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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 Packers' tennis team hosted the annual West Fargo Invitational on Saturday, and came through with a 26-point, second-place finish. Only Grand Forks Red River's 33 points was better. The team also earned two individual first-place finishes, two individual second-place finishes and one doubles second place finish. "Most teams are not as deep as we are," head coach Chad Anderson said. "We are very fortunate in that way. It really gives us an advantage."
Despite a strong outing from junior Riley Johnson, the Packers golf team had a rough meet on Friday in Devils Lake. Johnson led all golfers with a score of 72, but the Packers finished sixth with a score of 330. Fargo Shanley took the top spot as a team, as well as the second-, third- and fourth-place finishes individually. In all three meets this season, Johnson has taken the top spot. In this meet, he was followed in scoring by eighth-grader Cole Johnson's score of 82 for the Packers and senior Chase Pulczinski's score of 91.
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In the spring of 2012, both the Packers' baseball and softball teams took home the North Dakota State Championships, but questions for the 2013 season arose for both teams, as the softball team lost five seniors and the baseball had a complete overhaul of its roster. The changeover does not seem to matter, however, as both teams are currently at or very near the top of the Eastern Dakota Conference standings.
The Packers’ track teams saved their strongest performances of the season so far for their home turf. Both teams took first place out of 10 teams. The boys finished with an overall score of 187 points and the girls ended with 198 points. The girls earned eight first-place finishes in the event, three of which came from junior Amanda Levin in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
The Packers’ softball team, who lost five seniors in the offseason, began its championship defense last week, and it will look to senior pitcher and leadoff hitter Jolene Woodbury to provide a level of consistency for a fairly inexperienced team. Woodbury is one of four seniors on the team, and one of two pitchers in the main rotation, along with junior Brittany Rheault. She also plays center field, but prefers pitching. “There isn’t as much action in the outfield,” Woodbury said.
The Packers' track teams were able to compete in their first outdoor meet of the season on Friday in Hopkins, Minn., where both the boys' (score of 827) and girls' (826.5) teams placed fourth out of five and six teams, respectively. The girls' team ended up with eight first-place finishes in the meet, three of which came from junior Amanda Levin. "I thought our kids came out and competed very well against the strong competition," head coach Darin McKinnon said. "It felt really good to get outside and have a meet rather than being stuck indoors.
The girls tennis team had a strong weekend in Bismarck, topping Bismarck Century 7-2 on Friday before splitting its Saturday matches. The team did suffer its first loss of the season, a 7-2 defeat at the hands of Bismarck St. Mary's, on Saturday morning, but came roaring back in the afternoon, beating Minot 8-1. The team's highlights came from junior Katie Baasch, who won all three of her singles matches and two of her doubles matches, alongside senior Brooke Christensen, over the weekend. The Packers will take on the Wahpeton Huskies tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
The Packers softball team's first two games against a North Dakota team were wildly successful, as they flattened the Valley City Hi-Liners 16-0 in the first game of their doubleheader and 15-0 in the second. Due to the overwhelming offense the team displayed, both games lasted only five innings each. Senior pitcher Jolene Woodbury was on the mound for both games and did not disappoint. She threw a one-hitter in the first game with seven strikeouts before a two-hit, eight-strikeout performance in the second game.