Jake’s take on sports

The height of nervous breakdown season is here


Posted on 2/21/15

By Jake Kulland

Tournament time is at its peak in the coming week ahead, as a number tournaments run back to back.  The Region 4 Girls Basketball Tournament will begin in Devils Lake Feb. 23-26, followed the District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament to follow immediately following that Feb. 27-March 2 in Langdon.  Couple that with two junior gold hockey games at Dakota Spirit Arena the weekend of Feb. 21-22, and that’s 17 games we will broadcast in a little more than a weeks time (!).  It is one of the best times of the year for winter sports, and even though our voice is not 100 percent due to getting over a cold and some annual laryngitis, we will push on.  You can find brackets for both basketball tournaments in this weeks Republican, and we should have hockey brackets for you next week.

One heck of a District 8 Championship game
Fans on hand or listening on the radio won’t soon forget the championship game of the District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament between Langdon-Munich and North Star held in Cando Feb. 16.  It had everything — a huge, capacity crowd (including LOTS of Cardinals fans), memorable plays on both sides, bit shots, and last second drama.  These kinds of games are rare in high school sports anymore, as this was by far the closet game of the tourney, with North Star pulling out a two point win, 58-56.  We applaud the effort of all nine of the Lady Cards players who saw action in the game, and who all played big roles in making the game as close as it was.  The Lady Cards now move to the Region 4 Tournament, where they will play Harvey-Wells County at 7:30pm Feb. 23.  Both teams have identical records (15-7), so it should be another fun game to watch. Hopefully just as many of you will show up in Devils Lake as in Cando.

Langdon host their last varsity tournament for a year at least
The District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament will be held in Langdon as we mentioned above Feb. 27-March 2.  This will unfortunately be the last district tourney will host for awhile, as Rolla awarded the girls tourney and Dunseith the boys next season.  The way District 8 goes now geographically, it’s not a surprise that the teams out west got next years tournaments.  Let’s be honest, Dunseith, Rolette-Wolford, St. John and Rolla are all within 25 miles of each other, and each gets a vote on where the tournament will be held. We have heard that Dunseith has hosted the District 11 Tournament out west a number of different times, and the word is they do a great job hosting, and they do have a beautiful gym.  So Langdon is out for the 2015-16 school year for hosting district tournaments, but hopefully not forever.

The Big Ticket is back
We’ll leave with work the Kevin Garnett has been traded back to the Minnesota Timberwolves, in a trade made just before NBA deadline Feb. 19.  Now I know we rarely talk up anything pertaining to the NBA is our space here, but this is cool enough news to mention. They basically want KG to be a mentor for their many young players, and give him a chance to end his career where it all started. Garnett also has said that he would look to buy the T-Wolves franchise after he retires.  So while the trade is strange, it may be very beneficial for the franchise in years to come.

“See ya!” next week!