There's much more than a victory on the line when the Class A All-Stars and Class B Stars meet in the Lions All-Star games. There's a sense of pride, an ingredient of the big guy versus the little guy, and a summer of bragging rights at stake. Plus, there's the camaraderie that comes with playing with an elite group of players, being coached by a state champion coach, and a week of summer fun. "It's a great experience," Ali Edwards, the lone West Fargo girl selected to play for the Class A Stars, said.
With not much going on in the world (ha!), I thought we'd take a look at the week that was, 101-degree heat and all. This, of course, will be on a bit lighter note than the State/Nation/World wrap-up you can find in our B-Section. Hot enough for you? Did you hear that enough times throughout the week? I used to kid with my friends who moved down South that what they had done just created the same variables when it came to dealing with temps. Here, you go from heated houses to heated cars and heated offices. There, you go from cooled houses to cool cars and cool businesses.
Ask her friends and coworkers about Monica Spier, and they come up with one common word: sincere. And it's true. Upon meeting Spier, you often wonder if a person can actually be that, well, nice. But behind the sweet exterior is a woman who has a great work ethic, those same friends and coworkers will tell you.
Andrea Hummel got a warm reception on her former home floor, as the West Fargo High School 2006 graduate took part on the Soroptimist All-Star Volleyball contest last Tuesday night. Held annually in West Fargo, the match features the best from the West versus the beasts of the East in the competitive, yet friendly match. Hanging out together throughout the course of the week, the girls become friends after many years of competition.
Everyone involved knew it, from the fans to the coaches, players to the two little children in the wheelchairs admiring the game from field level. It's an afternoon where penalties that would often be taken during the regular season are declined out of sportsmanship. Players on opposing teams help each other up off of the carpet (something that, fortunately, happens a lot in North Dakota football anyway) and extra points go very lightly contested. The Shrine Bowl, in short, is to football what the Japanese are to baseball.
Scary sentence, isn't it? I remember in the follow up to Columbine, I had a long conversation with Principal Gary Clark over at West Fargo High School about how hard this hit home, and what could possibly have gone wrong. What, Clark wondered along with me, could make someone feel so ostracized that he would feel the need to do this? And why couldn't he turn to his parents with those feelings? We're shocked each time more and more information is leaked about the two obviously emotionally disturbed young men who operated the biggest rampage in the history of American schools.
The memorabilia indicating Lance Johnson's successful racing past line the top shelf of a garage storage unit in the family home west of West Fargo. Kart Racing was Johnson's love from 1997-2001, when he was in his early teens. But then, as a freshman at West Fargo High School, he started to play football for the Packers. As a sophomore, he was part of a team that rolled to the State AAA Championship, defeating Minot.
A week while facing the conference's best proved the West Fargo Patriots have a little bit of work to do if they want to contend for this year's East Region title in Summer Baseball competition last week. The Pats lost four in a row in conference play, falling to Fargo in a double-header on Wednesday, then losing a double-dip with Grand Forks on Sunday night to fall to third place in the East Region standings behind those two teams.
Most people have the mental image of the typical painter trudging through the countryside with his or her easel, plopping it down to paint a landcape in the middle of nowhere, enjoying the solitude and inspired by a subject. Those days are long gone. Art clubs have created a common theme among artists, as people who enjoy their media, whether it's sculpture or watercolor, oil paint or collage, get together and share their tricks of the trade. So it is with the Cormorant Art Club and West Fargo resident Marilyn Geske, organized nine years ago with many talented artists, including several
West Fargo Aces coach Shannon Miller finds himself in a pretty atypical situation for a baseball team manager this season. When Miller sees a starting pitcher beginning to struggle, he can't just look down to the bullpen and get somebody warmed up. Instead, he has to go to his lineup card, see who's out in the field, and select the next pitcher from there. "You'd like to do it the old-fashioned way, instead of bringing in your third baseman to pitch, but we don't really have that luxury right now," he said. Not that it matters.