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Cubs win!  Cubs win!
Those were the immortal words of the late legendary broadcaster Harry Caray, who screamed that out every time the Chicago Cubs would win a game.

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Posted 11/05/2016

By Jake Kulland

Well, Nov. 2 will be a day that will forever be remembered by Cubs fans as the day they finally ended their 108 year curse of never winning a World Series.  The Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in extra innings to win their first Series title since 1908, in what many are saying was the greatest baseball game ever played.  We are all very happy for the many Cubs fans that have been waiting for this moment.  We actually were going to list the people that are tried and true blue, but then realized there is not nearly enough room in this space to do that, there are THAT many of them.  But we must make two shout outs on this momentous occasion, one to our Republican colleague Dennis “Mr. Cub” Throndset, who has been dreaming of this day for a very long time.  And the other to Jerry “Supe” Machacek, a Langdon native who recently passed away and was perhaps the biggest Cubs fan we have ever met (He was the of the originators of the “Cubs Farm” by Dresden).  Hopefully he enjoyed the game from up above, and we have to believe he gave the team a little extra push to get them over the top.  To both of those men and too the many Cubs fans who never this day would come, a hearty congratulations.  Us Vikings fans now have hope that they can get it done someday too.
Cardinals knocking on the Fargodome door
The Langdon-Munich Cardinals football team took another step to a Dakota Bowl appearance, winning over Northern Cass in the Class A 11 Man Quarterfinals 34-30 on Oct. 29.  That puts the Cardinals one game away from what would be the third Dakota Bowl in program history.  Now to do that, they have to beat a Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm team that has a ton of momentum going their way after upsetting top ranked Larimore to get to the Cardinals.  But just the opportunity that is presenting itself is an unreal accomplishment for Langdon-Munich.  This team has not gotten a lot of respect this year, as everyone has said they are a year early from reaching some high goals.  But don’t tell any of the players that, because they have fought and played their hearts out all season, and we all hope that hard work pays off in a State Championship Game.  No matter what happens we are proud of what this team has done, and what possibly waits ahead.
Regional Volleyball is here
The 2016 Region 4 Volleyball Tournament is set to get underway at the Devils Lake Sports Center Nov. 7-10.  The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals are the second seed in the tourney, and will play either St. John or Rolla in the first round at around 6:00pm.  The Cardinals lost a tough match to North Star on the road on Oct. 31, when they committed 47 unforced errors, a stat that is very uncharacteristic of how they team has played all season.  If they can clean things up (And we certainly believe that they can), a possible second straight to the State Class B Volleyball Tournament awaits them.  It is tough this year that there are two volleyball teams in Region 4 that are head and shoulders above anyone else, but only one can go to state.  This tourney should be a blast, and if you can’t make it to Devils Lake you can hear every game on 95.7. FM The Rock Farm.
Dakota Spirit Arena is open for business
We are now in November, and that means hockey season will soon be underway.  The lines are down and the ice is in at Dakota Spirit Arena, and some skating has begun.  The week ahead brings the Robby Glantz Hockey Camp, which will work on power skating, stick handling, shooting and power moves among other things.  Glantz has 10 years experience as power skating coach for the LA Kings, and this is the fourth year he has run the camp in Langdon.  It is open to all boys and girls from Mini Mites to Junior Gold.  For more information please check out dakotaspiritarena.org.  The first hockey games of the season will not being until the weekend after Thanksgiving, highlighted by the annual Ice Breaker Tournament featuring are junior gold teams.  We will updating you on more arena events in the weeks ahead here in the Republican.

“See ya!” next week!