the ages of 12 and 18, and three coaches, with a group of parents and mentors helping out. While the majority of active participants are from West Fargo, the team also has members from Fargo, Horace and Harwood.