Jake’s take on sports

Beginning the postseason run


Posted on 2/5/16

By Jake Kulland

Let’s roll this week by saying the postseason tournament train is loading up with coal and ready head out.  Their are 12 tournaments for high school winter sports (That’s right, 12!) that either have already started or our just about to get going.  We won’t be covering all 12, but we will be a large majority of events that will be happening across the state.  Thankfully the weather looks great at least for the start of tournament season.  Let’s preview a couple of them in the words below.

District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament start Feb. 12 in Rolla

The first basketball tournament of the season will go Feb. 12-15 with the District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament at the Rolla gym. Now, some schedules like the Langdon-Munich sports calendars say that this tourney is in Cando, but we can assure you that it is in Rolla.  The Lady Cards are the second seed in the tournament, and they get a first round bye, not playing until Feb. 13 at 6:30pm against the winner of the Dunseith/Rolla first round matchup. Anyone following the Langdon-Munich girls program has to like the way they are playing going into the tourney.  Heading into their regular season game at Lakota-Edmore, the Cards have one six games in a row, and have averaged 76 points per game (!) in their winning streak.  The top four teams in the District 8 Tournament will advance to Region 4 Tourney which will be held in Devils Lake Feb. 22-25.  You can hear every game on KNDK-FM, 95-7 The Rock Farm.

Region Individual wrestling tournaments start Feb. 13

With regional dual meets going on across the state on Feb. 6, individual meets will be held on Feb. 13.  The Region 2 Individual Wrestling Tournament is going on in Carrington that day.  The Pembina County North Grizzlies (A wrestling co-op between North Border and Cavalier) grapplers have had a great year, and they hope to crown many region champions this year.  The Grizzlies have five wrestlers that are ranked first in Region 2 in their respective weights — Patrick Calvillo at 106, Tanner Urlaub at 113, Brett Verville at 126, Bradyn Horgan at 138 and Michael Lafferty at 220. Pembina County to qualify 11 wrestlers for the State B Meet, which will held in Feb. 18-20 in Fargo.  We wish them the best of luck.

100 points in a game — An in-depth study

Last week we told you that our main man Dennis Throndset was researching the archives to see if and when a Cavalier County had gone over or reached 100 points in a game before, after the Langdon-Munich girls did it in a win over Dunseith on Jan. 25.  Well “Scoop” has found that the Langdon boys team has done it twice — Jan. 20, 1990 in a 105-58 over Edinburg, and Jan. 8, 1991 in a 101-45 win over the old North Border Bandits. Now, we have heard the Munich boys team has gone over 100 as well, we are just unsure of the dates.  But as far as Mr. T could find, this is the first time a Langdon or Munich girls basketball team has hit the century mark.   Hopefully everyone involved will have that special memory long after they are done competing.

Snowfest is looking more like Pickupfest

The annual Pembina Gorge Snowfest is coming Feb. 20, and Langdon is the hub site this year, and At the Hop Bar and Grill will be the place for everyone to have a chance to win some great prizes, including two for 1000 dollars in cash.  The unfortunate part of all of this fun is that the recent warm late January weather that we had has taken snowmobile conditions done to nearly nothing.  Things can change in a hurry though, and the obvious hope is that some “white gold” will fall before the big day comes.  Snow or not the day will go on as planned, including a dance that night featuring a live band that many of you will know (At least one guy in the band anyway). We will talk much more about this event next week, but the Snowfest committee wants everyone to Think Snow!

Super Bowl 50

We will head out this week by leaving you with our annual Super Bowl prediction.  The big game will go on Feb. 6 just after 5:30 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Fransisco 49ers.  The Denver Broncos will try for their third title, with the Carolina Panthers looking for their first.  While our heart is maybe leaning slightly toward Peyton Manning and the Broncos, our head is saying Carolina all.  So while we hoping for a good close game at the very least, let’s say Carolina 31, Denver 20.  There, I said it.  Have a fun and safe Super Bowl Weekend, even though most of you will have gone through by the time you read this paper.

Don’t forget Elvis is coming to the Langdon Eagles Club Feb. 13, and “See ya!” next week!