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Even this fall's seemingly relentless rain and cold haven't dampened the drive of the West Fargo football team. After losing two straight games to start the season, the Packers have finished strong and once again qualified for the state tournament, which begins Oct. 30. The Packers are scheduled to face No. 3 Minot after clinching the No. 2 seed and a home berth for the North Dakota Class 3A playoffs, On Oct. 21, Jamestown (1-4 EDC, 2-7 overall) visited West Fargo (4-1, 6-3) for their last regular season game of the year.
The Eastern Dakota Conference champion West Fargo cross country team went to the North Dakota state meet with lofty expectations, but knew stiff competition awaited them. On Saturday, Oct. 24, the competition didn't disappoint as the Packers girls team finished third while the boys slipped to ninth place. Fargo South's Tarin Lachowitzer finished first for the girls with a time of 14:53.55.
The West Fargo and Fargo Shanley volleyball teams are ready to bump, set and spike their message of breast cancer awareness to the masses. The "Dig the Cure" breast cancer awareness game is scheduled for Nov. 3 at Fargo Shanley High School. The two teams have raised more then $2,000 dollars by selling 400 t-shirts, with the proceeds going to the Roger Maris Cancer Center. Representatives from the center will be at the game to accept the check. Fans attending the game are encouraged to wear pink to help promote breast cancer awareness. But don't worry, you won't be alone.
A group of STEM students took top honors at the Bison BEST competition Oct. 23-24 at the Fargo Civic Center. Holly Erickson's class, comprised of sixth- and seventh-graders, finished second overall in a field of 24 teams, qualifying for the regional competition in Arkansas on Dec. 3-5. "It was getting toward the end of the awards ceremony and we hadn't been called," Erickson said. "We said, 'That's too bad for the kids.' No sooner had we said that and they called us for second place. "Everyone was jumping and shouting.
The final financial numbers are out for the Red River Valley Speedway and the results aren't much of a shock: the speedway has suffered another losing season. Financial packets were available Oct. 15 during a board meeting for the Red River Valley Fairground.
Typical seven-year-old girls might spend their free time playing dress-up or acting out a domestic dispute between Barbie and Ken. At seven, Torey Fischer was anything but typical. Now a junior at West Fargo High School, Fischer, 16, has spent nearly 10 years strapped inside race cars, flying around dirt tracks at maximum speed. There's no fighting it; racing is in her blood. "My grandpa (Paul Fischer) raced awhile back," Fischer said, "and my dad (Darren), when he was a kid, used to go out to the track. He loved seeing the people race ... and eventually he started racing.
I have a confession: I'm not the biggest fan of pheasants. There, I said it. All you North Dakotans out there please don't hate me. If you would be so kind as to not slash my tires after reading this column, I would appreciate it. In all honesty, pheasants and the subsequent pursuit of them aren't all bad. Let's face it, I'm an opportunistic guy plain and simple. If there's a season, I probably hunt it. The same can be said for pheasants. But there's something about ol' longtail that irks me.
Hey all you West Fargo fans, stand up and give a round of applause for your boys soccer team, who returned from the state tournament hoisting the fifth-place trophy. Winning consolation certainly is nothing to sneeze at for the Packers, who reached state for the first time since 2005 and finished 11-6-4 overall for the season and 4-3-3 in the Eastern Dakota Conference.
Look out North Dakota, because the Packers are headed to the state cross country tournament riding a big wave of momentum. West Fargo recently swept the Eastern Dakota Conference meet in Grand Forks, taking team and individual titles in both girls and boys divisions. Jamison Gehrig and Ellie Grooters each were named EDC senior athlete of the year. Even the West Fargo middle school teams have done well, winning both divisions in the EDC tournament.
Put on your best costume and get ready for a fun-filled night of games, food and prizes at the 10th annual Packatahna Halloween Carnival from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Lodeon Center in West Fargo. Free to get in the door, visitors can participate in a myriad of fun activities, including golf, hockey, bottle toss, duck pond and more. Games Galore also will be there with two inflatable games. The West Fargo Packatahnas, who are celebrating 25 years as a group, also want to help contribute to the "Fill the Dome" project.