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It might be hard to believe, but it's time to dust off your scarf and mittens because the winter sports season is right around the corner. One of the first West Fargo sports out of the frosty gate is boys hockey, which takes to the ice for their first game Saturday, Nov. 21 during the West Fargo Jamboree. The Packers are coming off a mediocre season in which they finished midfield in the Eastern Dakota Conference at 5-9-1 and 9-13-2 overall.
The doe froze, legs slightly splayed after coming to an abrupt halt not 15 yards to my right. Dry oak leaves scuttled past, carried by a light west wind. She stared at me. I stared back. Neither of us daring to make the first move. "Just take a step," I thought, scrunching my brow and using my best Jedi mind trick. "Ignore the man in the blaze orange jacket. There is no hunter here." But alas, the jig was up.
The West Fargo football team entered Saturday's North Dakota State Class 3A semifinal game against top-ranked Bismarck as an underdog. So when the defending state champion Demons handily defeated the Packers 42-14, it wasn't much of a surprise. Interestingly enough, Bismarck defeated West Fargo by the same score during last year's state tournament quarterfinals. But even with the loss, West Fargo should be proud of its season after finishing 4-1 in the Eastern Dakota Conference and 7-4 overall.
At the West Fargo School Board meeting on Monday, board members reviewed the first reading of several policies. The policies were that of fraud prevention and investigation, video surveillance and recording in schools, and carrying weapons. Some of the most drastic policy changes came to carrying weapons on school policy. The old policy listed specific weapons forbidden on school property.
The West Fargo volleyball team is heading into the postseason riding on the coattails of two straight regular-season losses. Certainly not the momentum the East Region defending champions two years running were hoping for. Hopefully, the No. 5 Packers can turn the tide when they face No. 4 Fargo North in the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament today in the Fargo Civic Center.
The West Fargo football team pulled off a last-ditch touchdown pass to edge Minot 31-27 on Friday, Oct. 30, during their North Dakota State Class 3A quarterfinal game in the FargoDome. Now the Packers (4-1 EDC, 7-3 overall) face undefeated Bismarck High on their home turf during the semifinals Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. To say this is a daunting task would be an understatement. West Fargo faced the Demons in last year's quarterfinals and were thumped 42-14. But Bismarck isn't invincible; the Packers have topped them before.
The team of student athletes practices several times a week. Individuals concentrate on timing and technique. Their coach keeps a watchful eye, sharing insight from years of experience when necessary, and dispersing praise when able. During meets, the atmosphere is electric; the participants, intense. Fans cheer a good round and hush as players take form, steady their gaze and focus on knocking down the 10 pins at the end of the lane... Wait, what did you think this was: football? It wouldn't surprise the members of the West Fargo High School bowling team if you did.
My friends call me "boy scout." My wife, Erin, actually coined the term, but it quickly caught on between hunting buddies. This mainly happened because, even though I've never donned a merit badge-adorned sash, I take pride in careful preparation, especially before going afield during the hunting season. This is particularly true during deer firearm season, which starts at noon on Friday.
'Twas the night before deer opener, and all through the shack, hunters were dreaming of bucks with big racks... Believe it or not, it is that time of year again as North Dakota's most famous unofficial holiday is nearly upon us: the firearm deer opener kicks off at noon on Friday, Nov. 6, and culminates a half hour after sunset Nov.
After a short caucus of the School Board, West Fargo school district teachers could release their collective breath. "We will accept the settlement offer," said Thomas Gentzkow, School Board President. More than six months of negotiations between the West Fargo School Board and the West Fargo Education Association culminated Monday, Oct. 26.