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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.
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.