Cavalier County Sports History

The Langdon Cardinals boys track team finished a strong third in the Sioux Outdoor Relays held in Grand Forks…

Researched by Dennis Throndset

Posed June 10, 2013


The Langdon Cardinals boys track team finished a strong third in the Sioux Outdoor Relays held in Grand Forks. The Cardinals scored 35 ½ points behind Red River’s 62 ½ and Bagley’s 42 points. Doug Sturlaugson tied for second in the pole vault at 12’ which qualified him for state and set a new school record. Terry Howitz won both hurdle events. Mark Waind won the 440-yard dash, and the Sprint Medley team of Waind, Sturlaugson, Joe Dosmann, and Quentin Boe won that event and set a new school record.

Although the girls track team from Langdon won only two events, they eked out a victory at the Devils Lake Eagles track meet, defeating Grand Forks Red River by a 45-43 margin. The 440-yd Relay and the 880-yd. Relay were the two events the Cardinal girls won.

The Langdon Jaycees-sponsored shooters won the North Dakota State BB Gun Shooting Championship in Glenburn. They competed against 29 other teams from around the state. The team members were Ruth McGauvran, Corey Johnson, Jon Ronngren, Greg Schuler, Mark Soli, and Robbie McGauvran. Their instructor was Jim Ogilvie, and the coaches were Steve Olson, Ray Crea, Paul Saari, and Bill Bodelson. The team will now compete in the International BB Gun Championships in Sioux Falls, SD.

The Cardinal track team won the 57th Annual Devils Lake Rotary track meet. In doing so, the team qualified for four events at the state meet. Mark Waind gave top Grand Forks runner, Bob Newark, all he could handle but finished a close second in the 880 yard run. Newark’s time was 2:10.5 with Waind right behind at 2:01.7. This qualified for the state meet as did Terry Howitz in the long jump, low hurdles, and high hurdles. With his effort, Howitz was named the outstanding athlete at the meet.

Wayne Westphal, a Langdon coach and teacher, resigned his position in early May of 1997. Westphal had been on the Langdon staff since the fall of 1970. His basketball teams finished fifth and fourth in 1972 and 1973, respectively. His 1976 team lost both of their games at state. Westphal, a Mayville State graduate, was named to the All North Dakota College Athletic Conference basketball squad in 1967. After graduating from Mayville, he taught and coached at Wahpeton High School before signing at Langdon.

The Munich High School girls track team won the Peace Garden Conference Track Meet held at Devils Lake. The Magicianettes nosed out Rolette for first with 53 points. Dick won the long jump, Beck won the high jump, and the 880 yard relay team won that event. Border Central was paced by Penni Gage as she won the 200 M dash and the 400 M dash. For Hampden, Morstad won the 110 M low hurdles and Hermanson won the shot put. The Border Central boys finished third in the boys division. They won the 1600 M relay, and Weston won the high hurdles. Point totals in the girls division were Munich 53, Rolette 51 ½, Rock Lake 42, Border Central 36, Hampden 22, Egeland 21 ½, Sheyenne and Starkweather 6 each, and Willow City 3. The boys division was won by North Dakota School for the Deaf 66 points, Willow City 47 ½, Border Central 47, Rock Lake 34 ½, Bisbee 18, Sheyenne 16, Egeland 15, Munich 9, Hannah 6, Hampden 2.

The Langdon girls track team won their third straight Class A Northeast Region track meet by scoring 70 2/5 points. Devils Lake was second with 67 1/5 points. The Cards won five of the thirteen events. Carla Field, mile run; Kathi Hart, 110 hurdles; Pam Blanchard, Patti Olson, Julie Hall, and Harriet Farris, mile relay; Margaret Dietz, Joni Feasel, Kathi Hart, 880-yd relay; and Sue Gellner, shot put. State qualifiers were Carla Field, 880 run; Kathi Hart, 220 dash; Harriet Farris, Julie Hall, Joni Feasel, and Pam Blanchard, Sprint Medley relay; and Joni Dettler, discus. The girls track awards went to Sue Gellner, best field events; Carla Field, best distance; Harriet Farris, most improved; Joni Feasel, most spirit; Kathi Hart, most valuable; and Kathi Hart, most team points.

