Jake’s take on sports

Lady Cards back to state —For the 16th time


Posted on 11/20/15

By Jake Kulland

We start this week by throwing out a huge congratulations to the Langdon-Munich volleyball team on making it back to the State Class B Volleyball Tournament for the first time since 2012.  The Lady Cards earned another trip to state with a win over a very talented North Star Bearcats team in front of a packed house at the Devils Lake Sports Center on Nov. 12.  Cardinals coach Rich Olson, who has guided the program as head coach for 20 years, said that it’s the biggest crowd that he can remember for a regional tournament match.  And that’s saying a lot with all the success that the team has had through the years.  This will be their 16th appearance at a state tourney, which, of course, includes an 11 year in a row run.  The 16 appearances is a North Dakota state record, one of which all of Cavalier County can be proud.  Langdon-Munich will look for their first state title as a co-op, and the fourth championship for the Cardinals, with the other three being 2003, 2008 and 2010.  Best of luck on the girls making that happen.

Fighting Hawks it is

Well, it has become reality. The University of North Dakota announced on Nov. 18 that their new nickname will be the “Fighting Hawks” replacing the Fighting Sioux moniker that is so beloved. While many alumni and fans are not happy with the change, to say the least, hopefully this will bring some kind of closure to the issue, and everyone can move on, no matter how painful it is.  It sounds like the new logo for the Fighting Hawks will not be ready for at least six months.  How strange it is just typing the words “UND Fighting Hawks”.  Whoever would have thought this would happen? But the problem is it has happened, and it’s time to support the most important thing in UND athletics — the student athletes.  It was not their choice to make this change, and hopefully everyone will support them in all sports, no matter what the name on the jersey says.  No matter what, we are still North Dakota.

Pickup basketball and hockey has begun

As we chat this week, amateur basketball and hockey have begun in Langdon.  Open pickup basketball will now be Wednesday and Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. at the Langdon High School gym, and Old Timers hockey has started as well at Dakota Spirit Arena on Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30.  If you want to join either league, it’s pretty simple — just show up.  Both are well attended, and a good time is had by all, so if you are looking for a winter activity in the gym or on the ice, this is for you.

Thanksgiving brings the annual Baseball Boosters Poker Tourney

This coming Thanksgiving weekend, the Langdon Area Baseball Boosters and the Langdon Eagles Club will host their 5th Annual Texas Hold Em Poker Tournament.  It will be the Saturday after Thanksgiving on Nov. 28. Registration starts at 12 Noon, with the dealing to begin at one.  A portion of the proceeds will go to help out Langdon summer baseball and softball programs, from T-Ball all the way up to American Legion Baseball.  So if you have in interest in these Langdon summer programs, or just love to play cards, we encourage you to come out and support this event.  Everyone from anywhere in the area aged 21 and over is welcome to play.

Happy Thanksgiving, and “See ya!” next week!