Jake’s take on sports

Williston just gets wilder


Posted on 8/23/14

By Jake Kulland

Let’s begin this week’s festivities by recapping a recent trip out to oil country.  We headed out that way for a mini Kulland family reunion, and as usual, the stories from the trip are endless.  The best news to say is that the roads are starting to slowly improve, due to constant construction.   A four lane expansion to Highway 85 from Williston to Watford City should be done sometime before winter.  I can’t tell you how big that project is for the Williston Basin.  Williston itself is building what is supposed to be the biggest Menard’s in the state, and they are planning a 180 million dollar convention center (complete with a 16 story hotel!).  Being a native of the area it is great to finally see some things happen that have been so desperately needed.  Crime is still a big problem (the latest story I hear is that thieves are robbing homes when the owners are out doing yard work, so homeowners are advised to lock their doors when they are mowing the lawn… wow), and the traffic still has to be seen to be believed, but still we can see some positives and hopefully those will only being to multiply.  One of my favorite quotes about oil country came recently, when someone new to the Basin said, “It’s kind of like Las Vegas out here, except you get all the crime and none of the fun.”  Now that’s not quite true (although sometimes it’s close), but they are working on making the western part of the state a place where someone would like to visit — it’s just going to take a lot of patience and time.

Fall Sports get rolling this week

This week marks the start of school in Langdon, which is Aug. 26. North Border schools will go the next day on Aug. 27.  The Cavalier school start date has been moved back to Sept. 2, due to construction delays in their 5.8 million dollar renovation project. With the start of school also means the start of fall high school sports.  The Langdon-Munich Cardinals football team will get their season underway at home Aug. 29 versus Belcourt.  With a nice mix of veteran and younger players, third year head coach Josh Krivarchka is excited to see his team in action, and so are we.  Meanwhile the North Border Eagles will start their year at Midway-Minto on Aug. 29.  Second year coach Tim Hartje will be helming the Eagles. Langdon-Munich and North Border are once again in the same region this year, Region 2A, along with teams from May-Port-C-G, Larimore, Park River, Midway-Minto, Lakota-Edmore-Dakota Prairie and North Prairie (Rolla-Rolette).  It should be another fun season of high school football for our area.  Meanwhile the Langdon-Munich Cross Country team will have their first meet of the year on Aug. 28 in Grand Forks.  In the preseason polls, Madison Gapp is ranked ninth in Class B Girls Individulals.

Braaten begins her second season with Lake Region State Volleyball

Langdon graduate Abbey Braaten has gotten her season off and running with the Lake Region State Volleyball team.  Abbey, listed as an outside hitter, will play with the Lady Royals at what is called the Ridgewater Tournament in Wilmar, MN Aug. 22-23, and Lake Region will have their first home match in Devils Lake against Presentation College Aug. 26, and versus Trinity Bible College Aug. 27. The Lady Royals are coached by Walhalla native Brigitte Freschette, who is in her second year coaching the team.  We hope that folks can get done to Devils Lake and cheer on Abbey in person and best of luck to Royals on a good season.

We will leave with a Vikings joke. As we say farewell this week, we will pass on a Minnesota Vikings joke sent in from Brad C. in Leroy, ND:  “Our Vikings are Super Bowl bound this year and here’s why… Minnesota has lots of bridges, and lots of water… So with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, it’s got to be a sign!”

Hahaha!  “See ya!” next week!