Jake’s take on sports

Cardinals finally ranked statewide


Posted on 9/24/16

By Jake Kulland

We start this week by congratulating the Langdon-Munich Cardinals football team on being ranked in the Top 5 in the latest North Dakota High School Football Poll.  In the poll released Sept. 21 by the North Dakota Sportscasters and Sportswriters Associtation, the Cards were ranked at number five after receiving votes the two weeks prior.  Now, we did some research on this, and we could not find the last time the Cards have been ranked.  It did not happen in 2012 when Langdon-Munich made the state semifinals (they received votes but not enough for the Top 5), or in 2009 when they went to the Dakota Bowl.  In that memorable season, Langdon-Munich suffered an injury at quarterback (Replaced by Travis Beck) midway through the year and were not taken seriously until the playoffs.  That being said, not matter what happens the rest of the season, this years addition of the Cardinals can say they are a ranked team, and we hope they take some pride in that.  It shows just how strong Region 2A is this year in that three teams are in the top five in the state.  Langdon-Munich is joined by Larimore at number one, and Park River-Fordville-Lankin at number four.  Coaches usually hate polls and rankings, but it is something to show the state the Cards football program is relevant once again, and hopefully will be for years to come.

Highway 5 Pool League Meeting this week

We are getting dangerously close to October, and that means it’s time to organize pool leagues for much of Cavalier County.  The Highway 5 Pool League organizational meeting will be held Sept. 28 at 7:30pm at the Pain Reliever in Nekoma.  The pool league last year featured well over 20 teams, and this year should be at least that many.  You must be over 21 years of age to play, you can form a men’s, women’s or mixed league team.  Not sure how many openings there are for new teams, but that can be found out the night of Sept. 28.  Every bar in Langdon has at least two teams, with At the Hop Bar and Grill last year having a record nine just themselves(!).  There are also teams from Nekoma obviously, Osnabrock and possibly Milton. We will have more league information in the weeks ahead.

Vikings injuries continue

Our beloved Minnesota Vikings are turning more and more into the the Minnesota Wounded Warriors as this 2016 season progresses. After losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the season before it got started, now the Vikes have lost Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson to a knee injury, and starting left tackle Ryan Kalil to a most likely season ending hip injury.  Almost any coach will tell you, that the building blocks for a good offense are a quarterback, running back and left tackle.  Now the Vikings have lost all three starters in those positions, and will look to find a way to keep winning (That is now there motto, “Find a Way!!”).  It’s a little good news that none of those injuries are on the defensive side of the ball, and as they proved Sept. 18 against the hated Packers, our defense is legit.  So, expect to see more 17-14, 13-10 type scores, as we said a couple of weeks ago.  A good defense and what looks like is turning out to be a great trade for quarterback Sam Bradford, if they can keep him healthy, means the goals for this years Vikings team have not changed.  Skol!

“See ya!” next week!