Jake’s Take on Sports

Rolling through tournament time

Posted on 3/1/14

By Jake Kulland

Here we go to visit with you this week, and we are smack dab in the middle of winter sports tournaments. As we write, the State Junior Gold Hockey Tournament in going on in Crosby, and Langdon was leading in their first game against Grand Forks with still a ways to go. The District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament is being held in Langdon for the first time in around 10 years, Feb. 28-March 3. We encourage you to come out and support this event, as this tourney may not be held in Langdon for a number of years after. Langdon does have the District 8 Boys Tournament back next year, however. The Region 4 Boys Basketball Tournament is concluding in Devils Lake Feb. 27 with the North Star Bearcats playing Four Winds-Minnewaukan for the title and the right to go to the State B Tournament in Grand Forks, which will be held at the Alerus Center March 6-8. It’s the Bearcats sixth straight appearence in the regional final. Cavalier was also trying to make it back to the state tourney, as they played Grafton for the Region 2 title Feb. 28. We look forward to some great games coming down the stretch of the winter sports season.

Perius to be inducted into ND Officials Hall of Fame

We need to give a huge shout out to longtime Langdon official Tom Perius. Tom has selected along with five other gentlemen from across the state to be inducted into the North Dakota Officials Hall of Fame. There will be a ceremony for Tom and others on championship night of the State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament in Grand Forks March 8. There will be a reception for Perius following the induction ceremony at the CanAd Inn. While we have reported on this before, it’s worth mentioning again. Perius is in his 43rd (!!) season as an active baseball and basketball official. He has umpired 28 North State Baseball Tournaments, and has officiated in three Class B Boys Basketball State Tournaments. Congrats again to Tom, and all of his many friends and colleagues are welcome to celebrate with him at the reception the night of March 8.

Langdon Lady Cards junior varsity team completes a great year

We need to recognize the Langdon Cardinals junior varsity girls basketball team this week. They finished a great season with a win at Edmore Feb. 21, to end with a record of 18-3. That is the best record of any winters sports teams in Cavalier County this season. Coach Harley Brown said, “The girls worked hard all season. We were short on players at the end due to some injuries, but some eighth graders stepped and played very well. Coach Askvig and I are now looking forward to a great future of girls basketball with the new co-op with Munich. I just wanted to thank the girls JV for a fun season.” Congratulations to the young Lady Cards on a great year, and the future of the program does indeeed seem bright.

Vintage Snowmobile Ride cancelled

Well as you all know, the weather just refuses warm up. The morning of Feb. 27 the low temperature at the Langdon Research Center of -28F. Now that’s cold, even for us here in the tundra. Being these cold temps are hanging around, the organizers of the annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride from Nekoma to Langdon have decided to cancel the event. They may reschedule, and we will let you know if that happens. Too bad the cold has ruined a fun day for many in the area.

“See ya!” next week!