Jake’s take on sports

Basketball season comes to an end in Cavalier County

Republican

Posted on 3/7/15

By Jake Kulland

As we write this week, we are getting ready to head to Minot to cover the Lakota-Edmore Lady Raiders at the State Class B Girls Basketball Tournament at the MSU Dome.  The Raiders won the Region 4 Girls Basketball Tournament with an unreal performance by All-Stater Fallyn Frejie.  All she did was score 47 points (!!) in the championship game win over North Star.  This is the third time in four years for a trip to state for the Raiders, and they are hoping to win in the first round for the first time.  We congratulate them on making it to the State B.  Boys and Girls Basketball has ended for the year for the Langdon-Munich Cardinals.  The boys lost two games in the District 8 Tournament held in Langdon, and the girls made it to the semifinals of the Region 4 Tourney in Devils Lake, finishing fourth.  We honor two boys seniors, Lucas Mikkelsen and Tyler Klein, and four girls seniors, Jenny Weekes, Kaylee Anderson, Maddie Hetletved and Ashley Fetsch on their basketball careers.  It’s been a blast watching you all play.  Looking to next season, the girls team should be one of the favorites in District 8 and Region 4, while the boys will look to improve, as their JV and junior high teams both had nice years, so hopefully better times are yet to come.  It all comes down to off season improvement, as putting down the ball in March and not picking it up until November simply does not work anymore.

District 8 Tournament sees big crowds in Langdon

We give a tip of the cap this week to Rich Rogers, tournament manager for the District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament held in Langdon Feb. 27-March 2.  Rogers along with many, many volunteers made this tournament once again a huge success. Capacity crowds of well over 2,000 people were in gym on both the Saturday and Championship Monday of the tourney.  The crowds were treated to some very entertaining games, as St. John upset top seeded Dunseith in a three overtime thriller in the semifinals, and North Star beat the Woodchucks for their seventh straight district title in a game that came down to the wire.  North Star, St. John, Dunseith and Rolla now advance to the Region 4 Tournament to be held in Devils Lake March 9-12.  Number one ranked Four Winds-Minnewaukan is the favorite to win it, but the District 8 teams that have made it this far also hope to make some noise in the tournament.  All of the region games can be heard on 95-7 The Rock Farm and online through myborderland.com.

Hockey also winding down

As we type state tournaments for three levels of Langdon hockey are being held.  The junior gold team is in Mayville, the girls hockey team in Bismarck, and the pee wee team in Watford City.  The Langdon bantam team plays their end of the year tourney the weekend after, March 13-15 in Crosby.  And of course the annual figure skating show will be held March 21-22, and the last event for Dakota Spirit Arena will be an Old Timers Hockey Tournament on the weekend of March 28. We will have more information on the figure skating show next week.  We congratulate the Blades hockey program on a great year, with lots of participation at all levels.

Believe it not track practice is underway

It seems we say this every year, track and field season has started for Langdon-Munich.  Actually the opening date was Feb. 23, and Cardinals boys and girls coaches Denny Dinius and Jane Hart are already busy getting the 2015 season underway.  They will have their first meet at the State Indoor in Fargo towards the end of the month.  The nice weather we are expected to have this week comes at a perfect time for track and other spring sports to hopefully get outside a little earlier than normal.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead Saturday night, and “See ya!” next week!

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