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In Monday's meeting, the West Fargo School Board gave its unanimous approval for the administration to advertise for bids for "Phase II" of the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center's expansion into a full high school. This stage of the expansion would add space for the fine arts and physical education program, including a 605-seat auditorium, practice space for various musical groups, locker rooms and a third gymnasium, including bleacher seating for 1,000 fans. "Phase I" of the expansion, which will be completed this fall, adds classrooms and other academic necessities to the building. The budget set
The West Fargo girls' basketball team had another great week, beating the Valley City Hi-Liners 68-47 on Tuesday, then besting the Fargo South Bruins 73-54 on Friday to win their sixth consecutive game. In Tuesday's game, junior guard Cassidy Thorson had 15 points and six rebounds, and the Packers had a 16-0 run in the first half to hand the Hi-Liners their first loss of the season. Not far behind Thorson was senior guard Christine Baltezore, who had 14 points and three steals, and junior forward Kaitlin Langerud, who had 10 points, six rebounds and made all six of her free throw attempts.
The Packers boys hockey team lost its fourth game in a row on Thursday night, falling to the Fargo South-Shanley Bruins 3-0. Despite out-shooting the Bruins by four shots on goal, the Packers were unable to find the back of the net on any shot. With no points scored by the Packers, the team leader was junior Bailey Varberg, who had 22 saves out of 25 shots faced, which is a save percentage of 88. Through 13 games so far, the team is led by junior forward Tyler Berginski, who has 12 points, consisting of five goals and seven assists.
The middle-of-the-road season continues for the West Fargo boys' basketball team. They topped the Valley City Hi-Liners 80-49 on Tuesday, then fell to the Fargo South Bruins 80-58 on Friday night. In Tuesday's game, the team was led by junior Travis Schock's 21 points, making all five of his 3-point shot attempts. Senior Justin Heisler had 16 points and five rebounds. Schock also led the team on Friday with 16 points, with Heisler just behind him with 13.
West Fargo High School received a $10,000 endowment to support their local shooting team, West Fargo High School ROTC Program. The endowment was given through a partnership between the Midway USA Foundation and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) on Friday. The endowment will generate about $500 per year, which the team will use for ammunition, targets and other equipment needed for the program. "This year, we'll use the funds to outfit the weapons that we have," senior army instructor Douglas Trenda said. "They all need sights, they need cases and, obviously, more pellets and targets.
The West Fargo High School's graduating class of 1967 recently raised $2,000 that was then donated to the West Fargo Education Foundation. "The Class of 1967 was the first class to defeat a Fargo high school in any sport (the football team beat Fargo South)," West Fargo alum Jim Thompson said. "Now the Class of 1967 is the first class to donate to the West Fargo Education Foundation." After the class' 45th reunion in September, Jim Thompson was asked if he would interested in donating to the foundation.
Before Friday night, the West Fargo girls' hockey team had not played a game in two weeks, and they lost absolutely no momentum. They beat the Minot Magicians 8-0 on Friday night, then topped the Williston Coyotes 10-0 on Saturday afternoon to win their 10th consecutive game and remain undefeated on the season. The Packers started off strong in Friday's game, with junior forward Alison Springer scoring her first of three goals in the first two minutes of the game.
The Packer girls continue to roll, as they beat the Grand Forks-Red River RoughRiders 81-57 on Friday night. The team was led by senior guard Lexi Lennon, who dropped a game-high 30 points. Junior guard Cass Thorson scored 16 points of her own. Junior center Shelby Gustafson had 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Packers (4-1) will host the Fargo South Bruins Friday evening at 5:45 p.m.
The West Fargo boys basketball team dropped their second game of the season on Thursday, losing to the Grand Forks-Red River RoughRiders 68-51. The team was led by junior guard Tyler Schock who had 13 points. The Packers (4-2) will play Fargo South at home on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The West Fargo swimming and diving team took first in seven of 12 events and beat the Grand Forks KnightRiders 107-79 on Friday evening. The Packers got first place finishes in the 200 medley relay, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.