The season transition begins
By Jake Kulland
Here we all are on the brink of August as we write this time around, and that means we are moving not only to the end of summer, but to local sports working into fall activities. It’s been a month of July that has seen many could things happen for our area, and although we are not quite ready for it yet, more good times look to coming in the fall for many of our teams. So, let’s talk this week in length about a large number of topics dealing with the past, present and future:
NE American Legion Tournament ends with some fun baseball
Langdon and American Legion Field was host to the 2017 Northeast Region American Legion Baseball Tournament, held July 18-22. Everything went off very well, and although there were a couple of weather issues, the tournament was completed on time on July 22. Thompson beat unbeaten Nelson County in two well played Championship Games 8-6 and 7-3 to win the title. The Langdon Red Sox Post 98 team won one game and lost two to end their season with a record of 16-14. It was a good year for first year Coach Tanner Groth and the club, and they only lose Erik Aanderud off this years team going into next year. They were hoping to make to state this year, but they are guaranteed a spot next season, as Langdon has been awarded to host the 2018 State Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament. Many thanks to everyone that helped out with the tournament by volunteering there time, and we will recognize some of those people in this column next week.
Langdon Babe Ruth Eagles make state for the first time since 1975
Right after the NE Region Legion Tourney, the Langdon Eagles Babe Ruth team won the first two games of a State Qualifying Series over Cando to head to a State Tournament for the first time since 1975. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but no one can find any record of it happening since the mid-70’s. That’s makes this years achievement all the more special, as the Eagles sported a 19-1 record going into the State Babe Ruth Tournament in Thompson held July 28-Aug. 1. They have won 19 games in a row since losing to Grafton in their first game of the season. Coaches Kade Pengilly and Logan Waslaski have a very good team that hopes to do a lot of damage at state, and we wish them the best of luck. By the way, the Babe Ruth team in Langdon is nicknamed the Eagles, because the Langdon Eagles Club has been their main sponsor pretty much since Aerie 3454 came into existence long, long ago. And what about that 1975 team? Well they were coach by Lyle Gomarko, and sported a state tourney roster that included in alphabetical order: Rick Christianson, Dale Clover, George Collins, Joe Dosmann, Mike Garret, Jay Gellner, Bob Goodwin, Tim Greene, Bob Hawley, Randy Hill, Greg Hiltner, Marwood Klein, Wayne Rosland, Don Schommer, Don Schuley, Gary Stout, Doug Sturlaugson and Mark Waind. They won one game and lost two at the State Tournament. Let’s hope for two things, that this years squad can get a little deeper in the this year tourney, and that it doesn’t take another 42 years for another Eagles Babe Ruth team to make State.
Langdon Country Club closing out tournament season
August also means the last three big tournaments at the Langdon Country Club are being held. The first is the annual Borgen String Tournament, hosted every year by Dennis and Maryl Borgen. This tourney will held Aug. 5 with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10. It features 18 holes of golf and a meal at the halfway point around noon. Now, Dennis tells us that this might be the last Borgen String Tournament ever held, so don’t miss your chance to get involved. If you have questions, call Dennis at 701-370-1174. The other big tournaments at the course in August are the Men’s Miller Lite Tournament coming up on Aug. 12, and Langdon Ladies City Tourney on Aug. 13. We will have more information on both of those next week.
Cardinals football meetings coming up this week
As we said at the top of the column, that times are moving right into fall sports, and the Langdon-Edmore-Munich football program is leading the charge. For the first time, Edmore will be in the Cardinals gridiron co-op this year. Josh Krivarchka is running the show once again this season, and he tells us that a Parents Meeting for players going into grades 7-12 will be held this Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Langdon High School study hall. There will be an equipment handout to follow. Practice for both the junior high and high school teams will start on Aug. 9 at 7 a.m. To say that there is excitement about the Cardinals team this year would a gigantic understatement. Lots of exciting things are expected to happen, and some very lofty goals will be set. The varsity team opens their season on the road at Lisbon on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m.
Langdon hockey signup happening July 31
Let’s leave you this week by actually talking about a winter sport. The Langdon Blades hockey program is having their Registration Night on July 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Dakota Spirit Arena. It seems early being it is still July, but they want to get a jump on things for the upcoming season. They have set a deadline to signup as Aug. 1, 2017, so we encourage to get you to get your kids signed up on July 31. Children must be three years of age by July 1 2017 to participate, and if this is your child’s first year on skates, they will waive the fee to play. If you can’t make it out to the arena on July 31, please call either Heather Rime at 701-256-3918 or Jayna Hoffarth at 701-256-3418 for more information.
“See ya!” next week!