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The West Fargo Packers cross country team had another solid outing at the Becki Wells Invitational in Dickinson, N.D., on Saturday morning. The girls' team took third out of 22 teams with a score of 103. The boys, on the other hand, finished fourth out of 15 teams with a score of 115. The Packer girls were led by eighth-grader Jen Dufner, who had a time of 15:21.00. Sophomore Suzanne Dullum was next among the girls' team with a time of 16:11.00. The boys were led by senior Darin Baltezore, who ran his 5k in 16:40.00.
Faith Lutheran Church, located on Second Avenue, is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for its new location, Journey in Faith, on 40th Ave., during its "Rally Day" celebration on Sunday morning. The event will begin with a worship service at the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center at 10 a.m. There will be only one service that day, as opposed to the usual three services.
On paper, Thursday night's volleyball game between the West Fargo Packers and the Fargo Shanley Deacons certainly looked like a blowout. The Deacons topped the Packers in three straight games by scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-22. Shanley combined for 10 aces. West Fargo had none. Three Deacon players combined for 32 digs.
By Daniel Determan The West Fargo Packers' and Sheyenne Mustangs' 9th grade volleyball teams were sharing a bus and acting as cheerleaders for each other just over 10 days ago in a weekend tournament. Eight days ago, the Packers beat the Mustangs 2-0 at the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center in the first ever sporting event between the two West Fargo schools. The Packers took the first game by a score of 25-11 before winning the second by a score of 25-18. "The girls got to play at their school against some of their friends," Mustang Coach Jenna Green said.
The Packers cross country teams had an impressive meet on Thursday in Wahpeton, as the boys team took second behind Fargo Davies and the girls, less than a week after topping two-time state champions Davies, took third behind Davies and Fargo South in a 13-team meet. The boys finished just over a minute behind Davies, with an average 5k time of 17:22.98. The girls finished just under two minutes behind Davies and 27 seconds behind South, with an average 4k time of 16:36.35. "We have a very good group of runners," head coach Joe Bailey said.
Conrad Hager scored two goals to push Fargo Shanley past West Fargo 2-1 in Eastern Dakota Conference boys soccer Thursday. The Packers had some issues in the first half, unable to gain any momentum. "The boys realized how big this rivalry is," head coach Doug Millar said. "I think we were just so keyed up in the first half, we came out almost in a coma." Millar talked about the dramatic shift the team made in the second half. "You could tell we were kind of bummed at halftime," Millar said.
The Packers football managed to get some points on the scoreboard, but gave up the same amount as the week before in a 29-15 loss to the Bismarck Century Patriots. The loss bring the Packers to 0-2 on the season, while the Patriots moved to 1-1. The team relied heavily on its passing game and, to an extent, found some success through the air. Senior quarterback Nick Roehrich threw for 207 yards, two deep touchdowns to senior receivers Chaz Gunderson and Jamie Heinen, and two interceptions. The rushing game sputtered for West Fargo, as the team combined for just 41 yards rushing.
Last fall, the Bismarck Demons went 11-1 and claimed the North Dakota Class 3A State Championship. In the season opener against the West Fargo Packers on Friday night, the Demons, with 19 of the 22 starters on the team returning from last season, showed everyone how they did it: with hard-nosed defense. West Fargo had serious trouble getting off the line, amassing just 44 total yards from scrimmage and allowing the quarterbacks to be sacked eight times, and fell to Bismarck by a score of 29-0. "Bismarck is a really good team," Packers head coach Jay Gibson said.
It will be nearly three years before the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center's expansion into a full high school will be complete, but as of right now, they are officially known as the Mustangs. The first athletic team to play under the "Mustang" moniker, the 9th Grade volleyball team, competed on Saturday in Jamestown Jamboree tournament. In this tournament, the Mustangs went 1-2-1 in four two-set matches. In their first match, the Mustangs lost to Bismarck by scores of 16-25 and 22-25. The second was chalked up as the Mustangs first victory, as they beat Jamestown 27-25 and 25-21.
Freedom elementary opened its doors to its first group of students on Thursday, and on its first day, it was already filled past capacity. The school was built for 550 students, but it catered to 565 students on Thursday morning. "We are thrilled with this new space, and we are very grateful to the voters in May of 2011 for giving approval so we could construct this building," District Superintendent David Flowers said in a press conference on Thursday.