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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.
This past April, the West Fargo High School, with assistance from the Packer Backers and a number of sponsors, installed a new, 8-foot by 9-foot state-of-the-art video board above the south gym entrance in the gym. It is the first of its kind in a North Dakota high school gym. After a full semester, the possibilities of its use - ranging from athletic to educational - are seemingly endless. "We've had a big push, nationwide and at the state level, to prepare students for the 21st Century," journalism teacher Jeremy Murphy said.
Dr. David Dobmeier, longtime dentist at Elmwood Family Dentistry in West Fargo, plans to retire from full-time practice, effective on Dec. 27. The Barnesville, Minn., native earned his undergraduate degree at Moorhead State College (now MSUM) before graduating from the University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry. After a few years stationed in Germany and Colorado Springs, Colo., he began his practice in West Fargo on Sept. 1, 1984. "The town of West Fargo was only about 4,000 people at that point, and everything south of 13th Ave. was empty," Dobmeier said.
Both the Packers boys' and girls' basketball team ended their first week of the season with a .500 record, as both teams lost to Fargo Shanley on Thursday before beating Devils Lake on Saturday. The state runner-up Packer girls fell to the Deacons 56-47, and beat the Firebirds 66-52. The boys lost to Shanley 75-56, then beat Devils Lake 65-56. In both games, the girls were led by senior guard Christine Baltezore, who had 10 points in the first game and 14 in the second. Senior Lexi Lennon had 13 points in the second game, junior Shelby Gustafson had 12 and junior Amanda Levin had 11.
The Packers girls' hockey team continued its winning ways last week, topping Fargo North 7-1 on Tuesday at the John E. Carlson Coliseum before beating Fargo South-Davies 4-3 at Scheels Arena on Saturday for their sixth straight victory to start the 2012 season. In Tuesday's game against the Spartans, forwards Kelly Krahn and Chelsea Wangen each had two goals. Krahn also had an assist on a goal scored by Hayley Walsh in the second period. Goalie Andrea Klug had 14 saves in Tuesday's competition.
The Packers boys' hockey team had a solid week, winning against Grand Forks Central 6-3 on Tuesday and then beating Fargo South-Shanley 3-1 on Saturday. Down 1-0 after the first intermission against the Knights, the Packers rallied, scoring three goals in the second period and another three in the third to seal the victory. The team was led by seniors Blake Nelson and Logan Matzke, both of whom had a goal and an assist. Goalie Bailey Vareberg had 28 saves against the Knights.
The Packers wrestling team traveled to Rochester, Minn., over the weekend to take on some of the best teams in the nation - including St. Michael-Albertville and Apple Valley - in the Rochester Christmas Tournament, and finished sixth as a team with a score of 160.5. Highlighting the event for the Packers was senior Preston Lehmann, who took first place in the 182-pound division. Sophomore Jordan Shearer finished second in the 126-pound class, and sophomore Weston Dobler took third at 145 pounds.
The West Fargo school district, and the community as a whole, was struck with overwhelming tragedies late last week, as the West Fargo High School lost three members of its student body. Sophomore Tessa Miller passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning at Essentia Hospital in Fargo. The following morning, junior Ian Alves died at 8:45 a.m.at Sanford Health in Fargo, after an 18-month battle with two forms of terminal cancer. Both Miller and Alves were 16 years old. Also on Friday, 18-year-old senior Levi Schulz died of injuries he suffered in a vehicle accident. According to Assistant West