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New football plan out for 2015-16

Republican

Posted on 9/20/14

By Jake Kulland

Let’s begin this week by telling you that the new plan for high school football is out for the 2015-16 seasons. The North Dakota High School Activities Association puts out a new plan every two years, and this time around there are many changes. Langdon-Munich is staying in Region 2A 11 Man football, although believe it or not the numbers are getting small enough where there actually was a possibility or moving down to 9 Man (How crazy is that?). The Cardinals will not the smallest team enrollment wise in the new Class A division, but it’s close. Langdon-Munich opted to stay up in 11 Man football, along with five other teams.  Langdon-Munich will now play in a six team Region 2A with Park River-Fordville-Lankin, Lakota-Edmore-Dakota Prairie, Larimore, Harvey-Wells County and Rugby. There will be four six team regions for Class A, with 24 teams total.  When asked about the new alignment, Cardinals head coach Josh Krivarchka said, “The new plan has a little more travel time for us, but overall it’s not too bad. The new looks to be a very competitive one… the Cardinals look forward to the challenge as we will have to bring our “A” game every Friday night. Leaving Region 2A next to go to 9 Man football are North Border, North Prairie, Midway-Minto and May-Port-C-G (!). North Border will move into Region 2 9 Man football with Cavalier Midway-Minto, Drayton-Valley-Edinburg, New Rockford-Sheyenne, North Star and Thompson. There will be six regions of 9 Man next year. Langdon-Munich’s numbers (the classes for North Dakota football are measured by male school enrollment) are expected to go up a bit in the future, so staying up in the 11 Man ranks is probably the right choice rather than yo-yo back and forth. This years Cards will complete a three game road trip Sept. 26 at Larimore before coming home to play North Border Oct. 3.

Langdon to have a home Cross Country meet Sept. 22.

The Langdon-Munich Cross Country teams will have their only home meet of the season Sept. 22 at the Langdon Country Club. Runners from as many as nine teams are expected to participate. The Cardinals runners have been doing well as of late, and Madison Gapp has been consistently ranked in the top 10 for girls individual runners in the latest state polls.  For the team and the parents and fans that follow them, it will feel awesome to only have to drive a mile and a half for a meet. Everyone is welcome to come out to the course and take in the action.

The good times for McKenzie Hart keep on coming

Langdon native and UND junior McKenzie Hart has been getting more accolades playing with the UND volleyball team. Hart, who took over the libero position this season, won the MVP honors in the UND Classic Tournament a couple of weeks ago, and now is making noise on national stage.  As of this writing, is ranked sixth in the nation in digs, with 229. Now this ranking includes all Division 1 NCAA schools, including Texas, USC, Alabama, you name it.  It’s very cool to see her name amogst the best college volleyball players in the country. We wish Kenzie continued success!

NDSU keeps rolling with a local flavor

The NDSU Bison keep on thundering towards a fourth straight FCS football championship, and we are now happy to report that two former Langdon-Munich Cardinals are involved in the success.  Senior linebacker and four year starter Travis Beck is tied for the team lead in tackles with 18, and he leads the team in passes broken up with four. And Colter Pritchard got into his first game with the Bison against Incarnate Word of San Antonio Texas, getting in the three plays in the blowout NDSU win.  Just to see Colter in a Bison uniform and see him get some game action is beyond awesome. He has worked his tail off (As has Travis) to get to where he is, and we hope he and Travis’ good times keep getting bigger and better.

Thankfully we don’t have time to talk about the Adrian Peterson mess this time around… “See ya!” next week!