West Fargo High School and West Fargo Sheyenne athletics had a lot of firsts, victories and triumphs to celebrate in 2019. Many Mustangs and Packers made their marks over the last 12 months.
Here’s a look at West Fargo’s top sports moments and stories of 2019.
Chemiti and Gu win doubles title, Mustangs win team title
After getting knocked out by Minot in the state girls tennis final a year ago, Sheyenne cemented a perfect 22-0 season and swept all three duals at the state tournament, including a 5-0 win over Fargo Davies in the championship.
Monti Knewtson, Preeti Chemiti and Mimi Gu won their singles matches at the tournament by a combined 108-14.
Doubles champions Chemiti and Gu accumulated a 13-0 record en route to a doubles state title.
Nsengiyumva Corode smashes triple jump record
West Fargo’s Nsengiyumva Corode went 48 feet, 5 inches on his final jump in the triple jump at the Class A state boys track and field meet in May, breaking the state record of 46-9 that had stood since 1998.
Corode broke the previous meet record on his second jump with a 47-1 1/2. On his final jump, he not only eclipsed his tournament record, but also broke the previous West Fargo school record (47-2) with ease, recording a leap of 48-5.
He capped his high school campaign with a long jump state championship the following day, closing his career as a Packer with a distance of 22-10 3/4.
West Fargo’s Jasmine Williams also claimed the top spot in the Class A girls 200-meter dash during the North Dakota state track meet.
Packer girls win first-ever cross country state championship
The girls on West Fargo High School’s 2019 cross country team will be forever cemented in the Packers history books after they clinched the North Dakota Class A high school girls cross country championship.
Led by five runners who placed in the top 25, the Packers earned the state title for the first time in school history.
Senior Hope Pringle was West Fargo’s top runner, placing seventh out of 177 runners. Packers head coach Brad Amundson was named the East Region cross country coach of the year.
West Fargo's Andy Young cracks Diamondbacks 40-man roster
Andy Young got a call from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization three hours before the Nov. 20 Rule 5 protection deadline. The Diamondbacks hadn’t protected the West Fargo High School graduate from the Rule 5 draft yet, which allows clubs without full 40-man rosters select unprotected players.
The Diamondbacks added Young, a utility player, to the team’s 40-man roster, which was then at 39 players. Young, who was the 2012 North Dakota Class A senior player of the year, is now eligible to be called up at any point during the season, and is one step closer to cracking the 25-man Major League roster.
Pederson caps dominant career with second state title
Cade Pederson capped his impressive high school wrestling campaign with a second state title in February.
The top-seeded West Fargo High School then senior clinched the state title in the 182-pounds bout two years after capturing a state title at the 160-pound weight class.
He closed a dominant senior season with a 3-1 decision in the finals of the Class A State Tournament at the Fargodome for the sixth-place Packers.
Mustangs punch ticket to first-ever Dakota Bowl
After a near-perfect season, the West Fargo Sheyenne Mustangs headed to the Dakota Bowl for the first time to face West Region powerhouse Bismarck Century.
It took five straight postseason appearances for the Mustangs to finally be rewarded with a trip to the Fargodome.
Century’s defense outmatched Sheyenne’s offense to claim the Class 3A state football title. The Patriots handed the Mustangs their first shutout of the season and notched a 10-0 Dakota Bowl victory, the lowest scoring state title game in 3A history.
The Mustangs closed out their season at 10-2, with Fargo Shanley handing them their only other loss.
Packers bounce back after snapping 20-straight state title streak with championship win
The Packers came back and won the Class A softball title this season via an 8-6 win over Bismarck after West Fargo’s streak of 20 straight softball state titles was snapped in the 2018 season.
The Packers scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to turn a 6-3 deficit into an 8-6 lead in the title game, thanks to a five-run sixth inning against Bismarck.
Sheyenne tops Shanley to earn 3rd place at state, highest finish in school history
West Fargo Sheyenne captured the third-place title at the Class A state volleyball tournament in November with a five-set win over Fargo Shanley.
The Mustangs (25-6) earned the highest state finish in school history, building on a fifth-place finish last year.
The Mustangs secured a 25-19, 25-14, 25-15 quarterfinal sweep over Bismarck High to advance to their first-ever semifinal matchup, where the Mustangs faced four-time reigning state champs Bismarck Century.
The Patriots came from behind to earn a five-set victory over the Mustangs.
Record-setting Sheyenne claims EDC girls swimming crown, nabs best state finish
The West Fargo Sheyenne girls swimming and diving team broke two records to fuel a first-place finish at the Eastern Dakota Conference championship meet in November at Hulbert Aquatic Center.
The Mustangs clinched the conference title for the second year in a row.
Sheyenne improved on last year’s fourth-place finish, earning the runner-up spot with 329 points at the North Dakota girls state swimming and diving meet, grabbing its best state finish in school history.
Lennon ends history career in style
Luke Lennon, the first player to record both 1,000 points and 700 rebounds in West Fargo boys basketball history, capped his career with another dominant showing, recording 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Packers to an 89-69 state-tournament win over Bismarck Legacy in the fifth-place game at the Bismarck Event Center.
