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The West Fargo School District will be hosting a community thank you and open house event at the newly opened Freedom Elementary School tomorrow evening from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Any interested member of the community is welcome to attend. Programs for the event will have a building blueprint in them, allowing community members to take a self-guided tour. Staff and students will be located throughout the building to assist anyone with questions they may have.
The Packers had two strong performances last week, beating the Roughriders of Grand Forks-Red River 4-1 on Tuesday before playing to a 1-1 draw with the unbeaten Fargo South Bruins on Thursday night. "The kids have had a really good week," Head Coach Doug Millar said. "I think we're going in the right direction." In Tuesday's match against Red River, the Packers came out somewhat frantic, but managed to collect themselves by the 10-minute mark. "We got kind of ragged in the first half, trying to send the ball long," Millar said.
The West Fargo girls' golf team, led by junior Ashley Bixby, finished fourth out of 10 teams at the Fargo North Invitational at Edgewood Golf Course last Wednesday. Bixby, in what West Fargo coach Dan Wolf called an "off day" for her, tied for fifth out of 56 competitors with a score of 88. As a team, the Packers walked away from the course with a score of 405, bringing their season average to an even 400.
The Packers swim team went head-to-head with both the Fargo South Eagles and the Moorhead Spuds on Thursday evening and came out successful, topping Moorhead 96-88 before beating Davies 125-57. The match-up against Moorhead came down to the 400-meter relay, which the Packers won, but the newer program of Fargo Davies was no match for West fargo. Despite having no seniors, the Packers have been finding leadership elsewhere. "I'm not expecting anyone to be the leader, but a lot of girls have been stepping up, and that's great," head coach Marsha Dahl said.
The Fargo-Davies Eagles celebrated their homecoming on Friday night, but the Packers gave them no reason to celebrate, flattening the Eagles by a score of 41-7. "It was a big game," Packers' coach Jay Gibson said. "I'm hoping it's a boost in the arm." "Turnovers were huge for us," said Gibson, whose team pulled in three interceptions. "Whether you want to say they gave them to us or we took them away, it's a big deal." The highlight of the night came from senior defensive end Brody Mertz, who tipped an Eagles' pass into the air, caught it himself and ran it in for six points.
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.
The Packers' tennis team had a mixed bag last week, winning their only meet on Thursday before splitting their two meets on both Friday and Saturday, and then winning their meet Monday evening. In Thursday's match against Grand Forks-Red River, rain postponed singles competition and cancelled the doubles matches. In singles, the boys were shut out, losing 6-0 as a team. The first match on Friday against Williston saw a complete reversal for the Packers from the night before, as they shut out the Coyotes 9-0. The second Friday match against Bismarck Century was less successful.
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.
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.