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Missed you last week

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Posted on 12/6/14

By Jake Kulland

Let’s get underway this week by apologizing about not being here last week.  My Dad suffered what was thought to be a mild heart attack while he was attending the North Dakota Farmers Union convention in Fargo Nov. 22.  We were broadcasting from the State Class B Volleyball Tournament at the time, and literally went right from the Minot Dome to Fargo after broadcasting North Star’s state tournament win in the tourney.  Being at the hospital for most of the next two days did not allow enough time to get the column written.  Thanks to everyone who offered their prayers and support for my Dad (And not a lot of people knew about it).  “Big Poppa” as he is nicknamed is back in Williston after passing every test they could think of to give him.  They still aren’t sure if it was a heart attack, a slight stroke, a seizure or something else.  And as just about everyone has told us, it’s a very good thing that this happened in Fargo.  We have a lot to talk about sports wise this week, so let’s get after it…

Travis Beck suffers season ending injury with NDSU

I trust that almost all of you have heard the news that Travis Beck, a senior on the NDSU football team, tore his Achilles tendon in a Bison win over Youngstown State on Senior Day Nov. 22.  The play, as it often seems to happen, did not look that serious at the time.  Everyone thought he may have re-aggravated an ankle injury that had been bothering him.  But it did turn out to much more serious, as the Achilles injury abruptly ended the four year starter’s Bison career.  As for how he has been doing, let’s hear it from Travis himself – “I’m doing good, a week out of surgery (Nov. 25, to repair the tendon) now.  I’ll be in a cast for another week then a walking boot probably.  But all in all I’m doing good, it’s just going to take some time.”  Well he certainly sounds positive which is awesome considering he won’t be able to play in what the Bison hope will be their fourth championship run in a row.  NDSU coach Chris Klieman believes that Travis can play pro football, so with a solid rehab hopefully some team, NFL or CFL will give him a shot.  He will finish 10th all-time for the Bison with 308 total tackles (He could have possibly gotten to as high as fourth if he could’ve played in the playoffs), and seventh all-time in unassisted tackles with 128.  We wish Travis the best of luck as he recovers from the Achilles injury, and best of luck to the Bison in the playoffs.

Hart girls both get postseason awards

We need to recognize sisters McKenzie and Madi Hart for winning postseason honors for with their college and high school volleyball teams.  McKenzie was named the 2014 Big Sky Conference libero of the year.  After taking over that position just the season, the UND junior had a school record 562 digs this season.  Madi made the Class B All-State team as a sophomore, just like McKenzie, who made high school all-state as a sophmore, junior and senior.  Madi had team highs for the Langdon-Munich Cardinals this year in kills with 348, aces with 128 (which is fourth all-time for the Cards), and digs with 390.  Congratulations to both Hart’s, it’s unbelivably rare and cool to see two sisters get such great honors in college and high school in the same season.  And Madi now makes it three Hart sisters who made all-state, as oldest sister Taylor also did made in her senior year.

Boys hoops on the horizon

Dec. 13 is the day the all new Langdon-Munich boys basketball co-op will get underway.  The new look Cardinals will play their first game of the season Dec. 13 at Thompson in an afternoon matchup.  Kyle Knutson is back to coach the Cardinals in his second season, and he assisted this year by Tim Polanski from Munich and new Langdon teacher Derek Grahn.  We’ll have more on this next week.

Temps possibly in the 40’s this week?  Let’s dream of a Green Christmas, and “See ya!” next week!