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The Packers wrestling season does not begin until the end of the month, but the team has already earned a promising achievement, as they have been ranked 50th in the nation, according to InterMat Wrestling's "Fab 50" rankings. The reigning state champions finished the 2011-2012 season with a record of 21-0 and had three individual state champions, all of whom are returning for this season. The Packers are the only team in North Dakota in the "Fab 50." InterMat Wrestling also ranked senior Preston Lehmann eighth in the nation in the 195-pound division. Lehmann ended last season with a recor
The Packers swim team wrapped up their 2012 season over the weekend on a positive note, as they took first in two events and fourth overall in the North Dakota State Meet. The highlight of the event for the Packers 200 freestyle relay team - consisting of Brianna Faul, Julissa Johnson, Danica Dutt and Hallie Peterson - taking first place with a time of 1:39.9. "They were just awesome," head coach Marsha Dahl said. "They set a new team record, and were just shy of the state record." Dutt also took first place - for the second time - in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.09.
The Packers' volleyball team ended the regular season on a high note, as they beat the Fargo South Bruins in five games (25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-10) on Thursday night. The Packers were led by seniors Christina Bruenjes - who had 15 kills and three blocks - and Andrea Klug - who had 38 assists (more than the entire Fargo South team), eight digs, three kills and two aces. Juniors Amanda Levin and Courtney Suppa both chipped in with 11 kills.
The Packers swim team had some impressive outings, including a record-breaking run, en route to team score of 463 and a second place finish, behind the Fargo North Spartans' score of 545, in the Eastern Dakota Conference meet at Fargo Davies High School on Saturday. "North really is the team to beat in the conference," Packers' coach Marsha Dahl said.
The Packers' cross-country season has come to an end, and the team had two runners earn North Dakota All-State honors at the October 27 meet in Dickinson: senior Nathan Aswege and eighth-grader Jen Dufner. In his last high school cross-country meet, Aswege led the Packers' boys team with a time of 16:45.08, finishing 15th out of 157 runners. "Nathan was determined to run his best race at state as a senior," head coach Joe Bailey said. "He went out strong and had a great finish.
The Packers' football season came to an end on Friday, as they lost 22-8 to the defending state champion Bismarck Demons in the State semifinals. "We played extremely well," head coach Jay Gibson said. "We were moving the ball, but we just couldn't finish." The first half ended in a scoreless tie, with the Packers mustering just 64 offensive yards and the Demons getting 76.
The West Fargo High School Theatre will begin its season with the Midwest regional premiere of "Marathon '33" on Friday. They are just the second group in the nation to perform this show. "Marathon '33" depicts a four-month dance marathon in 1933. Dance marathons were a wildly popular fad during the Great Depression. "They really were precursors to reality TV," director Adam Pankow.
The Packers volleyball team promoted its "Dig for the Cure" campaign on Thursday night in support of breast cancer awareness, and did not disappoint. They beat the Fargo Davies Eagles 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-18). As part of their "Dig for the Cure" campaign, both teams wore pink - the Eagles wore a lighter shade to avoid confusion - as did most of the fans in attendance. The Packers were led by juniors Amanda Levin and Shelby Gustafson, both of whom had earned 13 kills and an ace.
Senior running back Preston Lehmann carried the load once again, and the Packers topped the Minot Magicians 21-14 in the first round of the playoffs. "It was a good game," Packers coach Jay Gibson said. "We did a nice job up front, and when they made a mistake we took advantage.
West Fargo resident Tianna Daniels, who plays for the Fargo Soccer Club, recently took third place at the Ford Escape Regional Soccer Challenge in Blaine, Minn. She was also invited to join the renowned soccer program at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn., and will play for its U13 team during the winter months. She is the only girl from North Dakota to receive this honor. Tianna, 11, lives in West Fargo with her parents Kelvin, who also coaches her for the Fargo Soccer Club, and Teri Daniels, along with their dog, Lilly, and guinea pig, Bert.