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The middle-of-the-road season continues for the West Fargo boys' basketball team. They topped the Valley City Hi-Liners 80-49 on Tuesday, then fell to the Fargo South Bruins 80-58 on Friday night. In Tuesday's game, the team was led by junior Travis Schock's 21 points, making all five of his 3-point shot attempts. Senior Justin Heisler had 16 points and five rebounds. Schock also led the team on Friday with 16 points, with Heisler just behind him with 13.
West Fargo High School received a $10,000 endowment to support their local shooting team, West Fargo High School ROTC Program. The endowment was given through a partnership between the Midway USA Foundation and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) on Friday. The endowment will generate about $500 per year, which the team will use for ammunition, targets and other equipment needed for the program. "This year, we'll use the funds to outfit the weapons that we have," senior army instructor Douglas Trenda said. "They all need sights, they need cases and, obviously, more pellets and targets.
The West Fargo High School's graduating class of 1967 recently raised $2,000 that was then donated to the West Fargo Education Foundation. "The Class of 1967 was the first class to defeat a Fargo high school in any sport (the football team beat Fargo South)," West Fargo alum Jim Thompson said. "Now the Class of 1967 is the first class to donate to the West Fargo Education Foundation." After the class' 45th reunion in September, Jim Thompson was asked if he would interested in donating to the foundation.
Before Friday night, the West Fargo girls' hockey team had not played a game in two weeks, and they lost absolutely no momentum. They beat the Minot Magicians 8-0 on Friday night, then topped the Williston Coyotes 10-0 on Saturday afternoon to win their 10th consecutive game and remain undefeated on the season. The Packers started off strong in Friday's game, with junior forward Alison Springer scoring her first of three goals in the first two minutes of the game.
The Packer girls continue to roll, as they beat the Grand Forks-Red River RoughRiders 81-57 on Friday night. The team was led by senior guard Lexi Lennon, who dropped a game-high 30 points. Junior guard Cass Thorson scored 16 points of her own. Junior center Shelby Gustafson had 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Packers (4-1) will host the Fargo South Bruins Friday evening at 5:45 p.m.
The West Fargo boys basketball team dropped their second game of the season on Thursday, losing to the Grand Forks-Red River RoughRiders 68-51. The team was led by junior guard Tyler Schock who had 13 points. The Packers (4-2) will play Fargo South at home on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.