Sometime in late February, just as the first whispers of spring began popping up in casual conversations across the Midwest, Cole Bachmeier had a vision. He wanted to plant trees. Dozens of them, maybe even hundreds. And he wanted to do it in a place that not only benefited the community, but where he could watch the aftereffect on a regular basis to keep tabs on progress.
The recently released preseason coaches' poll pegs the defending East Region champion West Fargo wrestling team to finish first in both their conference and Class A. A lofty goal, indeed, but certainly not unobtainable; in 2010 the Packers took their first state dual championship and last year they finished third. With a season that does not finish until mid February, that leaves the Packers a lot of time to prove the polls wrong or right. Looking too far into the future, however, is never a good idea. "They have high goals, but we need to focus.
By Tyler Shoberg Ten-year-old Maggie Manson has a thing for basketball. And she's pretty darn good at it, too, especially from free-throw range. The Aurora Elementary School student was recently awarded for her prowess from the white line with the International Free Throw trophy, considered a Supreme Award by the Knights of Columbus. "I'm really happy," Manson said, when she found out about the award. Dr.
Dr. David Flowers has accomplished quite a lot since being hired as West Fargo Public Schools' superintendent on April 30, 2010. After his annual review Monday by the West Fargo School Board, it would seem he's doing everything right, too. A questionnaire given to Flowers for a self and district evaluation was assessed and anonymously commented on by board members, who gave glowing praise for Flowers' performance as head of North Dakota's fastest growing district. Member Kay Kiefer summed up the collective observation of the board in two sentences: "We hired the right person.
High school bowling has been a club sport in North Dakota for only four years. But in that time, one school quickly jumped out as the team to beat in the state. "Fargo South has been very dominant," West Fargo coach Paul Hirchert said. "They are our arch rival; our nemesis, if you will." Since bowling began, the Bruins have come home with every state title, and have had a strangle-hold on the East Region meet.
When people hear the word "winter," it's tough not to think about snow and ice. Fitting, then, that officially kicking off the winter sports season was one relying solely on ice. Last week, the Packers boys hockey team began their season with a 3-1 loss on the road to Fargo Davies. The Eagles scored two goals in the first period before West Fargo's Derrick LaCoe answered with what would wind up being his team's only goal. Davies scored their final goal in the second period.
One of West Fargo's top golfers has decided to stick close to home after his senior season. On Nov. 9, North Dakota State University head coach Billy Iverson announced that Connor Holland signed a National Letter of Intent to play men's golf for the Bison. Holland is a two-time all-conference and all-state golfer who will end his prep career as a senior this spring with the Packers.
During The Salvation Army's 2010 Red Kettle Campaign, thousands of the trademark bell ringers canvassed the Fargo-Moorhead area and scrounged up a record $809,000 from generous patrons.
For the first time in three years, the West Fargo volleyball team earned a spot in the state tournament. It was a long time coming, especially for seniors who witnessed their team come so close in recent years, only to be snubbed at the last minute. But last weekend, the Packers made their appearance count. After nearly causing a huge upset in the first round over the West's top-ranked Bismarck Century, West Fargo would go on to defeat their next two opponents and come home with a consolation championship.
The West Fargo cheer team's role typically is to rouse fan support during Packer sporting events. But on Nov. 12, they were the ones getting cheered on. And the support paid off, as the Packers won a second-straight state championship during the North Dakota Cheer Coach Association fall competition at Fargo South High School. West Fargo too first place in the Class A team competition, beating out runner-up Minot and the third-place Bruins. The Packers also had a stunt group, the Flying Ninjas, which placed third overall in Class A.