Jake’s take on sports

“The Winning Awakens” for Langdon-Munich


Posted on 12/26/15

By Jake Kulland

We come to you this week as the snow keeps falling, and falling, and falling in Langdon on Dec. 23. Five inches? Nine inches? Who knows for sure, as it was not about to stop at the time of this writing. The heavy snow does not diminish the good times for Cavalier County winter sports, however. For the first time that we can remember, the Langdon-Munich girls and boys basketball teams and the junior gold hockey team all won in a span of four days. For both boys clubs it was their first wins of the season, with the girls now on a two game winning streak. For someone who has covered some pretty tough seasons for the boys squads the last couple of years, this is extremely uplifting. The roughest thing that the boys coaches have had to try and overcome is developing a winning atmosphere and a winning attitude with the players. And while this is a small step, it is certainly a step in the right direction.  And we haven’t forgotten Langdon girls hockey, as they have been getting their share of nice wins in the last couple of weeks.  Is it a coincidence that all of this winning came at a time when a movie with the name “The Force Awakens” opened the same weekend?  Maybe. Is it a coincidence that this winning came at the time when a New Year of new hope and resolutions are upon us? Possibly.  But this is a lot more fun than the other way around, and we hope that it continues into 2016.

Cardinals to play in the Hillsboro-CV Shoot out

Although we are now into the Christmas break for area schools, the activities keep on happening. The Langdon-Munich Cardinals boys and girls basketball teams will play in the Hillsboro-Central Valley Holiday Hoops Shoot out on Dec. 29-30. The boys will play Park River-Fordville-Lankin at 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 29, and Midway-Minto at 2:00 p.m. Dec. 30.  The girls will take on Central Cass at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29, and Midway-Minto at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 30. All four games are in Hillsboro. This is a great time to work on various parts of each team in a non-district or region atmosphere.  We wish them good luck in Burro Country.

Alumni game this weekend at Dakota Spirit Arena

Dec. 27 is once again the date for the annual Alumni Hockey games at Dakota Spirit Arena.  It all starts at 2:00 p.m., with the girls/womens game featuring this years teams against players from years past, then the boys/mens teams will play each other around 4:00 p.m. This is a great chance to hear and see talent from Langdon Long Ago take on the future of the Blades programs. Every is welcome to attend, and concessions will be available. We hope everyone has a fun day.

Langdon High School band has it’s own alumni game

One of most fun things to see and hear around the holidays is when the Langdon Pep Band gets together for a game just before Christmas. This year it was Dec. 21 when Langdon played North Border in boys hoops. The great thing to witness is musicians and Langdon graduates coming back and sitting in with the current Pep Band. It makes for a very powerful, thick and rich sound that was enjoyed by many.  Always fun to see when fans don’t leave the gym between JV and Varsity games, and sit and watch the band instead. The biggest highlight is watching Langdon band director Curt Kram loving every minute of it with a huge smile on his face all through the performance. There is a chance everyone will get together yet in early January for some home games, and I heartily suggest you check it out.

The Love/Hate relationship with Teddy Bridgewater

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had his best game as a pro in a Vikes recent win over the Chicago Bears on Dec. 19. He threw for four touchdowns and ran for another in the 38-17 victory.  Now, this hasn’t happened for a Vikings quarterback since 1961 (!!), when Fran Tarkenton did it, oddly enough also against the Bears. It’s also the first time a Vikes QB has thrown for four TD’s since Brett Favre in 2010. Well this is all fine and dandy, but us Purple People are just waiting to see this happen on a more consistent basis. We go from one week of “Teddy looks lost!”, and “I don’t trust Teddy”, to “Did you how Teddy played like a champion last week?”, and “He’s our man for years to come!” Now, you hear those first two comments way more than the last two, but you can’t argue that he has guided us to our first winning record since 2012, and an almost certain playoff spot. Game wise has only quarterbacked the team for just short of a year and a half, and it takes much longer than that to fully grasp the game.  So while one week we say “I Hate Teddy!”, then the next it’s “I Love Teddy!”, the love seems to be coming around more and more all the time.

“Happy New Year!!!” and “See ya!” next week!