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The West Fargo Girls’ track team cleaned house in Friday’s Eastern Dakota Conference Indoor Championship meet, taking first in four events and finishing with 139 points, 50 points ahead of the second-place Shanley Deacons. The boys’ team finished second with 124.5 points, taking first in six events. The highlight for the girls’ team was senior Amanda Levin, who took first in the 60-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. The other first-place finish for the girls came from Christina Bruenjes in the triple jump.
It has been almost two months since the Packers wrestling team completed the North Dakota State Tournament with a state record 17 placers, three individual champions and their second consecutive team championship. Sophomore Weston Dobler took his first state title in the 145-pound weight class. Jordan Shearer, also a sophomore, won his fourth consecutive individual title at 126 pounds. Senior 182-pounder Preston Lehmann capped off his high-school wrestling career with a perfect 50-0 season and his third straight individual championship.
University of Minnesota wrestler and West Fargo High School alum Scott Schiller was named to the NCAA Division-I All-American team. During the D-I Championships on Saturday, March 23, Schiller took fifth in the 197-pound weight class, beating Iowa State ’s Kyven Gadson 6-2. He is the first wrestler from West Fargo to earn D-I All-American honors, and the first from North Dakota since 1997.
After the resignation of assistant superintendent Louise Dardis and less-than-stellar news from the Capitol that growing districts would not receive appropriate funding from the state, the West Fargo School Board unanimously approved a reorganization -- presented by superintendent David Flowers -- of the central administrative system. “We had anticipated -- and were hoping -- that the financial picture would be more supportive of growing districts like ours,” Flowers said. “We received 570 new students this year, and have yet to receive funding for them.
The Midcontinent Foundation, the charitable branch of Midcontinent Communications, donated a $2,400 grant to the West Fargo Fire Department on Tuesday, April 2. The grant, which was presented to department chief Roy Schatschneider by Midcontinent service manager Dean Berg, was written for the use to purchase a “Cutters Edge” saw. This saw is a specially designed saw that is made for fire department use.
Gender is not an issue for the Fargo Soccer Club’s Sheyenne United girls team. The girls entered the Jamestown Jimmy Classic Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16. After arriving and learning all of the girls teams had canceled due to worsening weather conditions, they agreed to play in the boys division. With wins over boys teams from across the state, the team finished undefeated, winning the championship title over Minot.
After a 33-2 season and a state title, the West Fargo softball team is returning to the field. Well, technically there are just in the gym for now, but there is little doubt they are ready for opening day. Last season, the Packers did not lose to a North Dakota team, and won an eight-inning, 1-0 nailbiter against Bishop Ryan High of Minot for the state championship. Since then, the team has lost five seniors, just enough to leave some uncertainty leading into this season.
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.