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Posted on 3/5/16

By Jake Kulland

Wow, as we write this week, we are about to embark on a wild and crazy journey.  The weekend of March 3-5 is absolutely bananas with postseason tournaments — State Class B Girls Basketball, State Junior Gold Hockey, Girls Hockey, Pee Wee Hockey — They are all going at the same time.  And next week, it’s regional boys basketball in Devils Lake and Grand Forks.  It’s a nutty time of year, but while it’s chaotic it is also a lot of fun. We have tournament coverage in this weeks Republican and will have much more next week.  Bigger, Stronger, Faster!

High School Basketball comes to an end in Cavalier County

The Langdon-Munich girls and boys basketball teams have seen their seasons come to an end since we last visited.  The Lady Cards were one step away from advancing to their first state since 2005, but lost to a very good North Star team 45-35 in the Region 4 Girls Basketball Championship Game.  The boys meanwhile, lost two games in the District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament and ended their season as well.  You can find coverage of both teams last games of the year in this weeks paper.  Always tough when a season comes to and end, but we want to congratulate the seniors on both teams who will be leaving the program.  The girls had six seniors this year – Krystal Ratzlaff, Courtnie Cook, Brynn Crockett, Madi Eisenzimmer, Mariah Bata and Julia Kartes, while the boys had three – Brady Samuelson, Erik Aanderud and Dominic Murphy.  Thanks to all for your great dedication to Cardinals basketball and we look forward to most of you excelling in spring sports.  A tip of the cap goes out to all of the seniors and their hard work throughout their careers.  The Region 4 Boys Basketball Tournament begins March 7 in Devils Lake, and if the crowds are anything like the District 8 Tourney, it should be a wild experience.  They took in just under $18,000 at the gate in Dunseith for the district tourney, which is unbelivable, and the regional should see even bigger crowds.  If you can’t make it to DL, hear all of the games from the regional with me on 95-7 The Rock Farm and online through myborderland.com.

A great final touch to McKenzie Hart’s UND career

At a recent UND Womens Basketball game, McKenzie Hart was honored for her great career with UND Volleyball, and for finishing number one in the country for digs per set (6.25) in Division 1.  She was also honored with being named honorable mention to the All-Midwest Volleyball Team, the first UND player to do so.  It was a great ceremony, and it’s just a perfect way to honor the Langdon native and one of the best volleyball players in UND history.  We wish McKenzie well in the future, and were happy to see this well deserved honor.

“See ya!” next week!

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