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The West Fargo Patriots legion baseball team saw its season come to an end on Friday after two tough losses to Nebraska teams in the regional tournament in Fargo. The Pats started the tournament on Thursday against Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.), but struggled on defense, gave up 14 runs in the first two innings and lost 15-4 after seven innings. Things crumbled for the Pats in the second inning. Down 3-0 at the start, pitcher Kory Wolden started off by walking the first batter. The team then followed with two consecutive errors to load the bases.
The Fargo Soccer Club's U13 Sheyenne United team -- consisting of 18 girls, 16 of them from West Fargo -- found a great deal of success throughout the season, finishing with two tournament championships, two second-place finishes and a 17-6 record. "I think this is the finest group young ladies I've had the privilege of coaching," team coach Kelvin Daniels said. "They didn't win any championships last year, and they took it personally. They came out hungry and ready to go." The team managed to score 70 goals in their 23 games, while only giving up 18.
The West Fargo School Board unanimously approved a request Monday night for an additional elementary assistant principal to complement the one currently employed on a two-year contract that ends at the end of the upcoming school year. As a part of the request, the present elementary assistant principal will become a continuing position, and the two assistants will be shared among four elementary schools (two buildings each).
Much like the Packers in June, the Patriots were so close to successfully defending their 2012 state title, but fell just short. The team made it all the way to the championship game on Sunday, but fell to Fargo Post 2 and took second place in the state. The tournament began with a decisive 4-0 victory over Dickinson, in which pitcher Camran Bonnema threw a two-hit, nine-inning shutout with seven strikeouts.
The 9-year-old West Fargo Rattlers traveling baseball team followed its state championship victory a few weeks ago by winning the Midwest Regional Tournament in North Platte, Neb., on Sunday, July 28. "It really shows where baseball is heading," assistant coach Lenny Heupel said. "The talent level at age 9 is so much higher than it was a few years ago." The Rattlers went 2-1 in pool play, decisively beating teams from Kansas and Nebraska, but losing to a Missouri team in a close game. The results of those games earned West Fargo the No. 2 seed in tournament play.
The West Fargo Patriots finished the regular season strong, sweeping three doubleheaders against Fargo Metro, Wahpeton and Mandan in their final week. They started the week as well as any, with a pair of 7-0 victories against Fargo Metro on Tuesday. The first game saw a five-run third inning for the Patriots, complemented by pitcher Anjelo Shepherd's five-hit, complete game shutout. Shortstop Andy Young hit a solo home run - his 10th of the season - over the high fence in left field in the fifth inning to wrap up the scoring in the first game.
The West Fargo Packers girls' basketball team traveled to the Target Center in Minneapolis in late June, beating the Chaska Hawks 45-40 before watching the Minnesota Lynx beat the Tulsa Shock 88-79. "It was a great opportunity for the players and coaches to see how we are developing over the summer," head coach Barb Metcalf said. "In order to maintain a competitive edge it is important to play teams like Chaska. To go play a powerhouse team like that is a really good gauge to see how we're sitting. It really was the perfect trip."
The Fargo Area Scholastic Target Team (FASTT), the only clay target trap-shooting team in North Dakota, held its first state tournament at the Shooting Park in Horace on Saturday, July 20. The team is made up of 24 athletes - three girls and 21 boys - ranging between the ages of 12 and 18, and three coaches, with a group of parents and mentors helping out. While the majority of active participants are from West Fargo, the team also has members from Fargo, Horace and Harwood.
The West Fargo Patriots claimed three of the five games they have played since Thursday. The team started with two wins against the Williston Keybirds on Thursday by scores of 1-0 and 5-0. The team then lost to Eden Prairie, Minn., 9-3 on Saturday before splitting a doubleheader with Excelsior in Minnetonka Minn., on Sunday, winning the first game 4-1 and losing 8-4 in the second.
If local baseball fans are looking for talent, they do not necessarily have to follow the Packers and Patriots. A West Fargo Rattlers 9-year-old team, coached by Brian Borchardt, took home the state championship in Bismarck over this past weekend. The team got off to a strong start, besting Mandan 12-9 in the first round before overwhelming Minot 10-1 in the second. In the semifinals, the Rattlers topped Fargo 5-4, advancing to the finals to face Bismarck.