Jake’s Take on Sports

Last ever Langdon-Magic Storm game, Blades Babes second straight title and an epic Region 4 boys championship game highlight the homestretch of the winter sports season

Posted on 3/8/14

By Jake Kulland

Not sure where to begin with this, but in less than a week we saw some fantastic sporting events for the winter sports season. It started with the championship of the Region 4 Boys Basketball Tournament in Devils Lake, where the North Star Bearcats came back numerous times to win the title game over favored Four Winds-Minnewaukan in double overtime. We broadcast one the greatest Class B Boys Basketball games ever played, as Bearcats center Alex Weston hit two huge 3-pointers, one at the end of regulation and one at the end of double OT to send North Star to state (although they were helped out by three critical missed free throws by the Indians). Congratulations to them and the Cavalier Tornadoes, who won their second straight Region 2 boys b ball title with some stifling defense, on representing our area at the State B Tournament in Grand Forks held at the Alerus Center March 6-8. Then on March 2 the Langdon Blades girls hockey team won their second straight A2 girls title with a win over MayPort by a score of 4-0 in the championship. While there were just six teams in tourney, Langdon played great in not losing a game on their way to title. Congratulations to coach Dan Fischer and the team on bringing home another first place trophy. The big time icing on our winter sports cake was the final meeting ever between the Langdon Cardinals and the Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm in a region qualifying game of the 2014 District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament in Langdon March 3. The two teams played before a capacity crowd and both teams strived hard to get the win, which went to the Magic Storm 60-55. Starkweather-Munich now advances to the Region 4 Tournament in Devils Lake, where they will play Carrington at 3 p.m. March 10. Just great fun and excitement all around.

Many end of the year awards to report

With winter sports coming to an end, many Cavalier County athletes have received end of the year honors. Let’s begin with boys basketball where Lucas Dick of the Munich-Starkweather Magic Storm boys basketball team was named Region 4 Senior Athlete of the Year. Luke will now be up for state athlete honors, and rumor has that he will be healthy for the upcoming track season, and we hear that he is planning on walking on to the NDSU Men’s Basketball team at the urging of Bison coaches. How cool is that. The Langdon Blades junior gold hockey team put three players on that All-State team. Senior Landan Tollefson got named to the All-State first line, while senior Wolfgang Davis and junior Dalton Fetsch were named All-State at defenseman and forward respectively. And the All-District 8 Girls Basketball Team has been announced. Senior Brenna Downs of Langdon and junior Kaylee Anderson of Starkweather-Munich were named to the squad. Allie Heisler of North Star was District 8 Senior Athlete of the Year and Sherri Miller was District 8 Coach of the Year. A very big congratulations to all kids, all well earned and deserved honors.

Langdon Area Basketball Camp to begin March 10

A large number of kids in grades 1-4 have signed for the annual Langdon Area Spring Basketball Camp, which will be held March 10-April 17 on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:45-5 p.m. at the Langdon Activity Center. At last count over 60 kids (!) have signed up between the Langdon Elementary, St. Alphonsus and Munich schools. If your child has not signed up yet, the organizers of the event tell there is still time. Forms are available at the activity center, and you can even sign you kid up the first day of camp on March 10. Thanks to the TR Waind Insurance Agency, Mostad Insurance Services and the Langdon Eagles Club for generous donations to make this camp free for all those attending, and for the Skilcoach basketballs that every child in the camp will receive free of charge. You can’t beat the price so we encourage parents to get your child signed up if they haven’t already. For more infomation contact Dustin Brodina at 331-1882 or Lane Christianson at 370-1413 for more information.

Old Timers hockey tournament planned for March 15-16

Dakota Spirit Arena will have one last tournament this season, in what’s officially called the 3rd Annual Langdon International Cup. It’s a tourney that will have players involved of all ages, from college age on up. The tourney will held March 15-16, with play beginning at 10 a.m. each day. There will be five teams involved this year, from Rugby, Park River, Carsyle MB and an old timers and a young timers team from Langdon. The tournament managers wanted to put thank yous out to the Langdon Eagles Club, the main sponsor for the event, along with Sporty’s, Witzel Construction, the Hickory Hut and Mostad Insurance Services for their support of the tournament. A tourney social will be held at the Eagles March 15 as part of their St. Patricks Day Party. And we understand that Ryan “Hot Sauce” Howatt, who played minor hockey this season with the Swan Lake Cougars of the Tiger Hills Hockey League, will available to sign autographs at the Eagles that night from 7-9 p.m. Spectators are welcome to come out and watch the games as well.

And finally, track season starts this week !?!

Yes you read that correctly, the Langdon Area Track Team is planning on taking some athletes over to Belcourt to attend the 1st Annual Turtle Mountain Track Meet that will be held March 11 at the brand new TMBCI-Byron Dorgan Youth Wellness Center. Crazy how one sport season just flows in another.

“See ya!” next week!