Jake’s take on sports

Winter arrives with a vengeance

Posted 12/10/2016

By Jake Kulland
As we come to you this week, we are looking at plenty of snow outside the window.  After being blessed with fantastic fall weather through November and the first few days of December, Mother Nature reminded us that this is North Dakota, and just how spoiled we have been the last few years.  A blizzard that began Dec. 6 lasted two days and dropped at least a foot of snow on our region.  That was coupled with at times over 50 mile an hour winds, which made for countless cancellations, postponements, and school closures.  It’s quite a shock to go from near 30 degree temps to winter in a snap of a finger (Where are my gloves?  Where’s my heavy coat?  Where’s Mom? Well that last one is a stretch, but you get what I mean).  We for sure want to give a shout out to the street departments from all over, and the many people that do snow removal on the fine job they have done in extremely tough conditions.  It’s impossible to get to everyone at once, and they are doing there level best.  Someone said this reminds them of winter of ’97.  Remember that?  They promised at that time that weather like that wouldn’t happen for another 100 years.  Let’s pray they are right.
Boys basketball start pushed back for the Cardinals and some area teams
Being so many schools had to use storm days this past week (We heard Washburn has used six!!), there have been a lot things moved around with high school activities.  The Langdon-Munich-Edmore boys basketball team was to begin their season at Towner-Granville-Upham on Dec. 9, but TGU did not have the needed nine practices in to play on that date (The Cards did have just enough).  So that game has been moved to Dec. 22 at Towner.  That means the Cardinals boys will open their season at home Dec. 13 versus Midway-Minto.  It will be fun to see what Coach Andy Haaven has in store for the team, as he has said that he will bring an up tempo style of play to the court that should be very entertaining to watch.  We will look forward to seeing that and encourage everyone to come out and see it in person.  This is the Cards only home game before the Christmas break.
Lady Cards ranked fifth
The first Class B Girls Basketball Poll was released on Dec. 7, and many area teams have made the top 10.  North Star is ranked first in the state, and right behind them is Park River-Fordville-Lankin ranked second.  The 2-0 Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals also made the poll at number five.  Great to see all three teams, who are all very talented, make the first poll.  The Lady Cards hosted PRFL on Dec. 9, and that will be a nice measuring stick to see where both teams are at, albeit very early in the season.
Blades boys and girls first league home games coming Dec. 16
After being on the road the weekend of Dec. 9-10, the Langdon Blades junior gold and girls hockey teams will have a fun night playing their first home league games of the season at Dakota Spirit Arena on Dec. 16.  They will both take on the Richland Rangers, with the girls playing at 6:00 p.m., and the boys at 8:00 p.m.  We think that we have worked out negotiations with Jeff “Red Neck” Howatt to come on the air with me for the first time in many a moon to broadcast the junior gold game on 95-7 The Rock Farm.  It should be a fun night, and hopefully everyone will get out and support the teams, as they are only games in town on that evening.
Sports Profile is here
In this weeks edition of the Republican, you will find our yearly “Winter Sports Profile”, which previews Cavalier County winter sports, with schedules, coaches comments and more.  We thank our many sponsors for making this years profile possible, and we hope you enjoy it.
“See ya!” next week!