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The swim season came to an end over the weekend with a 173.6-point, fifth-place finish for the Packers. Senior Ethan Doll finished second in the 100 butterfly – with a time of 54.34 – and third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:01.10. Sophomore Carson Keller took fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.34 and sixth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.12. The two were named to the All-State first team.
The Packer girls are heading into the playoffs after a very successful regular season, and senior guard Christine Baltezore has been a focal point in that success. “She’s our ‘Energizer Bunny,’” head coach Barb Metcalf said. “I can’t say enough about her. She is one of the most unselfish players that I’ve ever coached.”
With two road wins last week, the West Fargo boys basketball team now control their own fate before playoffs begin next week. The Packers topped the Fargo North Spartans 49-42 on Tuesday before edging the Fargo South Bruins 64-58 on Friday. Senior Caleb Mattila had a big game against North, scoring 17 points and pulling down six rebounds. “What Caleb did well was take advantage of the opportunities he had,” head coach Greg Limke said. “He really was a key to our success.”
The Packer swim team had a strong outing in Saturday’s Eastern Dakota Conference Championship at Davies High School, scoring 404.5 points as a team but ultimately finishing second behind Fargo North’s 461 points. West Fargo took first in three events, with senior Ethan Doll playing a role in all of them. He finished first as an individual in both the 50 freestyle (with a time of 55.63) and the 200 individual medley (2:06.67). He also took first in the 200 medley relay as part of a team that included sophomores Carson Keller, Stephen Hulbert and Jarod Smith with a time of 1:42.97.
The West Fargo girls’ hockey team went into the North Dakota State Tournament with all of the momentum. They were the No. 1 seed, they hadn’t lost to a North Dakotan team all season and they had three of the top five scorers in the state. Then they met a freshman goalie who refused to let anything get past her. Despite having almost twice as many shots on goal as their opponent, the Packers were shut out by the No. 3 Bismarck Blizzard in a 4-0 state championship game.
They say patience is a virtue. If you want proof of that, watch the Packer girls play basketball. With time dwindling in the second half of last Tuesday’s game against Fargo North, the Packers found themselves down 51-49. No one panicked. No one threw up a bad shot. The team kept to their usual pace. Cassidy Thorson hit an open shot and the Packers went into overtime, where they pulled ahead and won 59-55.
West Fargo’s second high school is now set to begin its final stage of construction. The West Fargo School Board unanimously awarded bids Monday night for the second phase of the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center expansion, which includes the Fine Arts and Gymnasium areas of the soon-to-be Sheyenne High School.
The West Fargo Squirt B Choice team took on all comers and ended up in first place at the Warroad Squirt B Hockey Tournament on Feb. 8-10. On the first day of the tournament, the team beat Grand Rapids’ White team 10-3. They followed that up the next day with two easy wins, topping Warroad 20-1 before beating the Kenora Black team from Ontario 16-0. In Sunday’s championship game, the team bested Grand Rapids’ Orange team 9-4 to take home the gold. Other teams involved included Roseau, Minn., Baudette, Minn., and Grand Forks.
The Packer girls’ hockey team beat the Jamestown Blue Jays 5-1 on Friday’s Senior Night game, then topped the Dickinson Midgets 14-0 on Saturday for their 19th and 20th consecutive conference victories. The girls were led by senior Hayley Walsh in Friday’s game. She scored a goal in each period, along with an assist in the second. Alison Springer – who also had two assists in the game – and Tori Holland had the other two goals for the Packers. Saturday’s game was highlighted by Kelly Krahn’s four goals and one assist.
After letting its 12-game winning streak end against Grand Forks-Red River, the Packer girls basketball got right back into the swing of things last week, beating the Valley City Hi-Liners 67-46 on Tuesday before topping the Wahpeton Huskies 61-49 in overtime on Friday. The 14-2 West Fargo girls will take on the Fargo South Bruins on Friday evening at 5:45 p.m.