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A benefit for freshman Charley Weber was held on Tuesday, March 19, at Cheney Middle School. Weber – along with his friend, Dustin Stedman – was in a serious snowmobile accident on Dec. 31, in which Charley suffered a traumatic brain injury. Charley returned to school for the first time for a half-day last week.
For the past two weeks, Michelle Strand’s physics students at West Fargo High School have been learning the physics of fluids and what is necessary to float a boat. Working in teams, the students constructed boats out of cardboard that two members of each team raced down and back across the L.E. Berger Pool for the inaugural Cardboard Boat Regatta on Monday evening. There were 26 teams in the event. Some teams made it across the pool, and some sank almost immediately.
University of Minnesota wrestler and West Fargo High School alum Scott Schiller was named to the NCAA Division-I All-American team. He is the first wrestler from West Fargo to earn D-I All-American. In Saturday’s NCAA Division-I Championship tournament, Schiller finished in fifth place in the 197-pound weight class, beating Iowa State University’s Kyven Gadson by a 6-2 decision.
The West Fargo track teams had another strong performance in Friday’s State Class A indoor meet at NDSU. The girls finished second out of 14 teams with a score of 82.83 and the boys took fourth with 54 points. The Packer girls earned 14 top-five finishes in various events, including a first-place finish from senior Christina Bruenjes in the triple jump. The boys had eight athletes finish in the top five.
Despite the piles of snow and frigid temperatures, my calendar is telling me that Spring has begun, and with it comes a fresh batch of new Packer sports to enjoy. Perhaps the most interesting of those will be the West Fargo baseball team, who went 33-5 overall last season and won their first state championship. However, last season’s team heavily relied on 10 seniors, and are going into the 2013 season with little varsity experience.
By Daniel Determan The West Fargo School Board unanimously approved professional staffing requests for the 2013-2014 school year, which call for the hiring of roughly 50 full-time employees, including 12 elementary-level teachers, to cope with the anticipated growth in enrollment as well as to open Liberty Middle School and an expanded Sheyenne High School. “We consider that a conservative request,” human resources director Robin Hill said. “We will likely need more.”
The spring season took off for Packer sports on Friday evening, with boys’ and girls’ track team having a strong outing in their first meet: the Cobber Invitational at Concordia College. The girls finished in first place out of five teams with a score of 161 points and the boys took second, behind Fargo Davies, with 174 points. “I was very pleased with the way we competed as a team,” head coach Darin McKinnon said. “Our kids took advantage of the good competition and performed well.”
After a strong outing the previous week and an EDC Championship victory, the Packer boys went into the state tournament with the No. 1 seed and a full head of steam – and quickly stalled. In their first tournament game against the Bismarck Demons on Thursday, the Packers made just four of 21 shots in the first half, and found themselves in a 36-13 deficit at halftime. They managed a 22-4 run in the second half to pull themselves to within five points, but fell back again, losing by a score of 57-42.
The Packer girls’ season came down to the exact same situation as last season and, sadly, ended the same as well. The team plowed through the competition to make it to the state championship game but once again fell to the Bismarck Century Patriots on Saturday by a score of 73-39. “(The Bismarck Century coaching staff) told me that was the best game they had played all year,” Packers head coach Barb Metcalf. “I’m not sure there was anything we could have done differently.”
After 34 years within the West Fargo School District, assistant superintendent Louise Dardis will resign from her position on April 5 and begin working with schools across the state. She - along with her husband, Bernie, and two grown sons, Patrick and Daniel - has been a part of the district since 1979. Dardis began her career in West Fargo as a teacher at Harwood Elementary School. Four years later, she served as a teaching principal at Horace Elementary School.