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West Fargo Patriots skipper Brett Peterson hit the nail on the head when he discussed his team's strengths and weaknesses heading into the Fargo-Moorhead Tournament. The Pats, he said, were an offensive squad. But in order to win, the team needed better pitching and defense. His sentiments were echoed by the Pats' seventh-place finish at the FM Tourney, as the Pats excelled in games where they were solid defensively and got decent pitching.
Ah, it feels good to be back. Yes, it's been a wild week. Yes, "Little Man Kam" is just fine, thanks. And yours truly is refreshed, though not that well-rested. Babies make a lot of noises. For those of you who are thinking, "Oh great, he's going to write about his kid all of the time now," well, you're right. For this week, you are, anyway. They say it takes a village to raise a child. At least, I think that's how the old saying goes, anyway.
To many, the Bachmeier name goes hand-in-hand with racing. John Bachmeier has been a familiar face at the Red River Valley Speedway, and is still going strong. Frank Bachmeier is a Go-Kart legend, as is Powder Puff Queen Donna, his wife. And now Levi Bachmeier is getting into the act. The 14-year-old West Fargoan, who will be a freshman at the high school next fall and turns 15 this summer, is in his seventh year of Kart racing. Obviously, he's had his influences. "It's really a family sport for us," he said. "It started with my grandma and grandpa.
Discussing the topic for the first time in more than a decade, the West Fargo School Board considered, then tabled, ideas to raise members' salaries by more than 300 percent on Monday night at the Leidal Education Center. Currently receiving $1,000 per year for their services, the Board discussed the idea of raising salaries for School Board members to $3,000 per year or more, hopefully making membership more attractive to a general public which showed no interest in this year's Cass County Primary Election, as each of the four members up for re-election ran unopposed. Superintendent Chuck
West Fargo High School girls' soccer will join rival Fargo South in the search for a new head coach this off-season, as longtime leader Jim Flores has announced his retirement from the school side of the sport. Flores, who joined the program in 1997, led the Packers to two fourth-place finishes in the North Dakota State Soccer Tournament, including a fourth-place finish this season, which was the most successful year for the squad ever in terms of wins and losses.
After winning 70 games and a Northern League Championship in 1998, the question was legitimate.
Where can household items become million-dollar machines? And where can an old tube become the design for the next great roller-coaster? Anything and everything like that happened at Eastwood Elementary last week, where teachers, volunteers and students entering Grades 1-6 participated in Camp Invention, a camp that fosters creativity, teamwork and intventive thinking. Camp Invention is conducted and created by the National Inventors' Hall of Fame, and was started back in 1990. It receives funding and support from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Have bats, balls and gloves; will travel. That's the mantra carried by manager Brett Peterson and the West Fargo Patriots Summer Baseball Club, which will play plenty of tournament and regularly scheduled games on the road this season. The aggressive schedule includes five tournaments overall, not including the East Region and State tourneys. The Pats will travel to destinations like Mandan (this weekend), Omaha and Detroit Lakes while co-hosting two tournaments here in Fargo/West Fargo. "We're definitely going to get a lot of experience over the course of the summer," Peterson said.
The squad sprung out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-1 victory over Fergus Falls in Game 1, thanks to Andy Young and Jordan Rheault's combination on the mound for eight strikeouts. Landon Uetz led the offense, scoring two runs, and the Packer defense gave up just two hits and an error in the win. In Game 2, West Fargo outslugged Moorhead 9-3, using a four-run first inning to take a lead it would never relinquish.
Statechamps.doc Ali Edwards and her senior cohorts were in third grade the first time the West Fargo girls softball club played its way to the State Championship, led by a guy named Pat Johnson. But Edwards and the rest of the Dirty Dozen completed a dream season that none of the eight other teams could accomplish Saturday afternoon, as the starting shortstop completed a highlight-reel play to end a 10-0 shutout over Fargo Shanley in the championship game at Elmwood Park last Saturday, giving West Fargo a perfect 31-0 record on the season. We just didnt want to be the team that ende