Cavalier County Sports History


The Grafton Spoilers lived up to their nickname and ruined the season opener for the Langdon Cardinals in Langdon, 66-34.

Posted on 1/4/14

By Dennis Throndset

After trailing 20-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Cards were never able to recover. In the early polls, Grafton has been ranked third in the state among Class B teams. No Langdon player was able to hit for double figures, but Ashley Hall had eight and Haley Breyer 7. Samantha Baldwin led the Spoilers with 15. Playing on the Langdon varsity this year were Haley Breyer, Brooke Dettler, Ashton Fischer, Janae Klindt, Kay Krahn, Megan Ratzlaff, Courtney Becker, Ashley Hall, Kelsey Thielbar, and Rachael Bachman Coaching the team were Gary Schauer, Keith Lorenz, and Rich Rogers. The cheerleaders were Amanda Chilcoat, Carlye Fischer, Leah Howatt, Samantha Hoyt, Alison Stariha, and Erika Stein. Their advisor was Susan Faye Crockett. The team statistician was Laci Samuelson.

The Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm opened their season with the Lake Region Invitational Tournament in Devils Lake. They defeated Adams-Edmore in the opening round, 44-43. No scoring totals were written. In the semifinals, the Magi dropped a game to the Lakota Raiders, 47-37. For third place, Dakota Prairie took the Magic Storm to the cleaners with a 59-30 win. Members of the Magic Storm were Carly Werner, Kristina Nielsen, Katie Hoffmann, Elise Dick, Katrina Hall, Keely Heppner, Jacqui Dammen, Lexi Dick, Logan Dick, Amber Logie, Kallyn Klein, Brittany Wirth, Ali Mueller, and Kathryn Kram. Kevin Bennefeld and Marci Logie were coaching the girls.

The Langdon Blades split their first two games of the season; defeating May-Port, 6-1, and losing to the Grand Forks Stallions, 3-2, in double overtime. Langdon’s goals against GF were scored by Jake Klingbeil and Cale Borho. Versus May-Port, Jake Klingbeil scored four goals to pace the Blades. Ben Hoffarth and Collin Olson scored the other goals. Members of the Blades were Kyle Witzel, Tanner Romfo, Jake Klingbeil, Ben Hoffarth, Cale Borho, Lee Howes, Collin Olson, Caleb Veer, Dillon Saari, Brady Crockett, Drew Simmons, Brenyn Otto, and Russell Hiltner. The team was coached by Pete Klingbeil.

The Langdon Area Cardinals boys basketball team were coached by Travis Jordan and Harley Brown. The varsity and junior varsity roster were made up of Justin Overby, Eric Schauer, Jesse Zeis, Alex Chaput, Nick Schaefer, Tyler Bata, Jadyn Smith, Dalen Smith, Elliot Stewart, Jon Dinius, Justin Anderson, Karson Fisk, Michael Geisen, Trevor Schill, Keaton Mikkelsen, Karson Fisk and Dylan Crockett. The student managers were Deelia Gage, Jade Albrecht, and Morgan Ullyott. The cheerleaders were the same as were listed for the girls basketball team above.

The Munich-Starkweather Magic Storm boys basketball team was ranked the pre-season favorite in Region IV. They returned four starters from the previous year in Ethan Dick, Chris Beck, Riley Beck, and Richard Wright. Other boys working to make the team were Riley Beck, Trevor Schommer, Alex Anderson, Chad Spenst, Brandon Hoffman, Blake Klein, Ben Tohm, Matthew Kitsch, Kyle McConnell, Trevor Darling, and Lance Logie. Jonathan Wirth was their coach, and he was assisted by Jonathan Erickstad.

Other early season games went like this:


Munich-Starkweather 73, Four Winds 66 – Wright 20, R Beck 16, T Beck 13, A Anderson 11

Grafton 68, Langdon 51 – E Schauer 14, A Chaput 12, N Schaefer 10; G – A Kliniske 18

Langdon 60, Cavalier 42 – J Overby 16, J Zeis 15; Garrett Brown 12


Rolette-Wolford 32, S-M 21 – No scoring totals

S-M 50, Wells County 32 – No scoring totals

Langdon Area 84, St. John 39 – H Breyer 21, C Becker 15 K Krahn 10, B Dettler

New Rockford-Sheyenne 57, Langdon Area 44 – Engels 19; J Klindt 10

Langdon Area 48, Lakota 40 – C Becker 14, H Breyer 10; Haugland 12

The Langdon Blades liked the idea of having home ice and downed two teams over the weekend. They outscored Crosby, 7-5, and Grand Forks Stallions, 9-7. Scoring goals against Crosby were Ben Hoffarth (2), Kyle Witzel, Tanner Romfo, Cale Borho, Dillon Saari, and Brenyn Otto. Versus GF, the goals were scored by Jake Klingbeil (3), Ben Hoffarth (4), others not listed but Hoffarth and Brenyn Otto each had three assists on the day. Drew Simmons had 18 saves.