Lennon, the team’s former star 6-5 center who is now playing football at the University of North Dakota, was named the EDC and Class A senior athlete of the year.
Lennon, who averaged 20.9 points and 9.6 rebounds a game during his senior season, helped his team punch in a 21-6 record and fifth-place state finish.
Sheyenne caps record season with third-place finish at state boys soccer
West Fargo Sheyenne capped its historic season with a third-place finish at the boys state soccer tournament in Mandan in October. The appearance was the Mustangs first trip to the state tournament in the young program’s history.
Top-seeded Sheyenne recorded a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Fargo South to clinch third place.
The Mustangs ended their record season checking in at 10-3-5 overall, more than tripling their number of wins this year from last (3-10-3).
Mustangs doubles duo captures 4th at state with record finish
Mason Urlacher and Ethan Raan entered the boys state tennis tournament in Grand Forks as the No. 7 seed from the East.
The doubles duo topped second-seeded Minot in three sets in the opening round of the tournament. Urlacher and Raan went on to defeat No. 3 East seed Grand Forks Central in the doubles team’s second match at state. That victory over the Knights earned Raan and Urlacher All-State honors.
The pair fell to No. 6-seeded Fargo Davies in the third-place match. Urlacher and Raan’s fourth-place state finish is the highest individual finish in Sheyenne history.
From 49th to 3rd, top-ranked Knodle makes another jump at state
Two years ago, nobody would’ve expected that Jacob Knodle would become one of the top runners in North Dakota.
Knodle placed 49th at the Class A state cross country meet his freshman season. He had a tremendous jump the following year, with his sophomore run earning him a seventh-place finish at state.
He finished even higher this year, placing third for 11th-place West Fargo Sheyenne, the highest individual finish for Sheyenne in school history.
Terhark becomes West Fargo Sheyenne's first football commit to NDSU
Tyler Terhark entered his senior year of high school juggling whether he wanted to pursue basketball or football at the collegiate level.
He loved both sports, but at football camp this summer at Sheyenne and North Dakota State's three-day summer camp, Terhark heard football calling his name.
NDSU was the next to call, as Terhark, the first football commit from Sheyenne, was offered a preferred walk-on spot at the NDSU camp.
Mustangs top Packers for state girls basketball berth
Sheyenne clinched a berth in the state tournament with a 56-50 win over crosstown rival West Fargo in a March East Region girls basketball qualifying game.
A lead that changed hands seven times in the second half switched for the final time, as the Mustangs, who forced a backcourt violation on the ensuing Packer possession, got Jadyn Feist a clean look in the post, which she converted to give the Mustangs a 49-48 lead.
The Mustangs reached the North Dakota Class A state semifinals for the first time after an opening-round win over Mandan.
Sheyenne lost to Bismarck Legacy in the third-place game to punch in a fourth-place state finish.
Teske earns second All-State finish in Class A golf
A runner-up at the 2018 Class A boys state golf tournament, Zach Teske’s attempt to build on that strong showing began in rocky fashion, after he bogeyed the first hole of the 2019 tournament.
The then West Fargo junior eventually earned a second straight All-State finish, placing fifth with a two-day score of 146 for the fourth-place Packers at the Bois de Sioux Golf Course in June.
Monger’s buzzer-beating goal lifts Sheyenne to third-place win over Davies
Usha Monger found the most dramatic time to score her first varsity goal. As time was set to expire, Monger chased down a deflected shot by teammate Brooke Boyer and gave the Mustangs a 1-0 win over Fargo Davies by tapping home a winner just before the buzzer sounded in the third-place game of the girls state soccer tournament.
Monger’s first varsity goal helped the Mustangs, who fell 2-0 to eventual state champion Shanley-Oak Grove in the semis, get revenge on an Eagle team that defeated them 4-1 in the 2018 state title game.
Worthy of a mention
Standout Sheyenne running back Nate Goldade, who missed his entire senior season with a year-ending injury, received a preferred walk-on offer to North Dakota State, and verbally committed to the seven-time NCAA Division I FCS champions.
West Fargo’s boys swimming and diving co-head coaches Lisa Montplaisir and Barb Fischer were named the East Region coach(es) of the 2018-19 year.
The West Fargo United punched in a fourth-place finish at girls state hockey in February.
Former Mustangs basketball standout Maggie Manson graduated from West Fargo Sheyenne in June, and four months later, she has worked her way into the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team’s rotation.
The Packers placed fourth at state baseball after falling to Shanley in the third-place game. On the other side, the Mustangs took sixth following a fifth-place loss to Williston.
Carson Hegerle’s circus catch in the Packers’ season opener against Mandan earned him the play of the week for WDAY’s Sports Sunday. Hegerle caught a pass on a two-point conversion try, tipped the ball three times in the air, still finding a way to hold onto it, and stayed in bounds to successfully tack on the two points.
Christian Kuntz became the first player in the history of the Mustangs’ boys basketball program to score 1,000 points.
After winning just three games three years ago, the Packers boys hockey team tripled its number of wins in the 2018-19 season, going 9-15 overall.
The West Fargo girls golf team placed 12th at the October state tournament in Wahpeton, finishing with an 825 after tying for sixth place at the East Region competition in September.