Jake’s take on sports

The summer season is rolling


Posted on 6/11/16

By Jake Kulland

We start this week by saying the Langdon summer baseball and softball programs are off and running.  It’s wonderful to see all the great participation and high numbers at every level.  Nearly every night of the week all of the Langdon diamonds are filled with players having a great time playing both baseball and softball.  The facilities in Langdon are the best in the area, and the surrounding communities must agree, because Langdon has been chosen to host the NODAK 12U Little League Tournament and the Northern League Girls Softball Tournament on July 9, and the 10U NODAK Little League Tournament on July 10.  And American Legion Field will be hosting the Northeast Region American Legion Baseball Tournament beginning on July 20.  Hats off to everyone who work hard to make our diamonds the best they can be and make them such an asset for our community. Langdon and Cavalier County residents should be very proud of everyone working together to make these good times happen.

Let’s go camping

Langdon athletic director Ethen Askvig told us that he is running a basketball camp this week.  It is for boys and girls in grades 3-6, and will run June 13-15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day at the Langdon High School gym.  If you haven’t signed your child yet, you can do so the first day of the camp.  Some high school players will also be helping to run the camp, along with Coach Askvig.  Obviously it’s a great time to learn and work on fundamentals, and have a lot of fun doing so.  It sounds like there are a lot already registered, which is a good thing.

LASDF Golf Tournament coming June 25

Chalmer Dettler, one of the organizers of the annual Langdon School District Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, tells us that there is still lots of time to sign up for the event, which will happen on June 25 at the Langdon Country Club.  At of the time of this writing, 84 golfers are currently registered, but they will still take two or three more teams.  It is a four person scramble format, and it can be a men’s, women’s or mixed team.  Get in touch with Chalmer for more information or to sign up, by calling or texting 701-370-1304.  It is a really fun tourney, so call soon to insure your spot.

Schwabe boys help Thompson bring home a state title

The Thompson Tommies won the 2016 State Class B High School Baseball Tournament in Fargo with a 3-2 victory over Beulah on June 4.  Two of the main cogs on the team this year are former Langdon residents (I guess I’ll always call them “Langdon Natives”), Calen and Cadyn Schwabe.  There are the sons of Jason and Colette Schwabe, and grandsons of Rick and Sandy Schaan of Langdon.  All they did was pitch the beginning and the end of the championship game (Cadyn started, Calen finished), and were stat leaders for the team in many categories.  Calen, a junior, pitched 46 innings on the season and gave up just one earned run.  Cadyn, just a freshmen, hit .571 (!) for the year, which led all teams in both Class B and Class A high school baseball.  Of course everyone is wondering what might have been had the Schwabe family stayed in Langdon, but you still have to applaud both of them on being state champions.  Both of them were both bat boys on Langdon’s 2006 State High School Baseball Tournament participants (They finished second that year), and the 2006 Langdon American Legion State Champion teams.  My, how time flies!

Check out a fun interview

e will leave you this week by inviting you to check a cool interview I did with Langdon’s Jocelyn Dinius and Krystal Ratzlaff, who were recently named North Dakota Senior Althetes of the Year in girls track and golf, respectively.  Also joining them were their coaches, Jane Hart and Jenny Romfo.  You can see the video interview on the KNDK 1080 facebook page, if you haven’t watched already. It’s worth seeing, and we thank everyone for coming in to visit.

“See ya!” next week!