Hoopster Classic – Hazen 63, Langdon 32 – J Zeis 16, A Chaput 10; C Brinkman 14

Hoopster Classic – Langdon 66, Standing Rock 54 – J Overby 21, J Zeis 16, E Schauer 13, A Chaput 11

Magic Storm 71, Harvey 42 – No scoring totals


Bottineau 53, Langdon 52 (OT) – S Knife 15; K Krahn 13, J Klindt 12, C Becker 12 Bottineau was rated #1 in the state poll at the time.

Hoopster Classic – Kindred 41, Langdon 40 – K Krahn 15

Hoopster Classic – Bowman County 50, Langdon 35 – H Breyer 15

Harvey 40, Magic Storm 38 – no scoring totals

Langdon 46, Magic Storm 44 – H Breyer 20, J Klindt 11, C Becker 11; B Wirth 20

“Enchanted” was playing at the Roxy in Langdon. It starred Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, and Susan Sarandon.

“No One” by Alicia Keys was the #1 song in pop music in late 2007.

The country charts boasted of “Letter to Me” by Brad Paisley.



The Clyde Orioles picked up their third win of the young season as they throttled Hansboro, 79-34. D. Westphal had 24, and K. Westphal had 18 to lead the Orioles. In the preliminary, the Clyde girls downed the Hansboro girls, 30-13.

The St. Alphonsus Saints held off a furious rally by the Walhalla Eagles to pick up their first win of the year, 48-46. The Saints led 34-15 at the half before the surge by the Eagles. Leon Dosmann’s 23 points led the team. Merlyn Larson had 24 for Walhalla.

Ron Peterson scored the winning basket with four seconds remaining to propel Langdon High to a 55-53 victory over Milton. Peterson had game honors with 21 points. Jim Mountain added 12. For the Meteors, Roger Asmundson had 23 and Jay Olson threw in 16.

Alsen ran roughshod over Calvin, 73-32, in a game played in Alsen. Dennis Spenst had 29 for the Broncos while Dennis Schmiess added 16. Gilbert Herbel was also in double figures with 12. David Crockett had 13 to lead the Midgets.

The Milton Meteors defeated the Osnabrock Orioles, 49-32, in a Tri-County Conference game at Milton. Roger Asmundson had 24 to lead the team scoring. Harold Petterson had 16 for the Orioles.

Fairdale was scheduled to host a holiday girls basketball tournament for four local teams on December 30 and 31. Adams will play Fairdale to open the event. Brocket and Gilby will play in the other tilt.

Clyde was also scheduled to host a four-team girls holiday tournament. Calvin faced Lawton and Clyde met Rock Lake in the other first round game.

The Langdon Curling Club will play host to a local bonspiel which started on December 26, 1957. Each team was guaranteed three games with the entry fee set at $4 per team. John Bergman was the club president.

Crystal defeated Nekoma, 53-42, in a Tri-County Conference basketball game. Dietrich had 21 for the Bulldogs. Frank Wohletz and Curtis Myhre were in double figures for the Trojans with 16 and 10, respectively.

The Sarles Spartans slipped by the Hannah, 67-55, in a game played at Sarles. Leading the way for Sarles were J. Barker with 25 and George with 23. Ronald Nelson had 20 for Hannah. Also in double figures were Gail Hodgins with 13 and Alex Hamilton with 12.

Wales handled Hansboro, 67-33, in a Great Northern Conference basketball game in Wales. David Thompson scored 25 to lead the Bluejays. Richard Thompson added 17 and Larry Kempel 11.

Hannah defeated Munich in a GN Conference game played at Hannah. The final score was 56-44. Ronnie Nelson had 25 to lead all scorers. Bernardy led Munich with 16. R. Hall added 14.

A huge third quarter by the Langdon Cardinals spelled doom for the Osnabrock Orioles as they fell to the Cards, 67-55. In that quarter, the Cards outscored the Orioles, 21-7. Ronnie Peterson scored 30 for the winning team. Jerome French had 26 for Osnabrock.

Over the holidays in 1957, the adults were not lacking for entertainment. There were nine dances held in the county over a nine-day period with three of them falling on December 27th.

The Munich High School girls basketball team defeated Rock Lake, 35-28. Scoring for Munich were Colleen Wirth 17, Mildred Schuler 11, Joanne Schuler five, and Elaine Schuler two

The Arcadia Theater in Hannah showed a free movie during the holidays. The movie shown was “Heidi and Peter.” Owners of the theater were Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Pflaum and Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Pflaum of Hannah.

Playing at the Roxy in Langdon in the new year was “Oklahoma” starring Gordon McRae, Gloria Grahame, Shirley Jones, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore, and Rod Steiger.

The top song in country and western music, a term used until late 1962, was “Young Love” by Sonny James.

On the pop scene, #1 was “At the Hop” by Danny and the Juniors.