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The Packers' cross-country teams continued this weekend what they have been doing all season, as the boys team beat all comers with a team score of 51 and the girls took second with a score of 54 at the Grand Forks Invitational meet on Saturday morning. Senior Darin Baltezore led the Packers again, finishing third in a field of 72 runners with a 5k time of 16:51. Austin Alrbrecht, Nathan Aswege and Parker Rosenau came in seventh, eighth and 11th, respectively, with times of 17:08, 17:09 and 17:14.
The West Fargo soccer team ended the regular season on a high note, beating the Moorhead Spuds 2-0 on Tuesday evening before beating the EDC-rival Fargo South Bruins 3-1 on Saturday. They end the season winning three straight matches and nine of the past ten. In Tuesday's match against the Spuds, the Packers were locked in a scoreless draw until almost 20 minutes into the second half, when midfielder Zuheer Al Abase shook three defenders and scored an unassisted goal. With just over three minutes left in the match, senior Lucas Miller scored off a cross from junior Abdi Gedi to lock up the
Coming off a loss against the conference-leading Fargo South Bruins, the Packers bounced back in a big way, drubbing the Fargo North Spartans 24-0 on Friday night. "It was a good game," head coach Jay Gibson said.
Before Friday night, the Packers had won three straight games and were undefeated in conference games. They had scored 121 points in those three games and given up only seven. And then they matched up against the Fargo South Bruins. The Bruins had two impressive scoring drives in the first quarter, and carried that momentum throughout the game in a 35-20 victory over the Packers. "(The Bruins) knew what they wanted to do," Packers' coach Jay Gibson said.
The Packers had a mixed bag of a week, beating the Valley City Hi-Liners 3-0 last Tuesday before falling to Fargo North 3-2 on Thursday. In Tuesday's match - in which West Fargo won with scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-20 - the Packers were led by senior Andrea Klug with 32 assists, along with two blocks and an ace. Senior Christina Bruenjes was also a major contributor with 10 kills.
After going the first three weeks of September without a loss, the West Fargo Packers finally dropped one, losing 2-1 to the Eastern Dakota Conference-leading Fargo Shanley Deacons last Tuesday, but responded quickly by shutting out the Grand Forks Central Knights 4-0 on Thursday night. The Packers went into their match against Shanley tied with the Deacons for first in the conference with 15 points (two points for every win, one for a tie) on the season. The Deacons started off strong, with forward Conrad Hager scoring a goal in the first minute.
The West Fargo cross country teams trekked about 170 miles this past weekend for a meet at the Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar, Minn., where the boys team placed third out of 11 teams with a score of 72 and the girls finished fourth out of 12 with a score of 127. "Overall we had a very good team effort," Packers' coach Joe Bailey said. "The course was very challenging and rolling with very little flat ground. It will make the rest of our courses seem easy." Senior Darin Baltezore set the pace for the boys' team once again, finishing in fifth place with a time of 17:14.9.
I realize that "midseason" is a bit misleading, what with the tennis, golf and soccer seasons winding to a close. However, since we are about halfway between the time I started discussing cross country and volleyball and the time I will start talking about basketball and hockey, I'm calling it midseason. If I had to use one word to best describe the fall season for the Packers as a whole, I would say consistent is the best choice. The perfect example of this is the girls' golf team, who has finished third or fourth in almost every meet this season.
The West Fargo School Board adopted an official logo for the district's new high school, the West Fargo Sheyenne Mustangs during their regularly scheduled Monday night meeting. An earlier version of the logo was previously shown to some staff, parents and students in the area of the current Sheyenne 9th Grade Center, which will complete its first phase of becoming a full high school in August 2013.
Triumph West Lutheran Brethren Church, which opened its facility on Sheyenne St. in December of 2009, is already growing out of its space and is building a 1200 square-foot addition off the southwest corner of their building. This new addition will be one large room, used primarily as an educational space.