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Denny D is a Hall of Famer for the second time


Posted on 2/20/16

By Jake Kulland

We begin this weeks column by saying a very big congratulations for Denny Dinius, for being inducted in North Dakota Coaches Associtation Hall of Fame.  This honor was actually announced at their annual convention last summer, but Coach Dinius received his plaque at a ceremony during halftime of the last Langdon-Munich home boys basketball game of the year on Feb. 11.  “Denny D” has coached in Langdon now for over 40 years (That’s right, 40!), and has been an icon and an absolute institution in Langdon sports for that entire time.  He will be helming the Langdon boys track program once again this year (Over his career his track teams have a won remarkable 322 multi-team meets), and this is not the first time he’s been put into a Hall of Fame.  He is also in the North Dakota Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 1998.  The honors just keep coming for one best coaches and people in the state, and we can’t say congrats enough.

Tournament Time hits a fever pitch

The week ahead is by far one of the busiest of year for winter sports, and high school sports in general.  The Region 4 Girls Basketball Tournament starts it all in Devils Lake Feb. 22-25.  The Langdon-Munich Cardinals will play Harvey-Wells County in the opening round at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 22.  The North Star Bearcats are the favorites in the tourney, but the Lady Cards played them tough in the District 8 Championship game, and you just never know when Tournament Time happens.  Langdon-Munich has not been to a State Girls Basketball Tournament in over 10 years, and they will be fighting to get back their it, which will be held in Grand Forks this year March 3-5.  After the girls regionals, the District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament kicks off in Dunseith, on Feb. 26-29. Langdon-Munich is the fifth seed this year, playing Rolla in the first game of the tourney at 6:00pm on Feb. 26.  The Cards have won more games this year than the last two combined, and making the regional tournament is one of their goals, so we will see what happens.  And don’t forget Langdon and Dakota Spirit Arena will host the State Junior Gold Hockey Tournament March 3-5.  Will we have much more on that next week.

Ramberg fundraiser coming Feb. 28

There are so many fun things happen the last weekend of February in our area, including the tournaments we just discussed above. There is also the Winter Gala for the Langdon Day Care Center Feb. 27, and the Broadway Musical Review at the Roxy Theatre Feb. 26-28. We encourage everyone to support those events, and the big fundraiser coming Dakota Spirit Arena Feb. 28.  The Langdon Hockey Boosters a fun mini-mites versus junior gold hockey game at noon on that day in support of the Ramberg family, to defray medical and travel costs while their daughter receives care in Wisconsin.  There will be several other fun events going on during the game, and of course everyone is welcome to attend.  If you can’t make it and would like to donate funds, or just want more information, contact Tara Field, Lisa Gellner or Tara Mikkelsen.

“See ya!’ next week!