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Aaron Knodel, a Language Arts Teacher at West Fargo High School, was presented the 2013-14 West Fargo Public Schools' Teacher of the Year award by Assistant Superintendent Louise Dardis on Monday morning. "I was actually thinking about calling in sick today," Knodel said laughing. The Beulah, N.D., native has been teaching at West Fargo High School since the 2004-05 school year, spending two years a Shanley High School before that. He also coaches the Student Congress, as well as co-coaches the knowledge team.
NorthWest Professional Color recently purchased a state-of-the-art, 10-foot printer in an attempt to bolster the commercial aspect of their business, known as NorthWest Visual, which they opened over the summer. “We’ve been in business for 42 years now,” NorthWest’s president Arden Glanzer said.”It has slowly grown year after year, but now we are able to open to more markets (with NorthWest Visual).”
In November, the West Fargo Flyers Swim Club hired long-time swimmer and coach Badger Faison to take the reins as head coach. Faison has been involved in competitive swimming since he was 5 years old. Before coming to West Fargo, he coached teams – at the high school and club level – in Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina and Washington. He has coached 24 swimmers who have earned college scholarships, 18 All-Americans, two World-ranked swimmers, two state champions and three high school state championship teams.
After losing their first game of the season last week, the Packer girls hockey team came roaring back with two big wins. They beat the Williston Coyotes 10-0 on Friday, then topped the Minot Magicians 8-0 on Saturday. On Friday, the team got two goals from Rachel Monkman, Chelsea Wangen and Tori Holland. Hayley Walsh chipped in a goal in the third period and had three assists as well. Saturday’s game was highlighted by Kelly Krahn, who scored four goals.
The West Fargo boys swim team ended its regular season on Friday evening with a 116-70 defeat at the hands of the Fargo North Spartans. The Packers came up short in 10 of the dual’s 12 events. Their only first-place finishes came from sophomore Carson Keller who finished the 200m indiviual medley in 2:09.16, and senior Ethan Doll, who finished the 500m freestyle in 5:11.13. The team now has 10 days to rest up before the Eastern Dakota Conference Championship takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Fargo Davies High School.
The West Fargo boys hockey team finished the regular season with a win, but not before losing two earlier in the week. The Packers lost to Fargo Davies 4-2 on Tuesday night before being shut out by the Grand Forks-Red River Roughriders 6-0 on Thursday. They picked it up on Saturday to beat the Devils Lake Firebirds 3-0. The team was led on Tuesday by junior C.J. Lenzmeier, who had both goals for the team – both with a man advantage. Wyatt Fretheim, Alec Rowland and Logan Matzke eached earned an assist in the game.
The West Fargo wrestling team finished the regular season undefeated, and finished its first postseason tournament in a similar fashion. The Packers took first place out of nine teams with 302.5 points, over 100 points ahead of the second-place Fargo Davies Eagles. They also had 17 wrestlers qualify for the state tournament this weekend.
It was a tough week for both Packers basketball teams. The boys lost both of their games and the girls, despite beating Moorhead in non-conference play on Thursday, ended their 12-game winning streak on Saturday against Grand Fork-Red River.
The West Fargo School Board unanimously decided Monday night to accept the bid offered by Industrial Builders Inc. of West Fargo for the rehabilitation of the L.E. Berger Track, which will make it function more as a walking track instead of one designed for competition. Industrial Builders offered to do the necessary construction to the track for $104,600, along with an additional $5,000 to remove asphalt around the end zones. This total is about $14,000 more than the district had estimated, but was the lowest of the five bids considered.
The West Fargo wrestling team finished the regular season the same way it started: victorious. The Packers beat Fargo North 46-24 on Thursday and Wahpeton 58-18 on Friday to finish the season undefeated. The team had four victories by pin against the Spartans and one by a major decision to seal the win. In Friday’s dual, the Packers only lost three of their 14 matches – one by forfeit – to overwhelm the Huskies.