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The Packers volleyball team had trouble setting up their offense last Tuesday, as they were swept by the Fargo North Spartans 3-0 (16-25, 24-26, 22-25). West Fargo was leading by seven to start both the second and third sets, but the Spartans came back on both situations with their impressive serves. Through the three sets, North notched 10 aces. The Packers were led by senior Christina Bruenjes, who had seven kills and three blocks. Junior Shelby Gustafson chipped in with six kills and Amanda Levin had four kills and 10 digs.
Senior running back Preston Lehmann had another strong night, and the Packers ended the regular season by flattening the Grand Forks Central Knights 44-6 on Wednesday night. Lehmann carried the ball 15 times for 204 yards - the seventh-highest total in school history - and three touchdowns. Shelby Schulz also had 10 carries for 97 yards. As a whole, the Packers had 372 rushing yards.
Seniors Brady Rotert and Lucas Miller were the two members of the Packers soccer team to be named to the North Dakota All-State Boys Soccer team. Rotert is one of three defenders to be a first team all-state selection. Midfielder Miller, with 22 goals on the year, earned second team all-state honors. Packers head coach Doug Millar showed pride in his players for earning this honor. "Team success comes from the combined efforts of individuals," Millar said. "Without the unselfish, high-energy efforts of Brady, we wouldn't have been as successful as we were in the midfield this season.
The Packers cross-country team braved the elements on Wednesday to earn a combined score (between the boys' and girls' teams) of 47. The teams went head-to-head with Jamestown, Wahpeton and Fargo Shanley in a shorter race, where the boys' teams ran a 4k and the girls ran a 3k. The girls had a fantastic run. Jen Dufner led all comers with a time of 11:39. Suzy Dullum, Brooke Grooters, Christine Baltezore and Alexis Young finished third through sixth, respectively, resulting in a score of 19 for the girls. The boys' team was on the same track.
West Fargo Public Schools Superintendent David Flowers has announced that Dr. Greg Grooters, the current principal at the Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center, has accepted the position as the first Principal of West Fargo Sheyenne High School. "I'm excited for this opportunity to set up a place where kids can find success," Grooters said. Grooters has a Master of Science Education degree from North Dakota State University and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota.
The Packers' cross-country teams continued their consistent ways, as the boys finished second (67), losing to Fargo Davies by just five points, and the girls finished third (81) in the Eastern Dakota Conference Meet at the Boise de Sioux Golf Course in Wahpeton on Saturday. "Both teams put forth a great effort on Saturday," head coach Joe Bailey said. "The top 20 were recognized as All-EDC. We had four in each division." The boys were led by senior Darin Baltezore, who was named the EDC boys' cross country athlete of the year.
The Packers' running game carried the load on Friday night, as they overwhelmed the Devils Lake Firebirds by a score of 52-6. Senior Preston Lehmann ran the ball 16 times for 126 yards and a West Fargo High School record five touchdowns, all in the first half. The previous school record of four touchdowns was held by seven different players between 1972 and 2009. "Getting five touchdowns is pretty special," Head Coach Jay Gibson said.
The Packers' season drew to a close over the weekend, as they finished fourth in the North Dakota State soccer tournament at Sid Cichy Stadium at Fargo South. In Thursday's quarterfinal match against Minot, the Packers got both of their goals from senior Lucas Miller and went on to win 2-1. The Packers fell to Bismarck Century 1-0 in the semifinals on Friday. "The reality was we had four losses on the season... and two were against century," Head Coach Doug Millar said.
The Packers had a strong week on the road, beating Wahpeton 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23) on Tuesday night before topping Fargo South 3-1 (25-10, 18-25, 25-19, 25-17) on Thursday. Junior Amanda Levin was the model of consistency last week, tallying 17 kills in each match.
In their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday night, the West Fargo School Board unanimously decided to accept a proposal from MBN Engineering to install classroom amplification systems in all elementary schools throughout the district. Similar amplification systems are already installed in the newly built Freedom Elementary School, and teachers seem to have been enjoying them. "(Feedback from Freedom's teachers) has been very, very positive," assistant superintendent Louise Dardis said.