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After playing four games in five days at the Dave Ressler Field at Mandan Veteran's Memorial Ballpark, the West Fargo Patriots were to come home as state champions. The title came after they beat Fargo Post 2 on Sunday afternoon by a score of 11-8. The Patriots were led by shortstop Andy Young, who went 2-3 with a three-run home run, and catcher Tucker Bucholz, who went 2-4 with two doubles and five RBIs. Starting pitcher Landon Uetz pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and six earned runs, but it was enough to secure the win and the championship for the Patriots. Zach Steckler pitc
High school football practice begins today across North Dakota. Players will be strapping on their shoulder pads, forming their mouth guards, lacing up their cleats and taking to the field. There's just one problem with that. It's probably going to be hot. Since 1994, two to three football players have died from heat-related issues every year in this country. That is, until last year, when five players and one coach died due to searing heat during practice.
This past April, the West Fargo School Board passed a motion allowing senior citizens (age 60 or older) living within the school district to obtain a season pass for free, as opposed to the usual fee of $20. "While we know that many of our senior citizens are on a fixed income, we also know that they have always been some of our students' biggest fans." said Community Relations Coordinator Heather Konschak, "We are hopeful that this fee structure change will make it more financially feasible for them to attend." The pass will be good for all Packer athletic events, except for tournaments a
The West Fargo Patriots ended their American Legion regular season with a 7-6 loss to Grand Forks on Sunday night. The team was led statiscally by shortstop Andy Young, who went 3-for-5 with a home run and 4 RBIs.
The West Fargo White 9-year-old travel team won the State 9-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball Tournament, which took place in Minot from July 13-16. The team won five of their six games, three of those wins coming by at least four runs, and beat Bismarck twice in the championship games in the double-elimination tournament. In the first championship game against Bismarck, the team was down 5-2 in the last inning, but went on a six-run rally to win 8-6 and force an extra game.
The inaugural 81 on 81 Relay Race took place on Friday night and Saturday morning, with over 750 runners, myself included, participating in the event. The race, put on by Fargo Marathon Inc., was an 81-mile relay on Highway 81 from Newman Outdoor Field to Hillsboro, N.D., and back. The legs of the race varied in distance from six to 8 1/2 miles. The participants made up 92 teams, 58 of which consisted of six participants and 34 made up of twelve. The relay exchange points were mainly in towns along the highway, including Harwood, Argusville, Gardner and Grandin.
During their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, the West Fargo School Board approved the purchase of a plot of land, approximately 12 acres in size, along 40th Avenue. This land, which will cost roughly $30,000 per acre, is being purchased for the construction of a new elementary school for the district. Board members felt they are currently 'ill-equipped' for the long-term growth of the city south of I-94, and hope this new elementary school would help them cope with such substantial development. This new school would be located east of the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center.
With 10 teams representing the West Fargo Soccer Club and four teams representing the Tri-City Storm in the Fishback Classic soccer tournament on July 7 in Brookings, S.D., local teams were able to find some success. The West Fargo Renegades won the title in the U19 boys division, and the West Fargo United girls team finished second in the U15 division.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder made an appearance at Scheels on Thursday to sign autographs for 500 fans and promote North Dakota's College SAVE plan. Ponder, the 12th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, attended Florida State University, where he earned a degree in finance in 2 1/2 years and later earned an Master of Business Administration degree in sports management. "(In football,) you are one injury away from a career being ended," Ponder said. "To earn my bachelor's degree in finance and get my M.B.A.