As spring sports get underway for the first time since 2019, here’s a look back at the sights and highlights from West Fargo’s winter sports season like no other.
Mustangs qualify for state wrestling as dual team
West Fargo Sheyenne capped a landmark year by competing in its first North Dakota Class A team dual state tournament in program history.
Packers make surprising postseason run
West Fargo’s boys hockey team finished the regular season with a 4-12 record. The Packers entered the East Region tournament as the No. 7 seed, and upset their way to a berth in the state tournament.
The Packers, the No. 4 seed from the East, beat West No. 1 seed Bismarck Century in the quarterfinals before losing to Grand Forks Red River in the semis. They placed fourth at the state tournament after losing to Fargo South-Shanley in a shootout in the third-place game and finished their season at 8-16 overall.
Mustangs defend conference crown
West Fargo Sheyenne’s boys basketball team repeated as East Region champions with a 92-55 win over Fargo Davies. The Mustangs grabbed the No. 1 seed heading into the Class A state tournament, and lost to eventual state champion West Fargo in the semifinals.
Sheyenne ended the year with just two losses and a 24-2 record. Sheyenne's senior big man Jacksen Moni was a Mr. Basketball finalist.
West Fargo brings home boys basketball state title
The Packers beat Minot 65-60 in the Class A boys basketball state championship to bring home the program’s first state title since 1992.
West Fargo ended a 29-year state championship drought with the win, closing out the year with a trophy and 22-4 mark. Senior Carter Birrenkott was a finalist for Mr. Basketball.
Ortiz wrestles to runner-up finish
KC Ortiz, a 285-pound senior at West Fargo, went 17-1 this season and earned a runner-up finish at the state wrestling tournament. Ortiz, who placed fifth last year, lost to Wahpeton’s Josh Krump in a 3-2 decision in the heavyweight final.
Packers, Mustangs fall a game short of state
West Fargo Sheyenne and West Fargo’s girls basketball teams both saw their seasons come to an end in the East Region tournament. The Mustangs lost 63-54 to Grand Forks Red River in a state-qualifying game. Sheyenne ended the year with a 13-12 record. The Packers fell 76-64 to Devils Lake in a state qualifier. West Fargo finished the year with a 15-8 record.
Young United team finishes year as underdog
West Fargo United’s season came to an end in the girls hockey state quarterfinals against eventual state champion Fargo Davies. United’s young team played to an 8-12 mark this season. They picked up a season-opening win over state runner-up Fargo North-South, and edged Davies in a shootout during the regular season.
Raimo headlines Sheyenne’s 4th-place state finish
West Fargo Sheyenne junior Vaughn Raimo took home the state title in the 100-yard butterfly at the state boys swimming and diving meet in Bismarck. He also swam to a runner-up finish in the 100-yard backstroke for the fourth-place Mustangs.Sheyenne finished 3.5 points behind third-place Fargo South-Shanley at the state meet for a score of 215.5.
The Mustangs got a third-place finish in the 500 free from Sheyenne senior Nick Benson, who also swam to a fifth-place finish in the 200 free.
West Fargo junior Thomas Doyel placed third in the 50 free and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle. The Packers took 11th at the state meet with 95 points.