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The Packers volleyball team is set to begin its season this weekend, and while hopes are high, some work needs to be done in the back row. The Pack hopes to build on last season, which saw them finish fourth in the state tournament after a 21-16 record (12-6 in the Eastern Dakota Conference). “They did a really good job of building as the season progressed, and they finished the season playing their best volleyball as a team,” head coach Paula Pierson said. “When we got to the state tournament… we played so well.
The West Fargo High School soccer program has a reputation for grooming solid athletes, but sometimes, it simply runs in the family. Packers alum Tia Lopez has been playing midfield for Northern State University’s soccer team — in Aberdeen, S.D. — since the 2009 season. This year, she will be joined by her little sister, fellow midfielder and 2012 West Fargo graduate Mara Lopez. “Soccer has been everything for us,” Tia said.
Longtime West Fargo-based business Jemco-Maxair held a special ribboncutting recently signifying the completion of a 7,200 building expansion at their 1805 E. Main Ave.
The West Fargo School Board mulled over its options during regular meeting action Monday night for selecting an architect for the upcoming elementary school — which will be built during the 2014-2015 school year just south of 52nd Avenue — but elected not to make a decision yet. The district has had positive experiences with both YHR Partners — the architect of the last two elementary schools, along with the upcoming one on 54th Street — and Zerr Berg Architects, who designed Liberty Middle School.
The Packers boys’ tennis team continued its dominant start to the season this weekend, despite Saturday’s West Fargo Invitational tournament being cut short due to rain.
The Packers girls' golf team has already teed off for the 2013 season, and they have a simple -- but challenging -- goal for the year. The team looks to build on the success they achieved last season, in which they finished third in the regional tournament and and sixth in the state tournament. "I was very pleased with last year's team," head coach Dan Wolf said. "We had a lot of inexperienced girls without much time in varsity competition."
The Aces capped off their season with a win over the Grand Forks Blues to capture the Junior Legion State Tournament on July 24-28 in Minot. The team was undefeated in the tournament, picking up victories over Mandan (5-1), Minot (11-1) and Bismarck (4-3) before beating the Blues 8-4 in the final game, in which a six-run third inning blew the game open in favor of the Aces.
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.