Jake’s take on sports

Cold days are coming to an endPosted 12/17/2016

By Jake Kulland
As we begin to visit this week, it has been one cold day after another in Cavalier County.  The coldest one of all appears to be yet to come on Dec. 17, when the high temp is set for 13 below. Better times are on the horizon, however, as we are expected to see a 35 degree or better jump in our high’s for the week ahead.  Let’s face it, we have been absolutely spoiled rotten with some beautiful winters months the last couple of years, with way above normal temperatures and below average snow.  I love it when people lose their minds when blizzard conditions or frigid temps come our way. As much as we hate to say it, this is what is supposed to be like in our area this time of year.  The staring at your brown grass in February is very uncommon, this is more of what things are like more often than not.  Snowmobilers ought to be having a blast in the week ahead, and we wish them all safe runs.
Lady Cards hand Thompson first home loss since 2012
And interesting tidbit of information came out of a recent girls basketball game where Langdon-Munich-Edmore won at Thompson 64-61 on Dec. 10.  The home loss by the Tommies girls was the first time that has happened since Valentines Day of 2012, when they lost to the then Central Valley Valiants.  It ended up being a streak of 36 straight home wins for Thompson (!).  In the 36 game run, the Tommies went to the State Class B Girls Basketball Tournament three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  Thompson coach Jason Brend told us that the oldest player on this year Tommies team was just a sixth grader at the time the streak started.  It’s just a great story about what has become on of the most respected girls hoops programs in the state.  Congratulations to Coach Brend and all of the players that made it possible!  On a side note, Dennis “Scoop” Throndset told us that the Langdon boys basketball program once had a 54 game home winning streak that stretched from the mid to late 70s, and from the old school gym where the Langdon Activity Center now stands, to where the gym is now.  It’s all good, good stuff.
A few activities before Christmas
Before the Christmas break, there are still a few things happening local sports wise.  The Lady Cards girls basketball team is playing their last game before the break at Bottineau on Dec. 17, while the boys teams has two more games, at Walhalla against North Border on Dec. 19, then a makeup game against Towner-Granville-Upham in Towner on Dec. 22.  The Langdon Blades junior gold hockey team is home to Richland on Dec. 16, then they play at Grand Forks Dec. 17 and MayPort Dec. 18, while the girls Blades are at home to Richland as well Dec. 16, entertain Crosby Dec. 17, then play at Carman, MB Dec. 18.  Their is also open skating planned at Dakota Spirit Arena from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 23.  There are some things planned between Christmas and New Year’s, but we will save that talk for next weeks column.
“See ya!” next week!