West Fargo's offense outscored Bismarck Century 12-3 in the first two quarters of play, and then the West Fargo defense hung on for dear life, as the Pack downed the Patriots 12-10 at Lodoen Field on Friday night. Neither team provided much in terms of firepower on the offensive side of the ball, but for those that love a good "slobber-knocker," Friday's opener was a solid game for West Fargo. "We've got some real team speed and some guys that can really fly to the football," Jay Gibson, head coach of the Packers, said. "Any coach will tell you they don't mind having speed.
Marsha Dahl's team was a squad of "overachievers" in the regular season last year, knocking off Fargo North en route to an unbeaten record in dual action. Though their luck ran out at the Eastern Dakota Conference meet, where North ran away with the conference title, the Packers were pleased with a runner-up finish. The team also finished fourth at state to become the school's first girls' swim squad to bring home hardware from a state meet. While that brought a smile to Dahl's face last year, this year might be a different story.
A speech Robert Kennedy made to the young people of South Africa on their Day of Affirmation in 1966 was the core of Edward Kennedy's eulogy for his brother nearly 40 years ago. I find it appropriate today. Robert Kennedy wrote that: "There is a discrimination in this world and slavery and slaughter and starvation. Governments repress their people; and millions are trapped in poverty while the nation grows rich; and wealth is lavished on armaments everywhere. "These are differing evils, but they are common works of man.
There's a scene at the end of the acclaimed movie "Good Morning Vietnam" where Robin Williams is trying to make his way to the Saigon airport, but is held up by a convoy of troops. It's a tearful good-bye, made through laughs, as the radio personality he portrays cracks up members of the Army with his wit and humor. While I doubt I'll get such a poignant moment as the one in that movie, it's just as hard for me to say farewell to the community I've grown to know and love over the last nine and a half years. The Little Red-Haired Girl and I will be setting off for the big city.
West Fargo High School head football coach Jay Gibson looks back at the 2005 season, a year when the Packers went 6-4 and made it to the state quarterfinal, with a sense of accomplishment. His team, made up mostly of seniors who had seen little playing time and juniors on the rise, "overachieved," and squeaked into the playoffs with a win in the regular season's final game. "We won a couple of games where we had the benefit of a really good kicker (Tom Bishoff) and he gave us a great option to get some extra points.
As the largest population of West Fargo area students march back to school this Thursday, the West Fargo School District will brace for one more year of battling crowding issues. Soon, two new schools will have administrators, teachers and students breathing a little bit easier at the District's two most-populated schools, Westside Elementary and the West Fargo High School.
Tucked into her office in the Leidal Education Center, Dana Diesel Wallace has had a whopping 27 days to prepare for the month of August. This month, after all, is the month when all focus changes from vacation back to preparation, as the imminent arrival of students means new life and a new school year. "It's what we all look forward to," Wallace said with a smile. "It's been pretty quiet. But you do what you do in the summer and then the kids come back and it's like New Year's Day. It's a celebration.
Unless you've been living under a rock, or never had any interest in reading this column before, you know that I'm a huge sports fan. Hence the fact that I've been the West Fargo sports dude for eight years, going on nine. Anyway, an incident that occurred in Utah, of all places, made me sick to think that this is what the world of sports has become to some people. Those of you who are familiar with Sports Illustrated will have heard about this. But stay tuned.
While July's heat was good for sun-seekers and water lovers, it wasn't so great for the region's wheat crop, according to reports released by the United States Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota State University Extension Service over the last few weeks. Durum wheat production was down 40 percent, and all other spring wheat was down about 8 percent, thanks to a hot, dry July that drastically reduced yields in most places, especially central and western North Dakota.
Last Friday was a bittersweet day for West Fargo Packer boys' soccer coach Doug Millar. It was sweet for the longtime coach to see both of his boys on the field at once, as the two squared off for their respective teams in the annual Alumni Game, held Friday, Aug. 11. Brandon, a junior, played defense for the current Packer squad. West Fargo grad Kevin played with his fellow alumni. The bitter moments came preceding the contest, as the team remembered a lost comrade.