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Posted on 2/28/15

By Jake Kulland

We have loads of great information for you this week, we being with passing out condolences to the communities of Ray and Epping, North Dakota.  Both communities and really all of northwestern North Dakota were rocked this week by the passing of three students from Ray High School who were lost in a tragic car accident.  All three students were also members of the Ray Jays boys basketball team, which is participating in the District 16 Basketball Tournament this weekend. We’ve talked to many of our friends and family out west that say they can’t really begin to process what has happened.   We have obviously all said those same words around here just a couple of short months ago.  It sure has been a tough school year for us in Langdon, in Larimore and now Ray.

District 8 Boys Tournament continues

As difficult as it is sometimes, we will push on this week and tell you that the District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament is continuing in Langdon Feb. 28 and March 2.  It began Feb. 27, and we can tell for sure that the Langdon-Munich Cardinals boys basketball team will still be alive in the tourney somewhere on March 2.  They will be playing either the 4:30, 6:00 or 7:30 p.m. games.  We encourage you to come out and support the tourney, as this will be the last district tourney to be held in Langdon for another year at least. Next season Rolla will host he girls tourney and Dunseith the boys. Dunseith joined District 8 this season, and made a bid to host the boys tournament next year, which passed on a 4-2 vote. Geographically it’s not hard to figure out that with Dunseith, Rolla, St. John and Rolette-Wolford being around 30 miles of each other, that those four schools would vote to have it in Dunseith. And they do have a great facility there, and have hosted District 11 tourneys several times.  The plan we hear is that as long as there is still a District 8, that the boys tournament will rotate between Dunseith and Langdon, and the girls between Rolla and Cando.  Again, please come out and support the tournament Feb. 28 and March 2 in Langdon if you can.  By the way we will have a full wrap of the Langdon-Munich girls basketball season next week, as they were playing in the third and fourth place game of the Region 4 Tournament in Devils Lake at press time.

Junior Gold Tournament coming to Mayville March 5-7

The annual State Junior Gold Hockey Tournament will be held in Mayville March 5-7, at the MayPort Arena.  Langdon will be the eighth seed in the tournament this year, and will play ninth seeded Watford City “B” at 10:00 a.m. on March 5.  If they win that game, the Blades would play top seeded Crosby at 8:00 p.m. March 5.  Ryan Bachman will be on the scene to broadcast all the Langdon games on KNDK 1080, and/or 95-7 The Rock Farm.  Langdon finished their regular season at 5-20-1, with losses to MayPort on Feb. 21 11-2 and to Fargo 13-4 (we had a mixup with the stats to have a full story on those games this week).  The coolest thing that happened in those two games was Blades senior captain Landin Johnson scored a goal in last junior game home game at Dakota Spirit Arena versus Fargo.  And although Langdon is seeded eighth out of nine teams this year at the tourney, it wasn’t that long ago when the Blades were in a similar situation when they upset top seeded Grand Forks in overtime on a goal from Grant Ellingson that went down as one of the biggest in program history.  So anything can happen, “That’s why they play the games!”

Yes, I watched the Oscars (Well, some of it)

We’ll leave you this week with an ultra cool story about the Oscar Awards.  My first cousin Summer Meyer lives out west in the heart of the oil patch, just south of Blaisdell, North Dakota (Blaisdell has a special place in my heart, and maybe three people reading this will know why).  Anyway, a filmmaker by the name of Christian Jensen came to the area to film a documentary of the oil patch, with a different twist.  He to follow some are sixth graders and see how they handled living in the oil boom.  Well one of kids picked was Cousin Summer’s daughter Leevi, who is a sixth grader in nearby Stanley.  Wouldn’t you know that this documentary was so well received that it got an Oscar nomination in the “Documentary Short Subject” category.  It is entitled “White Earth”, after one of the many towns in the oil patch.  And while it did not win an Oscar, it was very cool to have a connection to one of the nominated films, and someone who actually stars in the picture, and hoping it would win.  You can check out the film at whiteearthmovie.com.  Just very cool stuff.

“See ya!” next week!