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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.
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.”