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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.
The West Fargo School District has hardly broken ground on their upcoming elementary school -- and has not officially named it yet, simply referring to it as the 54th Street Elementary School -- but the School Board has already approved the construction of yet another elementary school, which will be built in time for the 2015-2016 school year.
The West Fargo Soccer Club has been finding ways to step out of its comfort zone to ensure everyone in the area that wants to be actively involved can be. The club has been working to help local new Americans - young athletes originally from Somalia, Nepal and other places around the world where soccer is the preeminent sport - with whatever they need to register and participate in the club in terms of finances, transportation and anything else necessary.
The West Fargo Patriots wrapped up another up-and-down week, in which they won four of their eight games. The Pats started the week strong with a 5-3 victory over Fargo Post 2 on Tuesday. In that game, pitcher Andy Young struck out seven batters in eight innings on the mound. They followed that victory with a hotly contested 4-3 loss, followed by a 9-7 win against Jamestown on Wednesday. Young hit a home run in in each game against Jamestown.