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On the road to the deep south… Of North Dakota

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Posted on 11/7/15

By Jake Kulland

We begin this week by saying at the time we are talking to you we are getting ready to head to Hettinger, North Dakota (Hello!), to broadcast a semifinal game of the 9 Man Football Playoffs.  North Prairie, which is a football co-op of Rolla, Rolette and Wolford schools, has made through two playoff wins so far and are undefeated as they play the Hettinger-Scranton Black Devils the afternoon of Nov. 7.  It’s been a fun year for postseason football, as Park River-Fordville-Lankin is also in the semis in the Class A 11 Man division, playing Carrington.  If both teams win, they will represent the area in the Dakota Bowl, which will be held at the Fargodome Nov. 13.  Our travel plans are heading to Bismarck the night before the North Prairie game, then to Williston after the game to visit family Nov. 7, then from there head to the Region 4 Volleyball Tournament in Devils Lake Nov. 9.  Talk about putting on the miles!

A great scene at the Langdon gym

We have to put a shout out to the many fans that attended the Langdon-Munich/North Star, which was held in Langdon Nov. 2.  The crowd was unbelievable for both sides, and was extremely loud. Cardinals coach Rich Olson said that is the largest crowd for a volleyball match in Langdon in his 20 years of running the program. That is saying a lot.  And the fans were treated to a very entertaining match, won by the Lady Cards in four sets.  UND volleyball coach Mark Pryor was there, as was UND senior McKenzie Hart, who made it to cheer on her sister and the team.  Now we move on to the postseason for North Dakota girls volleyball, as the Region 4 Volleyball Tournament will begin Nov. 9-12 at the Devils Lake Sports Center.  The Lady Cards, with their victory over the Bearcats, have the top seed in the tournament, and will play the first match of the day, at 3:00 p.m., with their opponent to be determined after the play-in round of the tourney on Nov. 6.  Good luck Cardinals, and you can hear every match from the regional tournament on 95-7 The Rock Farm and online through myborderland.com.

Dakota Spirit Arena and Langdon Blades hockey is underway

As we are now in November, thoughts turn to winter sports and to activities at Dakota Spirit Arena.  The lines were put down recently and the ice is in, and practice is set to begin.  A couple of notes… The Junior Gold hockey team will have their first game Nov. 22 versus MayPort.  Gavin Waslaski is coaching the team once again this year, and he tells us he has 18 skaters out for this years team.  Dallas Witzel is coaching the Mini-Mites, and Travis Peterson the Mites this winter, and they wanted us to tell that their first practice will be on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. If you would like more information about getting your child enrolled in those young levels of hockey, please contact Dallas at 701-370-5827, or Travis at 701-370-0110.  And the best resource for all hockey and arena information is to check out their website at dakotaspiritarena.org. It should be another exciting and busy year for Langdon Blades hockey.

Wrestling practice starts Nov. 9

High school wrestling gets underway Nov. 9 across the state.  For our friends and readers out east, the Pembina County North Grizzlies are once again head coached by Shawn Horgan, and they look for another competitive season ahead.  Many people forget that there is still a co-op agreement for Langdon to wrestle with the North Border-Cavalier, although it has been a few years since any grappler has done so.

“See ya!” next week!

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