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It’s April, which means it’s Twins Time

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Posted on 4/2/16

By Jake Kulland

Hard to believe we are already in April (They say when you get older the time goes faster, and while I hate to admit I’m starting to agree), and Opening Day for Major League Baseball is here.  For a baseball fan, this is like a holy day, and the Minnesota Twins are ready to roll with their 2016 season at Baltimore on April 4.  The Twins home opener will be on April 11 hosting the Chicago White Sox.  There is a little extra juice and a little excitement for the Twins this year, as the young talent that they have been waiting to mature has finally arrived.  Guys like Miguel Sano, Bryon Buxton and Eddie Rosario are all 24 or younger (Sano and Buxton are just 22) and they will take over in the outfield.  Couple that with the likes of Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe, and that should make for a lineup that can potentially score a lot of runs.  And don’t forget they signed a first baseball from Korea name Byong Ho Park, who hit over 50 home runs in his Far East league the last couple of seasons.  Making the difference for the Twins I think will be if their starting pitching holds up.  Early returns in the spring have been good, but hopefully Minnesota won’t have to win games by scores of 10-9.  Players and coaches are expecting to make the playoffs this year, not just hoping.  In a tough division that’s not going to be easy, but we will certainly hope for the best.

Langdon Country Club getting dangerously close to opening

The 2016 season for the Langdon Country Club is edging ever closer.  Some of the board members told us that if we get a good stretch of weather going into the weekend of April 9 that the pins might be put in.  The yearly newsletter should be out this week, but here are some important for golfers.  The first Tuesday Night Men’s Stag of the season will be April 19 in the clubhouse.  That will couple with the Spring Meeting of the club, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. that evening.  Also there’s been a lot of talk about how and when you can register a two man team to Tuesday Men’s League Golf. And we are told that teams could get signed up beginning April 1, so that means you can do it now by contacting Randy Hill, who is running the league for the club once again this year.  The league will have their first night on May 24.  These are just a few dates of many things coming up at the course, and remember you can hear the Langdon Country Club report with myself and Club President Cody Pengilly every Friday at 1:50 p.m. throughout the golf season on KNDK 1080.

Frozen 4 and Final 4

Winter college sports are coming to a head this week.  Actually the Men’s Final Four Basketball games will be held April 2 in Houston, to be followed by the Men’s Hockey Frozen Four April 7-9 at Tampa Bay.  Of course the UND mens team has made the Frozen Four for the third straight year, and are once again looking to get their first national title since 2000.  The “Skate for Number 8” has been the rallying cry for the last several years, and hopefully this is one they get it done.  UND played the best of any team in the regional tournaments, and that momentum hopefully will follow them to Florida.

Highway 5 Pool League end of the year tourney;  Plus the band!

The Highway 5 Pool League League completed their season on March 31.  We hope to publish the results from the year in an upcoming issue of the Republican.  Sporty’s is hosting the end of the year tournament this year, which will be held at the newly renovated Langdon American Legion Hall April 9.  Registration begins at Noon, with the tourney to start at one.  This is open to all players who participated in the league this year.  To cap the evening, our new band experience called “Kulland and the Gang” will play at Sporty’s that night starting at 9 p.m. The dance is open to anyone 21 or over.  It should be a special evening, so make plans to have to some fun with us on April 9.

“See ya!” next week!