Jake’s take on sports

60 degree temps in April a wonderful thing

Posted 4/07/2017

By Jake Kulland

We come to you this week ready with the Allman Brothers songs ready to crank up, as that is always  one of the first things we do when nice weather comes to our area. I guess it’s always just a “Rite of Spring” ritual that we always do when we can roll down the windows and enjoy the 60 plus degree temperatures that we are expecting the weekend of April 7-9. Now of course things aren’t going to stay that way, as we are also expected to be in the 30s the beginning of the week ahead. It’s not July, but things are looking to warm back up by next weekend.  We have a lot of things to tell you this time around, so let’s get to it.

High School Baseball to begin this week

The Langdon-Edmore-Munich high school baseball team hopes to begin it’s season on April 10, although it is very much weather permitting. The Cardinals were supposed to have their first home game of the year on that day versus Grafton, but American Legion Field is not quite ready for prime time, so the game will be played in Grafton, if it gets played at all.  After a game at Midway-Minto on April 13, it looks like the Cards home opener will be April 17 versus Park River-Fordville-Lankin. There are six teams in Region 4 this year and along with the three aforementioned clubs, also in the Cardinals league is St. Thomas-Drayton-Valley-Edinburg and Pembina County North (Cavalier/North Border). The PCN Grizzlies hope to start their season at home in Walhalla against Midway-Minto April 10. Again Josh Krivarchka and Tanner Groth are coaching the Cards this year, and they hope to make the same kind of jump that the Langdon-Edmore-Munich football and boys basketball teams did earlier this year.

Outdoor track season to start Tuesday;  Langdon to host first meet on April 20, volunteers needed

Track season hopes to have the first outdoor meet of the year in Devils Lake on April 11. The forecast does look like it will be near 50 degrees that day, which is borderline for boys and girls track. If that does not work out, the Langdon-Edmore-Munich will hold their first of two varsity meets April 20 in Langdon. Everything begins at 3:00 p.m. that day, and volunteers are needed for everything from helping run several events, to keeping times and distances and to help in the press box.  If you can lend a hand, please contact the Langdon High School at 701-256-5291.  Home meets are a great thing for everyone, and help is needed to make sure they run smoothly and keep them coming in the future.  The dates for the Cardinals other varsity home meet is April 29, and they will also host a junior high meet on May 9.

Langdon Country Club sets date for first Stag Night

While things are a little ways off for the course at the Langdon Country Club to open, the board of directors has set April 18 as the date for their first Tuesday Night Men’s Stag of the season.  The kitchen will be open, under the new direction of Sabrina Marcelin, who is taking over for Theresa Stewart, who had a baby in the golf off season.  Look for the same kind of expanded menu as past years, but it may just be steaks and burgers for the first couple of weeks. Ethen Askvig is again the clubhouse manager for the course, running the bar and pro shop. He is also the man to get a hold of if you would like to book the clubhouse for any special events or business outings. For the course itself, Kevin “Cocoa” Beauchamp will be the new head grounds keeper for the course, taking over for Curt Sando.  Snow is off all of the greens so we are told, but a few more warm days are needed before things get swinging.  The date for the annual spring meeting of the club is set for April 25, but we will have more info on that in the weeks ahead.

Milton Mud Run good to go for April 14

The Good Friday Milton Mud Run is ready to roll on April 14.  This off road ride for you and your 4 wheeler or side by side will start at 10:00 a.m. from the North 40 Bar in Milton, with registration beginning at 8:30.  There is also a preregistration at the North 40 during the evening before on April 13 from 6-9 p.m.  They will stop for lunch in Mountain, then wind back to Milton where the North 40 will serve chili after the run.  Proceeds for this years event will once again go to Altru Hospice, and over $11,000 was raised for that great cause last year.  This run has gotten huge each year as time goes on, and the weather looks perfect this time around.  Contact Travis Peterson and Dan Balsdon, this years trail coordinators, for more information.  Also the Wales Mudfest is coming up on April 22, but we will talk that up more next week to avoid any confusion.

“See ya!” next week!