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Cards win!  Cards win!

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Posted on 2/7/15

By Jake Kulland

Let’s start this week by congratulating the Langdon-Munich Cardinals boys basketball team on ending a long losing streak, beating Midkota 57-39 on Feb. 3. The win is the first for the Langdon side of the co-op since 2013, a run of 35 games. The last time the Langdon Cardinals won a boys basketball game was in a loser out game of the District 8 boys basketball tournament in Langdon in late February of 2013, and if you remember it (we barely do) was on a miracle shot at the buzzer by Kalton Agnes from three quarter court to beat Rolla. It’s been from then until now that we can finally say the Cardinals won a boys game.  Now it’s not that the boys haven’t been working hard to end this streak, they certainly have.  But tough breaks and just plain luck has haunted the Cards these last couple of seasons. We can not tell how awesome it was to see the smile on the faces of the team, especially senior Lucas Mikkelsen, who along with junior Erik Aanderud has been through this streak the longest. Now from a Munich standpoint the streak only lasted 13 games.  We aren’t even sure if you can call it a 35 game losing streak, being 13 games were played with a new co-op. Anyway congrats to the Cards and to coach Kyle Knutson, who got his first career win. This win is for the whole program, for alumni like Kade Pengilly and Rudy Kakela who went through the tough year last season, and so people will stop asking/talking about it so much. Way to go Cards!

District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament set

Very hard to believe but the postseason for winter sports is here. The 2015 District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament kicks everything off, as it will be held Feb. 13-16 at the North Star school in Cando. Langdon-Munich is seeded third in the tourney, behind North Star and Rolette-Wolford, and they will play Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. versus Dunseith. A complete bracket can be found in this weeks Republican. Meanwhile they are now district tournaments out east this year. North Border and Cavalier are in what’s called “Super Region 2”, and in lieu of a district tournament, instead the top three teams will advance to the Region 2 Tournament, with the others playing into the tourney. Those play-in games will be held across the area on Feb. 20. Meanwhile Lakota-Edmore is the top seed in District 7. That tournament will be played in New Rockford, with the Raiders getting a bye in the first round, playing 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 against the winner Four Winds-Minnewaukan and Warwick. They are trying to get back to state for the third straight year. Good luck to all area teams in the postseason.

Langdon Blades to finish regular season with three home games

The Langdon Blades junior gold hockey lost their latest game at Crosby 13-1 on Jan. 31. And after playing at MayPort Feb. 8, the Blades will have a nice homestand to close out their regular season, at home versus Crosby Feb. 15, then at Dakota Spirit Arena against MayPort Feb 21, and against Fargo Feb. 22. The Blades are currently in seventh place in the junior gold league, and they hope to get some wins in their final regular season games to move up the standings. Hopefully some nice crowds will come out and cheer them on with their last couple of home games. This years State Junior Gold Tournament will be held in Mayville this year, March 5-7.

Elvis is coming

We will leave you this week by reminding folks that an Elvis Presley Tribute Show is coming to the Langdon Eagles Club for Valentine’s Day Feb. 14. “ERock” Elvis is coming up all the way from Kansas City for the show, and you can google his stage name and find some of his recent performances. His has an awesome voice, and it should be a great show. There will also be supper before the show at the Eagles that night, call 256-3300 for more information. Hail to the King!

“See ya!”  next week!