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The West Fargo boys swimming and diving team came into last weekend's state tournament in Mandan as defending champions looking for a repeat. Minot High School wouldn't let that happen. Utilizing their deep field of swimmers, the Magicians grabbed the title with 377.2 points, edging the Packers by nearly 15 points. For West Fargo coach Marsha Dahl, the second-place finish was bittersweet. "Everyone comes (to the state tournament) prepared," she said. "Our goal was to win again, but we came up a little short.
The West Fargo girls basketball season was a success, coach Barb Metcalf said. "We can take a lot away from the season," said Metcalf, who coached her second season with the Packers. "As coaches, even though we didn't make it to state, we believe we accomplished as much as last year because we beat some really good teams at the end." The Packers girls basketball team qualified for the North Dakota state tournament for the first time last season.
As winter gradually relinquishes its clammy hold, hunters and fishermen are experiencing 'tween time: that seemingly expansive nether-region until spring. My outdoors OCD kicked into high gear last week with the stretch of above-freezing temperatures. What to do: Go ice fishing for the umpteenth time, or prepare for spring?
In less than two minutes Tuesday night, racing at the Red River Valley Speedway moved another step closer to reality. During a special meeting, the Red River Valley Fair board unanimously approved a contract for Danny Schatz to take over the track. According to previous reports, the new contract lets Schatz schedule 30 races during the summer: 20 on Wednesday nights and 10 at other times.
The West Fargo girls hockey team capped a near-perfect season in the best way possible: with a North Dakota state title. Winning 3-1 on Saturday, Feb. 27 in Grand Forks, the Packers ousted No. 2 Fargo North to grab their first championship since girls hockey became a sanctioned high school sport in North Dakota three years ago. For West Fargo coach Pat Johnson, it was due time. "They played well," said Johnson, who was named Girls Hockey Coach of the Year for the second time. "They did the job they set out to do." Coming into the tournament, the Packers were ranked No. 1 in the state.
Two weeks ago, the West Fargo boys hockey team earned a state berth by beating Grand Forks Red River in the East Region Tournament and bumping the defending state champions out of title contention. Last weekend, the Packers continued to exceed expectations. Returning to the state tournament for the first time since 2003, the Packers fell 5-2 to Bismarck on Thursday, Feb. 25, in Grand Forks. But West Fargo managed to recover from the loss to win its final two games and earn consolation honors. "It was a fun weekend," Packers co-coach Tim Capouch said.
The West Fargo boys swimming and diving team successfully defended its East Region tournament crown for the third year in a row, earning 395.5 points last weekend at Berger Pool in West Fargo. Next up for the Packers: defending their 2009 state title when they head to Mandan on Friday for the North Dakota state tournament. West Fargo took first in the East Region tournament with a healthy 63.5-point lead over second-place Fargo North.
A season of relentless work, a season of pain, a season of sacrifice. A season to remember. The West Fargo wrestling team set out with the goal of usurping 10-time defending dual champion Bismarck in the North Dakota state tournament. Last weekend, the Packers did just that. "I'm really happy for our guys," said Kayle Dangerud, West Fargo wrestling coach. "They put their work in and it paid off." By the end of the three-day tournament at the Fargodome, the Packers had the dual championship and a combined total of 10 individual placers.
On Feb. 22, 1980, the "Miracle on Ice" occurred when the United State men's hockey team accomplished the unimaginable by defeating the Soviet Union. Nearly 30 years ago to the day, on Saturday, Feb. 20, the West Fargo boys hockey team earned a North Dakota state tournament berth by accomplishing its own "miracle," beating Grand Forks Red River for the first time - ever.
Race fans, cross your fingers - you may yet get the chance to see thrills and spills at the Red River Valley Speedway this summer. That is, if Danny Schatz and the Red River Valley Fair board can come to terms. Schatz, a Fargo-area businessman who had been negotiating a lease for the race track since October, rescinded his offer in early February. The news sent shockwaves through the racing community, and RRVF board members received the brunt of the backlash. A week later, however, a Schatz representative contacted the board to say they were prepared to come back to the table.