Jake’s Take on Sports

Lady Cards head to the State B for a record 17th time

ccrPosted 11/19/2016

By Jake Kulland
Great news this week, as the LangdonArea-Edmore-Munich Cardinals are headed to another Class B State Volleyball Tournament.  The Lady Cards beat a very talented North Star team in the Region 4 Championship on Nov. 10 in Devils Lake for the right to go.  This will be the 17th appearance for the Cardinals program, which extends their own state record.  The next closest is Central Cass at 14 and Thompson at 12.  Park River-Fordville-Lankin, who is also going to state this year representing Region 2, is going for an 11th time.  Now, included in the Cards appearance record is a run of 12 straight state tournaments from 1999-2008 (Which is also a Class B state record for appearances in a row).  A number of constants are involved in all of this: some supremely talented athletes and a program that has consistently produced very competitive teams.  This will be the 15th state tournament team coached by Rich Olson, who we have said many times is one of the most dedicated coaches we have ever met.  But he will be the first to tell you that good teams don’t just happen, you have to have good players which the Lady Cards certainly have again this year.  The four seniors of Madi Hart, Sydney Ellingson, Tara Hiller and Ally Welsh are the leaders on the team this season, and that leadership may be what gets them what would be their fourth state title.  Here’s to the team on getting that done.
Dakota Spirit Arena gets rocking this weekend
Practices have been going on the last couple of weeks, so the weekend after Thanksgiving will get games started at Dakota Spirit Arena.  The Langdon Blades junior gold team will host a day of game on Nov. 26.  That weekend is normally the annual Icebreaker Tournament, but with a lack of enough teams to fill out a full tourney, the Blades will instead host Swan Lake, MB and Grand Forks for the afternoon and evening.  Langdon will play Swan Lake at 11:00 a.m. on the 26th, followed by Swan Lake versus Grand Forks at 2:30 p.m., then Langdon against Grand Forks in the last game of the day at 6:00pm.  The Langdon bantams team also will have games Thanksgiving weekend after at Fargo and Valley City.  The rest of the teams will get underway the weekend after.  Something new this year, the Langdon junior gold and girls teams will have a brother/sister duo coaching them.  Wayne Borgen will step up from bantams to coach the junior gold team, while Jacy Borgen is back to coach the girls squad.  We wish all Blades hockey teams good luck this season.
Happy Thanksgiving
We wish everyone of our readers a Happy Thanksgiving holiday.  Hopefully our Vikings can get us a win, as they play Thanksgiving Day at 11:30 a.m. at Detroit.  It’s been a tough run for our Vikes, but incredibly we still lead the division after losing four in a row.  Winter sports really take off after the Thanksgiving holiday, which we will talk more about next time we visit here.
“See ya!” next week!