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Glenn Pursley, Published May 30 2012

West Fargo softball boasts family atmosphere with trio of sisters

West Fargo - Suffering only two losses this season – both to out-of-state teams – the West Fargo Packers have plenty of momentum heading into the North Dakota Class A state softball tournament today.

The Packers roster sports three sets of sisters with varsity experience.

Senior second baseman Brook Rheault, center fielder Katie Woodbury and outfielder Harle Andel are the older sisters.

Sophomore pitcher Brittany Rheault, junior left fielder Jolene Woodbury and freshman shortstop Paige Andel are the younger trio.

“It’s really fun having her on the team,” Brook Rheault said of Brittany. “It’s nice being a role model and being able to set goals for her, she knows how to act.”

Brook and Brittany Rheault have been playing softball together since they were 7 years old and enjoy the time spent on the field.

“I like it,” Brittany Rheault said. “We’re always here to talk to each other about how things are going and to push each other. Always having one person here for you no matter what really helps a lot.”

West Fargo’s head coach says each sister brings something special to the table.

“Everyone is a little different,” West Fargo head coach Pat Johnson said.

And while sibling rivalries could take hold of a team, Johnson said it doesn’t affect the Packers and how he sees things.

“I treat them all the same,” Johnson said. “They all get along and they are all teammates. It’s not sister-sister, they’re not doing that. They are all sisters on this team and everything is treated the same.”

West Fargo enters the state tournament as the No. 1 seed from the East after an impressive run last weekend at the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament, where the Packers shut out Fargo Davies, Valley City and Fargo North to claim the title and finish with a 15-0 record in the conference.

The Packers are 30-2 overall, losing to Minnesota schools North St. Paul and Irondale.

“We hope that we come out and we expect them to come out and play their best ball and make teams beat us by playing hard,” Johnson said. “(Like any other tournament), other teams are going to show up to play too. If we don’t win, we don’t win. But we go down playing our best ball.”


Forum reporter Glenn Pursley can be reached at (701) 241-5549


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