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The Packer boys basketball team split their week, falling to the Shanley Deacons 79-53 on Tuesday before beating the Fargo Davies Eagles 69-45 on Friday night. In Tuesday’s game, the Packers were overwhelmed by Shanley forward A.J. Jacobson, who scored a career-high 44 points. The Packers were led by senior guard Brady Rotert and senior center Derek Hogenson, who each scored nine points for the Packers. Friday’s game saw a stronger outing from the Packers. Hogenson scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the team.
The West Fargo girls’ basketball won both of their games last week, topping the Fargo Shanley Deacons 61-58 on Tuesday before beating the Fargo Davies Eagles 62-50 on Friday night to move into first place in the Eastern Dakota Conference. In Tuesday’s matchup, senior guard Christine Baltezore hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left to break a 58-58 tie and seal the victory for the Packers. Baltezore finished the game with 14 points and five rebounds.
After the fifth student death in less than two months, Superintendent David Flowers and representatives of the West Fargo School District held a conference to inform the community about the mood at West Fargo High School and what is being done to support its students and staff. “As everyone is aware, it has been a really tough year at West Fargo High School,” Flowers said. “Each death was a heavy blow to our tightly knit learning community.”
With an anticipated 320 new students coming to West Fargo elementary schools this fall, the West Fargo School Board elected to make changes that can potentially ease the process. In Monday’s meeting, the board unanimously authorized the administration to advertise for bids for the district’s next elementary school, which they are tentatively calling the “54th Street” Elementary School, set to hold 550 students and be completed in time for the 2014-2015 school year.
The West Fargo wrestling team continued its dominant ways over the weekend. They had five duals in Grand Forks in the span of two days, and won all of them. Their first dual was a 68-3 squash match of the Mandan Braves on Friday. Later that day, the Packers had their only close contest of the weekend, narrowly beating the Bismarck Demons 31-29. Saturday featured three routs. They beat the Minot Magicians 63-12 before beating the Willistion Coyotes 49-18 and taking down the Dickinson Midgets 56-15. Senior Preston Lehmann had a strong showing throughout the weekend.
With 11 games left in the regular season, the undefeated Packer girls' hockey team is showing no sign of slowing down. They beat the Fargo North Spartans 9-3 last Tuesday before trouncing the Mandan Braves 14-0 on Friday. The Packers were led by senior forward Hayley Walsh against the Spartans. She scored an impressive five goals - two of them short-handed - and assisted on two more to add seven points to her staggering season point total.
In Monday's meeting, the West Fargo City Commission reviewed their options as they relate to the Fargo Moorhead Diversion Project, which were laid out by City Administrator Jim Brownlee. The commissioners decided to continue monitoring the process, and did not vote on the topic. "I think we need to just continue monitoring the situation, and I think we will have a good handle on what's going on," West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern said. "This is a slow process.
In Monday's meeting, the West Fargo School Board gave its unanimous approval for the administration to advertise for bids for "Phase II" of the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center's expansion into a full high school. This stage of the expansion would add space for the fine arts and physical education program, including a 605-seat auditorium, practice space for various musical groups, locker rooms and a third gymnasium, including bleacher seating for 1,000 fans. "Phase I" of the expansion, which will be completed this fall, adds classrooms and other academic necessities to the building. The budget set
The West Fargo girls' basketball team had another great week, beating the Valley City Hi-Liners 68-47 on Tuesday, then besting the Fargo South Bruins 73-54 on Friday to win their sixth consecutive game. In Tuesday's game, junior guard Cassidy Thorson had 15 points and six rebounds, and the Packers had a 16-0 run in the first half to hand the Hi-Liners their first loss of the season. Not far behind Thorson was senior guard Christine Baltezore, who had 14 points and three steals, and junior forward Kaitlin Langerud, who had 10 points, six rebounds and made all six of her free throw attempts.
The Packers boys hockey team lost its fourth game in a row on Thursday night, falling to the Fargo South-Shanley Bruins 3-0. Despite out-shooting the Bruins by four shots on goal, the Packers were unable to find the back of the net on any shot. With no points scored by the Packers, the team leader was junior Bailey Varberg, who had 22 saves out of 25 shots faced, which is a save percentage of 88. Through 13 games so far, the team is led by junior forward Tyler Berginski, who has 12 points, consisting of five goals and seven assists.