Special Olympics athletes took part in the track meet in Grand Forks. The participants and their events were Joanne Almond, first in 50-yd dash and softball throw; Bernice Fickert, second in long jump and third in the 440-yd dash; Lori Helt, first in softball throw; Leon Long, first in the standing long jump; Tim Love, second in the 50-yd dash and second in the long jump; Robert Narveson, first in softball throw and first in 50-yd dash; Carla Olson, second in 50-yd dash and third in the softball throw; Benedict Schill, first in the 220-yd dash and first in the long jump; Delray Towers, second in 220-yd dash and second in the long jump. The coaches were Beverly Westphal, Diane Reinhardt, and Deanna Blessum.

In the 1977 Northeast Region Class A track meet, the Langdon boys took third with 53 points. Grand Forks Red River won the meet with Carrington finishing second. Taking first for Langdon were Doug Sturlaugson in the pole vault (12’3”), Terry Howitz in the high jump (6’1 1/2”) and high hurdles (:15.5), the two-mile relay (8:49.2). The boys track awards went to Mark Waind, most valuable and most valuable middle distance; Danny Dosmann, most valuable distance; Quentin Boe and Terry Howitz, most valuable sprinters; Doug Sturlaugson, most valuable field events; and Tyler Witzel, most valuable junior high trackster.

In the Class A State Track Meet, the Cardinals scored six points. Terry Howitz cleared 6’3” in the high jump to finish in a tie for second place. By dong this, he set the school record which he had held at 6’1 1/2”. Mark Waind ran the 880-yd run in 1:59.06 which was a school record, breaking the record held by 1967 graduate Kent Krom. He placed third in the event. Minot won the Class A for the fourth year in a row. Bowman won the B side.

Playing at the Roxy in Langdon was “Network” starring Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, Beatrice Straight, Sophia Loren, and William Holden.

Leading the country charts at this time in 1977 was “Luckenbach, Texas” by Waylon Jennings was on the charts at #1 for six weeks.

“Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder was on top of the pop charts. It had a three-week run in that spot.


The boys and girls track teams from Langdon both competed in the Grand Forks Service Club meet at Cushman Field in Grand Forks. Langdon’s girls team finished second while the boys team ended in seventh place. The girls 1600 M relay team won that event. Cindy Fetsch won the 1600 M run and finished 2nd in the 3200 M run. Joann Chaput won the 3200 M run and was second in the 1600. Sally Field won the 800 M run. On the boys team, Brent Dunford was the top point-getter by finishing 3rd in the 300 M hurdles, 3rd in the 400 M dash, and 4th in the 200 M dash.

Tim Greene, a 1978 graduate of Langdon High School, is a pitcher on the roster of the North Dakota State University Bison. He recently pitched the team to a 9-3 victory over South Dakota State University. Greene only allowed six hits in the game.

Several Langdon Little Guy wrestlers participated in the National Federation Tournament to be held in Minneapolis. Others have qualified for the North Central Zone 5 AAU Tournament in Lincoln, NB. Chris Snortland, John Braaten, Jason Olson, and Eric Carlson had qualified for the Mpls Tourney while Snortland, Braaten, Olson, Carlson, Chris Gellner, Corey Gellner, Keith Mikkelsen, Derek Anderson, Wendell Olson, Brent Klein, Chad Harrington, Bill Brooks, Dean Agnes, Marty Mikkelsen, Steve Snortland, and Marshal Platz were to wrestle in Lincoln. Chris Snortland finished the season 29-2 and was a three-time AAU champion in North Dakota.

The Langdon Golf team listed 18 players on their team with seven of them being letter winners. The veterans were Dennis Pengilly, Dave Pengilly, Kevin Jordan, Jayson Green, Steve Gellner, and Jeff Gellner. Others out for the team were Troy MacDonald, Kent Swenson, Steve McDougall, Matt Koehmstedt, Nathan Almlie, Tracy Peterson, Nick Perius, Jeff Schneider, and Jay Larson.

