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The West Fargo Packers celebrated their homecoming on Friday night in style, running over the Williston Coyotes by a score of 53-0. The Packers, a team whose coach said the passing game is their greatest weapon, has won their second consecutive game primarily utilizing their ground game, as senior running back Preston Lehmann had 14 carries for 126 yards and two touchdowns, including a nine-yard touchdown run in the first half in which he barreled over two Coyote defenders. "If you can't run in the EDC you're not going to do well," head coach Jay Gibson said.
The Packers' tennis team hosted the 11th annual West Fargo Invitational on Saturday, featuring 16 teams from all over North Dakota, as close to home as Fargo South and as far as Dickinson High School. The Packers finished the tournament with nine points, which was good enough for sixth place. The highlight for the Packers came from eighth-grader North Knewtson, who finished third in his flight, beating Andrew Thompson of Grand Forks Central (6-4, 6-4) in the third place match. The tournament victory went to the Grand Forks- Red River Roughrider, who scored 35 points as a team.
Junior Ashley Bixby scored under 80 for the second time, and the Packers had their best score of the season in a fourth-place finish at the 10-team Red River Invitational at King's Walk Golf Course last Tuesday. On a windy, overcast day in Grand Forks, Bixby had her second-best performance of the season, shooting a 79 on the way to her third individual title of the season. The team as a whole scored a 378.
The boys' cross country picked up the victory at Fargo Shanley on Thursday with a team score of 44, while the girls finished second behind Fargo Davies with a score of 54. The boys were once again led by Darin Baltezore, who finished second with a time of 16:27. "Darin had another good race," head coach Joe Bailey said, "but the key to our team finish was having Austin (Albrecht), Nathan (Aswege) and Parker (Rosenau) finish within two seconds of each other and ahead of Davies second runner." Kody Coles rounded out the top five for the Packer boys with a time of 17.44. Jen Dufner set the pa
Senior setter Andrea Klug had 40 assists, and the Packers beat the Grand Forks-Red River Roughriders three games to one (25-20, 16-25, 25-11 and 25-20) for their second conference win of the season and their eighth win overall. The team totaled 45 kills, and juniors Amanda Levin and Courtney Suppa combined for 25 of them, getting 12 and 13, respectively. Senior Ashley Cambronne also impressed, tallying nine digs and three aces. In Saturday's match, the Packers took it to Devils Lake, winning in three straight games (25-16, 25-18, 25-15).
While I am not one for making puns, I have to say that the Packers swim team blew the Bruins out of the water, beating them 130-56 in Thursday's home meet. The Packers took 10 of the 12 events of the night, losing only the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Junior Danica Dutt was victorious in three events, taking first in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, as well as being a part of the 200 medley relay team that finished in just over two minutes. Freshman Emily Bourassa also won three events; the 500 freestyle along with being a member of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay.
In the West Fargo Soccer Invitational on Saturday, the Packers finished on top, winning both of their matches to tie for first with Fargo Shanley. The first match was a close one, as Zuheer Al Abase scored the only goal of the match to give the Packers a 1-0 victory over Bismarck-St.Mary's. Their second match was anything but close. Senior forward Lucas Miller had a hat trick in the first half, and forward Daniel Brown scored two goals of his own in the second half as the Packers cruised to a 10-0 win over Fergus Falls.
On Monday night, the West Fargo School Board unanimously decided to direct the administration to begin construction of another new elementary school on land purchased just east of the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center as soon as possible, with the targeted date of completion set for August 2014. This decision means that plans to relocate students to cope with increasing enrollment should be "as minimally disruptive as possible," during the next few years, according to superintendent David Flowers and business manager Mark Lemer.
The West Fargo School District will be hosting a community thank you and open house event at the newly opened Freedom Elementary School tomorrow evening from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Any interested member of the community is welcome to attend. Programs for the event will have a building blueprint in them, allowing community members to take a self-guided tour. Staff and students will be located throughout the building to assist anyone with questions they may have.
The Packers had two strong performances last week, beating the Roughriders of Grand Forks-Red River 4-1 on Tuesday before playing to a 1-1 draw with the unbeaten Fargo South Bruins on Thursday night. "The kids have had a really good week," Head Coach Doug Millar said. "I think we're going in the right direction." In Tuesday's match against Red River, the Packers came out somewhat frantic, but managed to collect themselves by the 10-minute mark. "We got kind of ragged in the first half, trying to send the ball long," Millar said.