The West Fargo wrestling team only had one contest last week, but they made it count. On Thursday, the Packers routed visiting Fargo South 61-12. The win improved the Eastern Dakota Conference leaders to 5-0 in conference play and 10-0 overall. Out of four tournaments this season, the Packers have finished first, second, third and sixth. The Bruins (1-4 EDC, 1-4 overall) won just three of the 14 weight classes Thursday, and West Fargo's Drew Johnson at 195 pounds received the only victory by forfeit.
Since its season began Dec. 10, the West Fargo boys swimming and diving team has yet to lose a meet. That not only includes wins in every dual, but also taking first place in every invitational. And while six weeks remain until the Eastern Dakota Conference meet Feb.
Through seven regular-season games, the West Fargo girls basketball team has lost just once. That lone hiccup came Thursday on the road in Grand Forks when No. 2 Red River (4-1 EDC, 4-2) dominated the court in the form of a 38-20 halftime lead culminating in an eventual 20-point advantage by game's end. The Packers rebounded Saturday with a 74-57 victory against Fargo North (2-5, 3-5) that gave the Eastern Dakota Conference leaders a 6-1 record.
In the end, Florenz Bjornson may have just been too hard to say and spell. Ease of use and the proximity to Veterans Boulevard instead were deciding factors Monday for the West Fargo school board's choice in naming its new schools. After an unofficial table vote left things split 3-3, board president Ben Koppelman broke the tie in favor of naming West Fargo's middle school Liberty.
Remy went downwind of where the crippled rooster had flopped into the tall stems of prairie grass and immediately turned and pointed.
Looking at the West Fargo boys basketball team's season record is slightly deceiving, especially when comparing it to the rest of the Eastern Dakota Conference. The Packers' five wins and two losses are respectable, sure enough, and put them comfortably in a third-place tie with Fargo South (a team they've yet to face, by the way). But to really see how close the conference is, one needs to dig through the scores themselves. Doing so results in a distinct discovery: if current trends hold true, this year is going to be a fight to a finish.
Even the most ardent pessimist would have a hard time finding anything wrong with the past week of competition. Well, the Packers wrestling team did finish second at the Bismarck rotary, but it was by a measly two points - negligible in my book - and only after they cleaned Grand Forks Central's clock 60-12 on Tuesday. In fact, it may have been far and away the winning-est week of the season for all of Packer-dom.
Erik Schmidt's office is the front seat of a pickup truck. And he wouldn't have it any other way. As a Game Warden for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Schmidt's typical day consists of driving around to follow up on tips, check hunters and fishermen, and keep an ever-watchful eye on the thousands of square miles under his jurisdiction. It's not a bad gig for someone in love with the outdoors. "I always said growing up that I could never work in an office," said Schmidt, a 2000 graduate of West Fargo High School.
The West Fargo boys hockey team picked up a pair of wins during a three-day tournament last week in Fergus Falls, Minn. The Packers (2-5-0 EDC, 5-7-0) kicked things off Tuesday with a 4-1 victory over Park Rapids (Minn.) Area. West Fargo points leader Blake Nelson scored his team's first goal at the end of the first period on a power play.
By Tyler Shoberg Fargo's annual Rumble on the Red wrestling tournament has historically been a highly competitive venue. Boasting 60 teams from as far away as Alaska, the two-day brouhaha also can be a litmus test for teams as they continue with their seasons. For West Fargo, in particular, those test results may point to big things in the not-too-distant future. As a team, the Packers (3-0 Eastern Dakota Conference, 8-0 overall) finished third overall Friday with 186 points.