March Madness is like Heaven for the sports fan
Posted on 3/21/15
By Jake Kulland
As we write to you this week, a truly wild weekend of sports is here. The State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament has begun in Bismarck, with Four Winds-Minnewaukan and May-Port-C-G representing our area this year. Cavalier was shocked 32-31 (!!!) in a very low scoring Region 2 Championship game (And yes the shot clock was working properly in that game, and they were not using peach baskets for rims), and Four Winds beat North Star by 13 points for the Region 4 title. The Indians are the favorites to win the state championship, but there are several teams including Rugby that will give them a run for their money. NDSU has made the March Madness Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament for the second year in a row and the third time in seven years. While the Bison were heavy underdogs in their first game with Gonzaga, it’s just great to see a North Dakota team in the Big Dance. Put all of that together with the UND Men’s Hockey team playing in the NCHC Tournament at the Target Center March 20-21, Minnesota Wild hockey and Timberwolves basketball, it’s true Nirvana for sports fans. It does not get any busier than this. UND also should be playing in the Division 1 Men’s Hockey West Regional at Scheels Arena in Fargo next weekend, as they have been ranked number one in the country now for five weeks in a row. Enjoy the Madness my friends!
Golf practice to begin March 23
After all the craziness of the weekend, high school golf practice is set to get underway in North Dakota. The Langdon boys and girls golf teams are ready to roll, and the girls team will be coached once again this year by Jenny Romfo, with Connie Kjos coaching the boys. Lisa Karas returns as an assistant for both squads. The Langdon girls team should be very strong once again this season, although they will have to replace All-State golfer Brynn Fischer, who was lost to graduation. We have also heard a rumor that the Langdon Country Club may open up just the course this week of next. A sure sign of spring is when the pins are in, so let’s hope the weather allows the course to be open a little sooner than normal this year, and the kids can get out and get some early outdoor practice, rather than hitting into nets in the elementary gym.
Old Timers Hockey Tournament to close the show at Dakota Spirit Arena
The last event of the season for Dakota Spirit Arena will happen March 27-29, with the annual Old Timers Hockey Tournament. Eight teams will be playing this year, with two from Langdon along with squads from Hallock, Rugby and Park River plus Manitoba teams from Morden, Swan Lake and one from Carlyle Saskatchewan. Action will start at 6:00pm March 27, 11:00 a.m. March 28 and 10:30 a.m. March 29. Spectators are welcome to come out and view the action in person, and there will be some hospitality things going on, but there weren’t quite worked out at press time.
Highway 5 Pool League winds down season
March 19 was the last night for the Highway 5 Pool League, which stretches all over Langdon and down to Nekoma. Just announced was the end of the year tournament, which will be held March 29 beginning at 1:00 p.m. At the Hop Bar & Grill. All league members are welcome to play in that event. The league itself had another big year with over 20 teams, and we will see if we can’t information to give the team and individual winners next week.
“See ya!” next week!