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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.
The Packer boys’ hockey team saw its season come to an end on Thursday with a 7-1 loss to the Grand Forks Central Knights in the consolation semifinals. “We took it to them early,” Co-head coach Tim Capouch said, “but we made some mistakes down the stretch.” Senior Wyatt Fretheim had the lone goal for the Packers, with the assist coming from senior Derrick LaCoe. Senior goalie Bailey Vareberg stopped 23 shots on goal. At the end of the season, the team was led by juior Tyler Berginski, who had seven goals and 12 assists in 23 games.
The West Fargo Packers ended this weekend’s North Dakota State Wrestling Tournament, like most other events this season, with a dominant performance at the Fargodome. The team won the State championship for the second year in a row with an overall score of 232.5, just under 30 points ahead of the runner-up Bismarck Demons.
In the West Fargo High School Theatre’s most recent production, “Crazy For You,” students sing and dance to the music from two of the most well-known composers of the 20th century: George and Ira Gershwin. The high school cast and crew put on their first performances of the Tony Award-winning play this past weekend, but there is still a chance to see it on Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m., or on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.