Pool is a reporter for The West Fargo Pioneer covering city sports and community news. He was the sports editor for The Dickinson Press covering Dickinson State athletics, high school athletics and Southwest Speedway. He graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. You can reach him by phone at 701-451-5715 or tweet him @CPoolReporter.
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Jamie Berg-Gramer was named West Fargo Public Schools Director of Special Education and started in the role on July 2. Berg-Gramer has been a special education coordinator for the school district since 2012.
Jackson Walker, Ayden Schmidt, Jacob Dosch, Alex Misheski and Tyler Lies with adults Pat Walker, Mike Misheski and Paul Dosch of West Fargo Boys Scout Troop 279 recently went to the Florida Keys for Sea Base, a National High Adventure Camp. The group went sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island and fishing. They also participated in deep-sea fishing, sailing, parasailing and paddle-boarding, explored the city of Key West, ate some fresh seafood, enjoyed an afternoon at the beach and went snorkeling several times in a week's time.
Alex Sell played the Shrine Bowl all-star football game not because of the game but to show support for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Still, he and other players from West Fargo had significant contributions as the East defeated the West 35-12 in the 11-man Shrine Bowl all-star game on Saturday, July 14, at Sid Cichy Stadium. "There was no doubt in our minds," Sell said. "We knew we needed to step up our game and we brought it to them."
West Fargo's Joe Pistorius drove down the lane and drew defensive attention. Almost seemingly ready for that, the Class A senior athlete of the year passed it off to West Fargo Sheyenne's Kemal Hajric for a wide open layup. Even if they were rivals for their entire high school careers, the Class A starting five for the Lions All-Star basketball series had chemistry right away.
Elijah Charles doesn't know who's playing in the Shrine Bowl all-star football game yet, nor does he even want to know, it adds to the excitement for him. Charles does know he'll be playing alongside former West Fargo Sheyenne teammate Koby Pearson-Bortle. Don't tell Charles, but he'll also be playing alongside former rival West Fargo's Alex Sell and Andy Gravdahl in the North Dakota Shrine Bowl 11-man all-star game at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Fargo Shanley's Sid Cichy Stadium.
WEST FARGO—Fargo Post 2 loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning on Friday, July 6. Morgan Kapaun worked himself out of that jam without allowing a single run. In fact, for the first four innings, Post 2 got a runner in scoring position but had nothing to show for it.
A.J. Hofer has owned restaurants before, but his Jersey Mike's Subs location is his and North Dakota's first. And it won't be the last. Hofer's Jersey Mike's in West Fargo located at 833 24th Ave. is set to open Wednesday, June 27. This is the first of three locations Hofer has lined up to open in the metro area, with the other locations still to be determined. "It's long hours, a lot of work and a lot of little things that need to be done just to pull it all together," Hofer said. "But it truly is worth it in the end."
Seljon Akhmedli sometimes has difficulty with geometry problems. But one way or another, the upcoming sophomore at West Fargo Sheyenne usually finds a way to work through any problem. She learned that ability from her father, Azer Akhmedov, a math professor at North Dakota State. At just 14 years old, Akhmedli has taken calculus classes at NDSU and passed them with flying colors. She'll be taking several more classes at NDSU this coming school year and could almost get enough math classes completed required to earn a a degree by the time she's done with high school.
West Fargo Park District recreation manager Lance Belisle has seen summer activities in the park district grow exponentially the past few years. And that's great, he says, but that doesn't mean it doesn't come with challenges.
Growing up, Kierra Freih always wanted to play in the annual North Dakota Lions all-star basketball series. Now other girls from West Fargo Sheyenne will watch her as she plays in the game as her program's pioneer. Freih will be among the Class A senior all-stars to play in the Lions all-star series, which matches Class A seniors from this past season against Class B seniors, on July 9 at Bismarck Legacy and July 10 at the Fargo Civic Center. The girls games will start at 6 p.m. followed by the boys games.