The Langdon Jaycees sponsored another BB Gun team in the State Shoot in Dickinson. The team finished 11th out of 21 teams. On the state team were John Luhmann, Jeff Buchweitz, Darin Kaercher, Dwight Luhmann, Erick Roder, Brian Loewen, David McGauvran, and Craig Veer. The team’s coaches were Curtis Wenzel and Jim Salvaggio.

Brian Dunford, a 1982 graduate of Langdon High School, has been selected to play in the North-South Shrine football game to be held at the NDSU field in Fargo. Dunford, a running back, was named the Cardinals’ most valuable player in his senior year. He also receive all-conference recognition.

The Munich High School baseball team finished its season with a 13-6-1 record taking second place in the district tournament to Edmore. Members of the team were Scott Hall, Brad Westphal, Joe Martin, Sam Klein, Todd Martin, Tory Haugland, Todd Klein, Shawn Hall, Sherman Klein, Dan Boehmer, Rich Harpestad, and Danny Peebles. The coach was John Muckenhirn.

Doug Freije signed a letter of intent to play basketball and baseball at Mayville State College, according to Head Coach Gerry Kringlie. Freije helped Edmore to two consecutive second place finishes at the Class B state tourney. He also was a three-year regular on the Edmore baseball team.

The Langdon Golf team announced its awards for the 1982 season which was plagued by inclement weather, soggy courses, and terrible greens. Kevin Jordan – Most Valuable Player; Dave Pengilly – Most Improved Player; Steve Gellner – Lowest tournament score; Jayson Green – Lowest season handicap; Nathan Almlie – lowest junior high handicap; Tracy Peterson – lowest junior high score. The coach was Dwight Dietrich.

The Langdon girls track team won its eighth consecutive regional title at the North Star Regional in Devils Lake. The Langdon boys took fourth place in their division. Girls qualifying for the state meet were Joann Chaput in the 1600 M and 3200 M runs, 1600 M relay, and 3200 M relay; Rachael Nelson in the 100, 200, and 400 M dashes, 300 M hurdles, and the 3200 M relay; Jen Nuelle in the 800 and 1600 M relays; Sally Field in the 400 M dash, 800 M run, and the 800, 1600, and 3200 M relays; Judy Feasel in the 800 and 1600 M relays; Cindy Fetsch in the 1600 and 3200 M runs, and the 3200 M relay; Janelle Kram in the 1600 and 3200 M relays; Lorraine Ahlberg in the shot put; Karen Andrick in the discus; Gwen Rohde in the discus; and Kim Schneider in the javelin. The team took first with 151 points to second-place Valley City’s 130 ½ points.

Lisa Beck, a Munich High School graduate, recently was awarded the North Dakota State School of Science most valuable trackster. Beck won the indoor junior college title in the women’s high jump with a leap of 5’5” and now won the outdoor title in the high jump with a height of 5’ 6 ½.” She had also qualified for the nationals in the long jump, 200 M and 400 M dashes, and in the 1600 M relay. A foot injury prevented her from taking part in any of the events except the high jump.

Marwood Klein, an Alsen High School graduate, made the all-conference baseball team at Tabor College as a catcher. The coach at the school was named Coach of the Year in the conference.

Marty Bredeson, a former Langdon athlete who transferred to Custer High School in Miles City, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the Miles City Community College. Bredeson was the top point-getter and a consistent rebounder at Custer the past two years.

Nancy Peebles, a senior at Border Central High School, has enjoyed a great track season in her senior year. She qualified for state in the 100 M hurdles and the 300 M hurdles. She brought home the third place trophy in the 100 M hurdles. She also competed in an All-Star meet in Minot where all participants must have placed in an event at state. Nancy, despite tough competition, finished 2nd in the 100 M hurdles.

“Death Wish II” was playing at the Roxy Theatre in Langdon. It starred Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Vincent Gardenia, J. D. Cannon, and Larry Fishburne.

The top song on the pop charts was “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder. It topped the charts for seven weeks in 1982.

If you were a “little bit” country in 1982, you were listening to “For All the Wrong Reasons” by the Bellamy Brothers, Howard & David.