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The West Fargo Police Department was on the scene at Freedom Elementary School Wednesday afternoon after three threatening phone calls were made which claimed a man would possibly “shoot up the school.” In response to the threats, the school went into lockdown. “The Freedom faculty did an outstanding job implementing the procedures and following their training,” principal Jeff Johnson said in a newsletter to parents. “It is also imperative for us to thank local law enforcement and our district personnel for their help and guidance.”
University of Minnesota sophomore wrestler and West Fargo alum Scott Schiller finished second the 197-pound class in the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championship on Saturday. Schiller – who was a three-time state champion for the Packers – is the first NCAA Division-I qualifier and Big Ten finalist ever to come out of West Fargo High School. In the championship match, Schiller fell to defending champ Quentin Wright of Penn State University, by a 5-3 decision. The Gophers finished second as a team behind Penn State with a score of 139 points.
The Packer girls’ week wasn’t quite as good as that of the boys, but they are still heading to the state tournament. The girls trounced the Valley City Hi-Liners 66-44 in the first round of EDC play on Tuesday. They then met Fargo North in a tough contest, but won 62-54 with their tough defense and clutch shooting. “We go by the fact that everything flows from our defense,” senior guard Jolene Woodbury said. “That leads into our offense.” “It was a matchup of two athletic, hard-nosed teams,” head coach Barb Metcalf said, “and we persevered.”
For the first time in three years, the Packers are going into the state tournament as the No. 1 seed from the east. “We’re excited to make it to state,” head coach Greg Limke said. “That was our goal from the start.” West Fargo won three close games against Fargo South, Grand Forks-Red River and Fargo Davies last week to earn the Eastern Dakota Conference Championship.
Social studies teacher Ross Richards will become Sheyenne High School’s first Activities Director. “I’m really excited about the opportunity,” Richards said. “This is something that I have wanted to do for a number of years with my experiences in West Fargo, and I think any time you get a chance to be part of the beginning of something, it is a unique opportunity.”
A fundraising event has been set for Tuesday at the Cheney Middle School gymnasium in support of the family of freshman Charley Weber. The event includes a “Chuck It” dodgeball tournament, food, a silent auction and inflatable games from Games Galore. Weber - along with his friend, Dustin Stedman - was in a serious snowmobile accident on New Year’s Eve, in which Charley suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Firestone Complete Auto Care, one of the largest automotive retailers in the world, has opened a new location at 1201 9th St. E. in West Fargo. “This is a great location,” managing partner Mark Friez said. “We have been very busy.” The full-service auto repair center quietly opened its new building — one of 2,600 Firestone locations nationwide — in mid-February, with a grand opening celebration tentatively planned for May.
Superintendent Dr. David Flowers announced Monday that Jennifer Fremstad has been hired as the new principal of West Fargo High School, effective July 1. Fremstad, a Courtenay, N.D., native who currently serves as an assistant principal at Fargo South High School, will take the reins from Gary Clark, who stepped in as interim principal at the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
The Packer girls ended the regular season with a 64-44 win over the Fargo Davies Eagles on Thursday evening. “We stepped it up defensively and made them antsy,” junior guard Cassidy Thorson said. “We’re feeling good going into the postseason. We’re getting all of our players back and getting into a rhythm.” Center Cassidy Nelson led the team with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Jolene Woodbury was close behind with 13 points.
The Packer boys had three players score in double digits and had an 11-point lead early in the second half, but that wasn’t enough to top the Fargo Davies Eagles, who ended up winning 60-57, on Thursday night. Center Derek Hogenson managed to score 19 points, and forwards Justin Heisler and Travis Schock scored 17 and 15 points, respectively. However, the rest of the team managed a combined effort of just six points and the Eagles, who also had three double-digit scorers, scored 25 points off Packer turnovers.