Jake’s take on sports

The height of nervous breakdown season

Posted on 2/22/14

By Jake Kulland

We start this week by about to get to the heart of tournament season for our area. Many winter sports will be winding down this week, beginning with the Region 4 Boys Basketball Tournament starting things off, running Feb. 24-27 in Devils Lake. This is the first time that we can remember that neither Langdon or Munich-Starkweather will competing in the tourney. I guess that’s reason number 206 why the teams are co-oping in boys hoops next year. The State Junior Gold Hockey Tournament gets underway in Crosby Feb. 27 and runs through March 1. Although brackets were not set yet at presstime, it appeared that the Langdon Blades will be the fourth seed in the tourney and will play the Grand Forks Stallions at 12:30 p.m. in the first round on Feb. 27. You can hear all of the Blades games from Crosby on KNDK 1080. The State Girls 19U Tournament will be held in Fargo Feb. 28-March 2 but brackets weren’t set for that yet either. Langdon gets the honor of hosting the District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament for the first time in many years. It will run Feb. 28-March 3. A complete bracket of that tourney can be found in this weeks Republican. You can here ever game from the District 8 Tournament on 95.7, KNDK-FM. This is about as crazy as a week gets for local sports all year, and we will do our best to cover it all.

Boys basketball comes to and end for Cavalier County teams

We have some unfortunate news to report this week, as both Langdon and Munich-Starkweather saw their boys basketball seasons come to an end in the District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament which was held in Rolla Feb. 14-17. Both squads played two games in the tourney, but could not get the wins they needed to advance to regionals. Langdon ended their season at 0-21, and from we have been told it’s the first time a Cardinals team has been winless on the year. It certainly isn’t the way the team wanted it, as players and coaches worked hard all season to get a “W”, but it just didn’t happen. We still congratulate seniors Kade Pengilly, Rudy Kakela and Josh Filip on their dedication throughout the years with the Langdon program, and showing some guts for pushing on through this season, which I’m sure was not easy. And a big congratulations to Kade for named to the All-District 8 team.

Munich-Starkweather played their last game as a co-op Feb. 17 with a loss to Benson County in a region qualifying game. The Magic Storm boys basketball co-op, which has spanned 20 years, has come to and end. Congratulations to seniors Lucas Dick, Dilan Peebles, Mitch Kreklau and Matt Plemel on fine boys basketball careers, and to Luke for being named District 8 Senior Athlete of the Year. Lucas ends a long line of athletes from the entire Dick family in Munich, at least until the next generation starts.

And while we sad to see all of these seniors go, there is excitement at the same time to what the future brings. There are some talented underclassmen that will be back from both schools, along with a big freshman class of players. What everyone needs to remember is preparation for next season has to get started before the first practice in November. Hopefully the guys coming back will but in the necessary work to make for a competitive team next season.

“See ya!” next week!