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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.
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.
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 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.