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If the winter doldrums have got you in a funk, some much-deserved excitement may be the ticket out. Look no further than roller derby. Yes: that roller derby. The all-female sport that became wildly popular in the 70s before fizzling out has made a recent resurgence, and Fargo-area fans are flocking to events in droves. Maybe it's the whirlwind pace? Or the athleticism of the participants?
The West Fargo school district is in need of a new superintendent and administrators are asking the public for help. An open forum is being held in February for people to discuss what traits they would like to see in possible candidates. "As I understand it from (Human Resources Director Robin Hill), it's going to look something like a survey," said Heather Leas, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. "What would be your top 10 qualities in the next superintendent?" The idea for a public forum was brought up during the West Fargo School Board's midyear retreat last week, Leas said.
"Obsessive" is a word I hear often in my presence. "Driven" would be another, and "passionate," too. But I think the best word to sum up my outdoors enthusiasm is "compulsive." My wife, Erin, once asked me something a true sportsman should never have to answer: "If you had to cut down on your hobbies (she said it like I have too many or something) and do only one, which would it be?" Seriously? One hobby? Ask me which one of my future children is my favorite and I'd probably have an easier time answering. But my favorite hobby?
This week's Ty's Take didn't make it into Jan.
Twenty-five years ago, a fledgling dance team out of West Fargo made its debut. No one could have guessed just how far it would go. Today, the Packatahnas are considered one of the elite dance teams in the region, if not the nation. "They've built a name for themselves," said Sonja Butenhoff, a former Packatahnas dancer and assistant coach. "When they go to nationals, everyone knows who West Fargo is." And rightfully so: the Packatahnas varsity team has made a habit of acquiring trophies like a safari hunter collects African game.
With an investigation ongoing as to whether two of its top wrestlers were eligible to compete, West Fargo still managed to come within a point of first place at the Bismarck Rotary in early January. Then, with the news last week that Tyler and Preston Lehmann were cleared to play, there was nothing holding the Packers back as they beat Fargo South 45-27 in Friday's dual. In early January, Fargo North sent a letter to the North Dakota High School Activities Association concerning the possible illegal transfer of Preston and Tyler to West Fargo High School.
Here's a rundown of how everything panned out for the Packers last week - in a nutshell. Girls hockey keeps rolling Another week, and another West Fargo girls hockey win. This one came at the expense of visiting Devils Lake (1-8-1 overall). The Packers (8-0-0) routed the Firebirds 8-0 to pick up their fourth shutout of the season. To date, West Fargo has only been scored on four times. Leading the Packers with a goal and three assists was overall points leader Kacie Johnson. Johnson remains the No.
West Fargo seniors Matt Strahm and Spencer Flaten have both made college commitments for baseball: Strahm to Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kan., and Flaten to Jamestown (N.D.) College. Last season, Strahm posted a 6-3 record pitching for the Packers and had a 2.68 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. His highlight of the season came shortly before the East Region tournament. Facing Grand Forks Central, Strahm pitched West Fargo's first no-hitter in three years, leading the Packers to a 9-0 win.
The West Fargo School Board voted unanimously at Monday's meeting to search regionally for Superintendent Dr. Dana Diesel Wallace's replacement. Wallace, who came to West Fargo in 2006 from Raleigh, N.C., announced her resignation Dec. 14. Her last day will be June 30. The school board also decided to use internal resources rather than hire an outside firm.
Peering into the muddled, turquoise abyss below, it's hard not to let one's imagination run free. Who really knows what scaled monstrosities cruise the depths? Especially when bait - this time, an impaled fathead minnow - fervently pulses against its unwilling bondage. The sun burns orange and lilac as it sets, reflecting off the inner fabric of my portable ice fishing house and into the mirror stillness of the water below.