Jake’s Take on Sports

Another great year finished up for Cardinals Volleyball

RepublicanPosted 11/26/2016

By Jake Kulland
The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals took third place at the State Class B Volleyball Tournament, held Nov. 17-19 at the Fargodome.  The Lady Cards were hoping to win what would have been the fourth state title in program history, but after losing a tough semifinal match to eventual champion LaMoure, the Cardinals bounced back nicely to beat Kindred for the third place trophy.  Madi Hart was named to the Class B All-State team for the third year in a row, and she and Rachel Hill also were named to the All-Tournament team.  Macey Kvilvang from North Star made the All-State team in Class B for the second time, and also McKenna Mikkelsen from Fargo Davies was named All-State first team and All-Tournament on the Class A side.  McKenna is the daughter of Langdon natives Duane and Robyn Mikkelsen, and grand daughter of Langdon residents Ted Mikkelsen and Armand and Gloria Romfo.  A cool stat is that the Cardinals finished with a 42-3 record for the second year in a row.  We congratulate the team on another fantastic season, and we thank Lady Cards seniors Madi Hart, Sydney Ellingson, Tara Hiller and Ally Welsh for their dedication to the Langdon-Edmore-Munich volleyball program. There are a lot of great memories to be shared from this season for years to come.
Many from the area make All-State football teams
In last weeks paper you saw a couple of pictures of Langdon-Munich football players that made the All-Region and All-State teams.  We also need to give them and more from our area a shout out in this space.  In the Class A 11 Man Division Jacob Delvo was named to the first team at quarterback, and Anfernee Economy is also on the first team at wide receiver.  Conner Tetrault and Chase Peebles made the second team at linebacker and wide receiver.  Delvo was also a finalist for the Midco Sportsnet Class A Player of the Year, which ended up going to Clayton Greuneich of Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm.  Also from the area on the 9 Man All-State team, Calen Schwabe from Thompson and Austin Urlaub from Cavalier made first team All-State at quarterback, while Brody Cahill and Garrett Munro were also first team All-State at linebacker.  Carter Brown from North Border made the second team at running back.  A big congratulations to all of these athletes, as this is a really big honor to receive.
Girls Basketball get gaming this week
The week after Thanksgiving brings the beginning of the girls basketball season.  The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals will begin their co-op with games at Grafton on Nov. 29, and in Walhalla versus North Border on Dec. 2.  The Lady Cards first home game is against second ranked Park River-Fordville-Lankin on Dec. 9.  The Cardinals are ranked ninth in the state by the Miss Hoopster, with North Star begin ranked first.  Look for District 8 and Region 4 being similar in girls hoops as it was in volleyball, with it coming down to the Cards and Bearcats for who goes to the State Tournament.  Again Ethen Askvig is the head coach for the team, assisted by Harley Brown.  Lane Christianson and Jenny Romfo are coaching the junior high.  There great numbers out for the team, 11 freshmen being the highest of any one class.  North Border starts their season at home in Walhalla against Rolla on Nov. 28, and in Pembina versus Midway-Minto on Nov. 29, before hosting Langdon-Edmore-Munich.  The Lady Eagles have a new coach this year in Aimee Eisenbeis, and she will be assisted by Heather Lafferty.  Craig Brenner is coaching the North Border junior high team.
Boys Basketball begins practice Nov. 28;  Cards have a new head coach
With the start of girls basketball games, it also means the start of boys basketball practice.  Nov. 28 is the first practices for all teams across North Dakota for all teams in boys buckets.  Andy Haaven from Munich will be stepping up to be head coach for the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals.  Andy coached the junior team last year.  He will be assisted by Tim Polansky, while former head coach Stan Dick and Tanner Groth will coach the junior teams.  The first practice for the Cardinals will be held a 4:00pm at the Langdon Activity Center.  With Edmore joining the Cardinals co-op, gyms will utilized at all three schools, plus the LAC for practices.  To keep track of that, check out the website  There is lots of good information that you can find there on all Cardinals teams.  The Cardinals boys team will start their year Dec. 9 at Towner-Granville-Upham, in Towner.  There first home is Dec. 13 versus Midway-Minto.  Coach Haaven said that he has a lot of players out who want to win, and expect them to play an uptempo, crowd and player pleasing style of ball this winter.
“See ya!” next week!