Jake’s take on sports

The winter sports season comes to a screeching halt

Posted 3/17/2017

By Jake Kulland

Well, here we are this week at the end of North Dakota high school winter sports.  It’s always wild how it is so incredibly busy and suddenly — nothing.  So we are in the withdrawl period of it all, which for me is like any other addiction, very hard to quit.  But stop we will until the spring sports get ramped up, and that is all sooner than you think.  But first, let’s wrap up the winter season with some great stuff:

Langdon Blades Bantams win State Bantam B Gold title

A big shout out this week to the Langdon Blades bantam hockey team winning the Bantam B Gold championship held in Grand Forks March 10-12.  The Blades had fans hearts racing to say the least, as they won their last two games in overtime.  You can pictures and more info about the tourney in this week’s Republican.  But again congrats to everyone involved, from Coach Nic Roy to the players and supporters of the team, and of course the winners and holders of the “Golden Sledgehammer”, given to the Blades player of the game after each contest.  All good stuff, and we will look forward to seeing many of these players in action next year, as several move up to the junior gold ranks.

Region 4 Boys Basketball Tournament moved twice

A bizzare story since we last talked came for the the Region 4 Boys Basketball Tournament, which was moved not once but twice due to stormy weather the week of March 6.  In a rather unprecedented situation, the tourney along with Region 6 in Minot and Region 8 in Williston all were moved to March 9-11 on the weekend.  The Langdon-Munich-Cardinals showed some very good signs in an opening round loss to top ranked Four Winds-Minnewaukan.  After a rough start the Cards got used to playing in the big lights of the region atmosphere, and played right with the Indians, even outscoring them 25-13 in the third quarter.  For a team that has just one senior in Jakob Iverson on the roster, the decent showing obviously means hopes for the next several years for the Cardinals program will be growing.  Congratulations to Coach Andy Haaven and the team on a 12-10 season.  The Indians ended up winning the tournament and are making their seventh State B Tournament appearance since 2006.

Spring sports getting going;  Parents meeting set for March 21

The official start to the spring sports season will be the Pembina County Indoor Track Meet, held March 25 at the UND High Performance Center in Grand Forks.  The Langdon-Edmore-Munich boys and girls track teams will participate in their first meet of the year, as of course will the Pembina County North Grizzlies, who are co-hosting the event.  We missed a couple of coaches who are assisting the Cardinals program this year in Sam Preble who is running the weight room, and Ken Carwile, who is helping with a variety of things. Also Cardinals High School Baseball will get started with their first practice, held indoors on March 20.  Josh Krivarchka will be the head coach for the Cards again this year, assisted for the first time by Tanner Groth.  And finally a Parents Meeting will be held on March 21 at 6:30pm at the Langdon High School Gym.  This is for players and parents for anyone participating in track, baseball or golf this spring.  We will continue to provide more spring sports information in the weeks ahead.

“See ya!” next week!