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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.