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The West Fargo Patriots claimed three of the five games they have played since Thursday. The team started with two wins against the Williston Keybirds on Thursday by scores of 1-0 and 5-0. The team then lost to Eden Prairie, Minn., 9-3 on Saturday before splitting a doubleheader with Excelsior in Minnetonka Minn., on Sunday, winning the first game 4-1 and losing 8-4 in the second.
If local baseball fans are looking for talent, they do not necessarily have to follow the Packers and Patriots. A West Fargo Rattlers 9-year-old team, coached by Brian Borchardt, took home the state championship in Bismarck over this past weekend. The team got off to a strong start, besting Mandan 12-9 in the first round before overwhelming Minot 10-1 in the second. In the semifinals, the Rattlers topped Fargo 5-4, advancing to the finals to face Bismarck.
The West Fargo School District has hardly broken ground on their upcoming elementary school -- and has not officially named it yet, simply referring to it as the 54th Street Elementary School -- but the School Board has already approved the construction of yet another elementary school, which will be built in time for the 2015-2016 school year.
The West Fargo Soccer Club has been finding ways to step out of its comfort zone to ensure everyone in the area that wants to be actively involved can be. The club has been working to help local new Americans - young athletes originally from Somalia, Nepal and other places around the world where soccer is the preeminent sport - with whatever they need to register and participate in the club in terms of finances, transportation and anything else necessary.
The West Fargo Patriots wrapped up another up-and-down week, in which they won four of their eight games. The Pats started the week strong with a 5-3 victory over Fargo Post 2 on Tuesday. In that game, pitcher Andy Young struck out seven batters in eight innings on the mound. They followed that victory with a hotly contested 4-3 loss, followed by a 9-7 win against Jamestown on Wednesday. Young hit a home run in in each game against Jamestown.
The West Fargo Summer Arts Intensive is set to take the stage and perform the Tony and Academy Award-winning musical, "Chicago." The cast and crew are will perform on the West Fargo High School stage in four performances - August 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and August 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Midway through the regular season, the West Fargo Patriots have had had plenty of success on both sides of the ball, and some of that success is due to two guys who have been out of town for most of the year. Jamestown College freshmen and Packer alums Andy Young and Landon Uetz, both 19, are still within the age limit to participate in Legion baseball and have returned to contribute at the plate, in the field and on the mound for the Pats. After a season of college baseball, both players agree it is a bit easier to return to Legion ball.
The West Fargo School Board unanimously agreed Monday night to enter into a contract with Public Financial Management, Inc. (PFM) to create an investment vehicle for the district's QSCB (Qualified School Construction Bond) sinking funds. The district will spend the next 15 years making yearly deposits to repay $5 million qualified school construction bonds, and will use PFM, more specifically their Asset Management group, to help determine if an investment strategy can be utilized to maximize interest earnings.
West Fargo native Kelvin Daniels was recently named director of girls coaching for the Fargo Soccer Club, which features a large number of young West Fargo athletes. Daniels has been coaching both recreational and competitive soccer for 23 years, including the past eight years in the West Fargo/Fargo area. He is the current administrator for the Girls Dakota Olympic Development Program for North Dakota and South Dakota.
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.