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The West Fargo swimming and diving team took first in seven of 12 events and beat the Grand Forks KnightRiders 107-79 on Friday evening. The Packers got first place finishes in the 200 medley relay, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.
The Packers had a mixed bag of a weekend tournament in Fergus Falls, Minn. They beat Park Rapids 6-1 on Thursday before losing 5-3 to Monticello, Minn., on Friday and 5-2 against Fergus Falls on Saturday. In Thursday's game, the Packers were led by freshman defenseman Grant Ellenson and junior forward Jake Wasem, both of whom had a goal and an assist, and junior forward Tyler Berginski, who had three assists. Other goals came from forwards Lucas Miller, Blake Nelson, Derrick LaCoe and Brett Lessard.
Both the Packer boys and girls continued their hot streaks on Friday. The boys won their fourth straight game by beating Fargo North 77-44, while the girls topped the Spartans 64-48 for their third consecutive victory. The girls were led by senior guard Lexi Lennon, who scored a game-high 16 points, along with seven rebounds. Junior forward Cassidy Thorson was not far behind, scoring 14 points and pulling down nine rebounds.
For the second consecutive year, senior Preston Lehmann and sophomore Jordan Shearer took home the top spot at the annual "Rumble on the Red" tournament at the Fargodome this past weekend. The Packers as a team finished tied for first place out of 65 teams overall with Albert Lea, Minn., with 166.5 points. Because of this, the "Rumble" trophy will have to spend time at both schools over the next year. Lehmann, who took home the title at 182 pounds last season, pinned Minneota's Isaac Josephson in 1 minute, 15 seconds in the championship match.
West Fargo's girls basketball team proved why it was ranked first in preseason polls on Thursday, as they beat up on the Grand Forks Central Knights by a score of 72-47. The Packers built up a 21-point lead by halftime and did not look back in the second half, extending their lead to 25 by the end of the game. The girls were led by junior forward Kaitlin Langerud's 11 points and junior guard Amanda Levin, who had 10 points. Juniors Cass Thorson and Shelby Gustafson both tallied nine points for the Packers.
The Packers' girls hockey team topped the Detroit Lakes Lakers 6-1 on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to remain undefeated on the season. The team started off firing, scoring three goals in the first period and three in the second. "We came out pretty well," head coach Pat Johnson said. "We kind of took it easy in the third and stopped moving our feet, but it worked out." The team was led by junior defenseman Tori Holland, who had five points - one goal and four assists in the game - and senior forward Hayley Walsh, who had three goals and two assists.
The West Fargo wrestling team's winning ways continued last week, but it wasn't easy by any means. The Packers barely managed to squeak by the Moorhead Spuds by a score of 37-32 on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The story going into the dual was the possibility of defending North Dakota state champion Preston Lehmann facing off against defending Minnesota state champion Chase Morlock at the 195-pound level. However, Lehmann went down a weight class and wrestled Moorhead's Skyler Berry at 182 pounds, pinning him in 45 seconds.
This past April, the West Fargo High School, with assistance from the Packer Backers and a number of sponsors, installed a new, 8-foot by 9-foot state-of-the-art video board above the south gym entrance in the gym. It is the first of its kind in a North Dakota high school gym. After a full semester, the possibilities of its use - ranging from athletic to educational - are seemingly endless. "We've had a big push, nationwide and at the state level, to prepare students for the 21st Century," journalism teacher Jeremy Murphy said.
Dr. David Dobmeier, longtime dentist at Elmwood Family Dentistry in West Fargo, plans to retire from full-time practice, effective on Dec. 27. The Barnesville, Minn., native earned his undergraduate degree at Moorhead State College (now MSUM) before graduating from the University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry. After a few years stationed in Germany and Colorado Springs, Colo., he began his practice in West Fargo on Sept. 1, 1984. "The town of West Fargo was only about 4,000 people at that point, and everything south of 13th Ave. was empty," Dobmeier said.
Both the Packers boys' and girls' basketball team ended their first week of the season with a .500 record, as both teams lost to Fargo Shanley on Thursday before beating Devils Lake on Saturday. The state runner-up Packer girls fell to the Deacons 56-47, and beat the Firebirds 66-52. The boys lost to Shanley 75-56, then beat Devils Lake 65-56. In both games, the girls were led by senior guard Christine Baltezore, who had 10 points in the first game and 14 in the second. Senior Lexi Lennon had 13 points in the second game, junior Shelby Gustafson had 12 and junior Amanda Levin had 11.