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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The West Fargo Packers football team takes the field for its first regular season game at home against Bismarck this Friday night, and with a crew of 92 players, half of them sophomores, Coach Jay Gibson is happy with where his team is. "We have a really good group of players," Gibson said. "Many have done their prep work, I can tell. They are very fit.
There has been plenty of school-related news this summer. Freedom Elementary School is set to open, the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center is being expanded into a full high school and a new elementary school will most likely open just east of the Sheyenne Center in a few years.
After an impressive outing in the North Dakota state tournament, in which they won the title, the West Fargo Patriots' season came to an end this past weekend in the Central Plains Regional American Legion Tournament in Dickinson, N.D. In Thursday's game against Edina, Minn., the Patriots fought to the bitter end, being tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning before Edina's Nick Omodt ripped a walk-off base hit into center field to win the game 3-2. In their game on Friday morning against Brookings, S.D., the Patriots went against a tough pitcher in Matt Thomas, who struck out nine batter
In reviewing the budget at Monday's board meeting for West Fargo Public Schools, the board recognized that they have been "deficit spending" and are asking for help, via a resolution, from the North Dakota School Association. "When we went through the process of negotiating with our teachers and other staff last spring, we had talked about the impact on our budget for the long term," business manager Mark Lemer said, "and we knew that we were creating a situation, with the opening of all of our new schools and the staffing increases, that we were going to be in a deficit." At the moment, t