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The Packers baseball team was not to be outdone by the softball team. They also claimed the Eastern Dakota Conference title over the weekend, earning it through three close victories. The Pack edged past Fargo South 2-1 on Thursday before topping the Fargo North Spartans 6-5 on Friday and ultimately beating the Shanley Deacons 4-1 to take the title. "We played hard all weekend," head coach Brett Peterson said. "We didn't swing the bats particularly well, but our pitchers came through for us. They were really the deciding factor for us. They kept teams off balance."
In an eventful week for Packers sports, the softball team stood out amongst the rest, winning their three games -- all of them by a wide margin -- to claim the Eastern Dakota Conference championship. The Packers overwhelmed the Grand Forks Central Knights 17-0 on Thursday, then beat the Devils Lake Firebirds 10-0 before topping the Valley City Hi-Liners 8-0 on Saturday to take the EDC crown. While scoring 36 runs in three games would normally be the main key to success, it was the team's pitching that stood out in the conference tournament.
Recent West Fargo High School graduate Mark Staples is taking a big leap this fall, as he leaves his family's Harwood farm and goes to the nation's oldest and most prestigious university. Mark, the son of Les and Brenda Staples, could have gone to several top-notch universities, but ultimately decided to become one of roughly 2,000 graduates around the world to join Harvard University for the Fall 2013 semester.
The Packers tennis team wrapped up the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament with a second-place team finish. They beat the Fargo South Bruins and the Valley City Hi-Liners-- both by a 4-1 score -- before falling to the Grand Forks Red River Roughriders 5-0 in the EDC championship match. Along earning second place as a team, Packers junior Sammie Smith has earned a berth in the individual state singles tournament. She is the No. 3 seed from the east, and will face Williston’s Keyenna Enget in the first round.
<p>The West Fargo track teams -- both the boys and girls -- put on a dominant display over the weekend and brought home the Eastern Dakota Conference championships.</p> <p>The boys earned five first-place finishes en route to an overall score of 210.5 points, 57.5 points ahead of the second-place Grand Forks Red River Roughriders.</p> <p>The girls -- with six first-place finishes -- earned a team score of 196 points, 74.5 points ahead of runner-up Fargo South.</p> <p>“I was very proud of the
The Packers' strong season has continued over the past week, as they have won five out of six games since Tuesday, May 14. In Tuesday's doubleheader, the Packers fought the intense wind and powered past the Fargo Davies Eagles 18-9 in the first game, but fell to them 12-9 in the second. Leading the first game was senior outfielder Kory Wolden, who had four runs batted in in the victory. The team then hosted the Fargo Shanley Deacons for a Thursday night doubleheader and swept them with scores of 5-2 in the first game and 7-3 in the second.
The West Fargo School District's 12 retirees are taking with them 278 years of service in the school system. Of those 12, eight of them were in the district for over 20 years, and four of those over 30. South Elementary second grade teacher Sandra Johnson has had the longest tenure among the retirees. She was hired on Sept. 1, 1975, giving her 38 years of experience in the district. A full list of school district retirees, which includes their final position, working location, and years of service, is as follows:
On paper, the Packers' girls soccer team had a fantastic season, losing just one game and playing to two draws. However, when your regular season takes place in a span of two weeks in a conference with plenty of tough teams, that fantastic season unfortunately equates to only a No. 4 seed come playoff time. Despite that, the 4-1-2 Packers are happy with their performance in 2013. "I thought we've played really well," starting goalkeeper and captain Amy Archibald said. "We stayed strong as a team and held our own in both halves of the season."
The Packer track teams’ Friday outing at the East-West Classic in Grand Forks saw a 226.5-point, first-place finish from the girls, while the boys team took fourth with 103 points. The boys ended with three first-place finishes, two of which came from senior Jordan Bishoff in the long jump and high jump. The other came from senior Caleb Mattila in the javelin throw.
The West Fargo School District announced on Friday that Beth Slette has been named assistant superintendent of elementary curriculum and instruction and Allen Burgad has been named assistant superintendent of secondary curriculum and instruction. Slette, who currently serves the district as Director of Assessments and Federal Programs, has spent the last 19 years in the district, both on the educational and administrative side.