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For the second year in a row, the West Fargo PackersWrestling team topped Perham in the championship round of the annual Sertoma tournament to take the title on Saturday. The Packers faced Bismarck-St. Mary's in the first round, beating them 72-3. They then beat Turtle Mountain 57-16 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the team beat Bismarck Century 46-24, then beat Perham 52-18 in the finals to defend their title. The Packers also won the Sertoma in 2009, but finished second in 2010. The team will travel to Rochester, Minn., on Friday for a weekend tournament.
The Packers Boys' Hockey has been having a harder stretch than their female counterparts, dropping both games last week - first to the Grafton/Park River Spoilers 5-4 on Tuesday, then to the Grand Forks-Red River Roughriders 6-2 on Saturday. The Packers were led on Tuesday by junior forward C.J. Lenzmeier, who had a goal and an assist. Lenzmeier and senior Shawn Fladland scored the only goals for the Packers on Saturday, with assists coming from freshman Kody Coles and senior Brett Lessard.
Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars Cookies: 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups granulated sugar 4 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 5 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup crushed or chopped after-dinner butter mints Frosting: 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature ½ teaspoon peppermint extract Pinch of salt 4 cups confectioners' sugar 2 to 4 tablespoons milk Food coloring, if desired ½ cup crushed peppermints or candy canes 1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a large 11X17-inch rimmed baking sheet.
The West Fargo girls' hockey team had its second game of the season on Friday night, and earned its second blowout victory, topping Dickinson 14-0. The team was led by senior forward Hayley Walsh, who netted four goals - one of them short-handed - and one assist. Senior forward Chelsea Wangen was right behind Walsh, scoring three goals of her own and one assist. The rest of the Packers' goals came from Kelly Krahn and Paige Lazorenko - who scored two goals each. Maddy Nelson, Torri Holland and Allison Springer each scored one.
The West Fargo boys hockey team started Friday night's game against the Fargo North Spartans as well as one could hope, scoring two goals in the first 90 seconds. However, the Spartans came roaring back, notching a 5-2 victory over the Packers. The Packers' goals came from junior forward Tyler Berginski - who scored in the first 20 seconds of the game with assists coming from Blake Nelson and Derrick LaCoe - and senior forward Tyler Crouse, who scored 57 seconds later with assists going to Nelson and Wyatt Fretheim. Junior goalie Bailey Vareberg had 29 saves for the Packers.
The Packers wrestling team began its season last Tuesday and, so far, have shown nothing to suggest that this season will be any different from last year. The team hosted the Valley City Hi-Liners on Tuesday, beating them 64-10. They then traveled to Wahpeton on Friday to participate in the Dan Unruh Memorial Tournament, where they took first place as a team, scoring 290.5 points, 64.5 points higher than last year's first-place total.
No-Bake Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars Nonstick cooking spray 2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened 2 cups powdered sugar, divided 4 cups (roughly ½-inch pieces), broken small pretzel twists, divided 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels,divided LINE 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil leaving an overhang on two sides. Lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. BEAT 1 1/4 cups peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in 1 cuppowdered sugar.
The West Fargo School Board approved Monday night a request from district human resources director Robin Hill and special education director Mari Bell to approve the hiring of five new emerging needs paraprofessionals to aid students with special needs. All previously approved paraprofessionals have been assigned to student services as specified in the students' individualized education plans (IEPs). "We tried to make a projection (in the spring) in terms of the amount of paraprofessional support staff that we would need to hold in reserve for special education students - both newly identifi
With the NHL season most likely not happening this year and the nearest major college hockey program roughly 80 miles away, local hockey fans like myself can, and probably should, look to the West Fargo Packers hockey teams to get their fix. Both the boys and girls team started their seasons over the weekend, with the boys' team topping the Bismarck Demons 5-1 on Friday before falling to the Bismarck Century Knights 3-2 on Saturday, and the girls' team running over the Devils Lake Firebirds 12-0 on Saturday. In the boys' first game, the team was led statistically by senior forward Derrick La
Coming off a state championship with all but one of their starters returning for the season, the Packers wrestling team has been ranked first in the North Dakota Class A preseason coaches' poll. On top of that, 14 Packers have been ranked in the top six of their weight class, with three of them ranked first. Defending state champions Jordan Shearer and Preston Lehmann top the rankings in the 126-pound and 195-pound classes, respectively, along with junior Kollin Kragnes at 138 pounds. 132-pounder Trevor Kringlie, who will also be defending a state title this season, starts the season ranked