Jake’s take on sports

Many, many things happening


Posted on 2/27/16

By Jake Kulland

For winter sports in our area, we have reached the summit of the busiest time of the season.  There are things going on everywhere you look.  As we write these words, we are getting ready for Championship Night of the 2016 Region 4 Girls Basketball Tournament in Devils Lake. Langdon-Munich is playing North Star for the title, as the Lady Cards are looking to the State B Tourney for the first time since they won it all in 2005, while for Munich it be the first time since 2003.  This year would be the year to go, as the State Tournament will be held in Grand Forks from March 3-5.  No matter what happens, it has been a great year for Langdon-Munich girls basketball.  As we said, this is just one of a pile of things we have to tell you this week, so let’s keep going…

State Junior Gold Hockey

Also on March 3-5 is the annual league or State Junior Gold Hockey Tournament, which will be held in Langdon this year.  Dakota Spirit Arena will be the site for nine games in the tourney, three each day.  The Langdon Blades are the fourth seed out of seven for the tournament, and they will play at 2:45pm on March 3 against the Crosby Comets, a team that they have beaten twice this year.  MayPort is the top seed this season, and they are the favorites to win it all, but strange things have happened in this tourney in the past, so hopefully the Blades can get some momentum going to win it for the first time.  If you would like to help out in any way in working the tournament, a signup board has been set up at the arena, where you can take a shift in the concession stand, taking tickets or a number of other things.  Also the same weekend there are more end of year tournaments for Blades hockey, as the girls team will play in Jamestown, the Pee Wee team will play in Rugby.  Good luck to all teams!

District boys basketball continues

The District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament is also continuing in Dunseith.  Langdon-Munich is looking to get into the Region 4 Tournament for the first time in several years, and hopefully their six win regular season will give them the momentum they need to get that done.  Championship Night of the tourney is Feb. 29, and the Cardinals will be playing one of three games to get to the Region 4 Tournament, which will be held in Devils Lake March 7-10.

Grizzlies wrestlers get two state champions

The Pembina North Grizzlies wrestling team (a co-op between North Border and Cavalier) completed an outstanding season at the State Wrestling Tournament held in Fargo Feb. 18-20.  The Grizzlies had two grapplers win individual state titles, with Bradyn Horgan winning his second title, going undefeated at 138 points, and Michael Lafferty, who was a surprise winner at 220.  We say a surprise for Mike because he was the seventh seed in his weight class going into to tournament.  There were also many other wrestlers that place at state to complete one of the best seasons on record for all of the teams involved.  Congrats to all who worked in the program this year.

“Leaping” into track and field season

As we wind down the winter sports season, the spring sports are right on their heels.  The opening day for track and field practice across North Dakota is Feb. 29, or Leap Year Day.  The Langdon-Munich track teams will get going sometime in the week ahead, as we believe that Denny Dinius will coaching the boys team once again this year, and Jane Hart will helm the girls squad.  We of course will have much more on this in the weeks to come.

“See ya!” next week!