The Magic Storm boys basketball team ran their winning streak to three games as they topped the Maddock Bobcats, 58-37. They led at all quarter stops and had a 20-point lead going into the final quarter. Riley Beck and Zach Sager were in double figures with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Beck also had seven rebounds and five assists. The Magic Storm’s record stood at 4-5.
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Despite the fact that the game was close throughout the first half, the Rolette-Wolford Comets turned it on in the second half to pepper the Langdon Cardinals, 47-30. The Lady Cards did not shoot the ball very well, nor did they come out of the locker room ready to play; according to Coach Gary Schauer. Courtney Becker led the team in scoring with nine points. Kristyn Nelson had 25 for the Comets.
After the girls basketball teams took part in the Lake Region Invitational prior to the Christmas holiday, the boys had their tournament in early January at the Ramsey County Invitational. Both Langdon and Munich-Starkweather took part in the event. The Magic Storm took the consolation title while Langdon claimed third place. Munich was pushed into the consolation round by the Cardinals in the opening round, 51-48. For the Cards, Justin Overby had 13 and Eric Schauer had 10. The Storm was led by Riley Beck who scored 21 points. In their second game, Munich-Starkweather stopped Warwick, 66-57. Michael Kitsch and Richard Wright led the Storm with 15 points each. Vernell Jackson had 10 for the Warriors. On Day 2 semifinals, the Cards were blistered by the Lions from Minnewaukan-Leeds, 68-37. Reid Haagenson led the Lions with 20 counters. Also in double figures was R.J. Darling with 14. Jesse Zeis and Justin Overby each had eight for Langdon. On the final day of the tourney, the Magic Storm came away from the event with the consolation trophy. They downed the Devils Lake JV, 58-45, behind Richard Wright’s 18 points. Michael Kitsch and Riley Beck each added 11. Langdon finished the tourney in good style by taking third over Adams-Edmore, 57-44. Alex Chaput, Chris Beneda, and Justin Overby all scored in double figures with 16, 15, and 10, respectively. Nick Bylin had 21 for the Prowlers.
The Ramsey County All-tournament team was announced and had the following athletes on its list: RJ Darling from Minnewaukan-Leeds, Seth Nichols of Dakota Prairie, Vernell Jackson of Warwick, Cory Wall of Lakota, Nick Bylin of Adams/Edmore, Ross Severson of Dakota Prairie, Reid Haagenson of Minnewaukan-Leeds, Justin Overby of Langdon, Riley Beck of Munich-Starkweather, Casey Myklebust of Devils Lake JV, and Kenny Schmidt of Minnewaukan-Leeds.
The Magic Storm girls team had a busy week in early January as they played three games in five days. The good thing about the three-game stretch was they won all three games! On the 11th, they nipped district foe, North Star, 37-33. Brittany Wirth scored 13 to lead the team. Megan Vote had 16 for the Bearcats. On January 13, they downed North Border, 44-39. In that game, Wirth had 20 points to lead her team to victory. The third win came against Four Wind/Warwick in Warwick. The Storm came out on top, 51-25. Wirth had 19 and Kathryn Kram added 10.
Just as the Magic Storm girls had three games in five days, so did the Cardinals! On January 11, they hosted the Cavalier Tornadoes. Although the Cards got out to a first quarter lead, the rest of the game was close. Cavalier scored with less than a minute to play to win, 46-45. Courtney Becker with 13 and Ashley Hall with 12 led the Cards in scoring. Cassidy King had 14 for Cavalier. Two nights later, the Cards were facing the #10 ranked team in North Dakota, the Midway-Minto Mustangs. This was a home game, and the Cards led at the half, 19-18. But, they couldn’t hold the lead as the Mustangs came back with the victory, 45-36. Sarah Schuster led the Mustangs with 16 points. Courtney Becker was Langdon’s leader with 17 points. The third game in the week was a good one for the Cards. They defeated Rolla-Rock Lake, 49-43. The Cards were down by eight at the half, but they had a terrific third quarter and led, 42-34, at the third stop. Ashley Hall and Janae Klindt had 12 and 11, respectively. Bethany Haberstroh had 13 for the Bulldogs.
The Langdon Blades had a busy week as well. First off, they played Rugby and had the “best period of the year,” according to Coach Jeff Howatt. The final was 13-4. They then played the Mayville-Portland Ice Dawgs. With Ryan Howatt scoring four goals and Tanner Adam getting the hat trick, the team had a great performance. The Blades would not make three in a row though. They ran into a buzz saw in the Grand Forks Gold on January. The Blades starter fast with Ben Hoffarth, Jake Klingbeil, Cale Borho, and Ryan Howatt scoring first period goals. Trailing 5-2 going into the third period, the Gold would score five unanswered goals to defeat the Blades by a final of 7-5.
The Langdon Cardinal boys team remained unbeaten in District 8 play by downing the Rolette-Wolford Comets, 64-43. Four Comet players were suspended for training rules violations during the week, so Langdon was able to get off to a great start with a 34-13 halftime lead. Jesse Zeis had 16, Justin Overby 14, and Chris Beneda 10 to lead the scoring. The second game of the week didn’t go so well for the Cards. They fell to the North Border Eagles, 70-43. The Cards led at the half, 28-22, but the Eagles outscored the Cards 25-8 in the third period, and 23-7 in the final quarter for the win. Eric Schauer had 15 and Justin Overby 10 for Langdon. Mike Mathison had 21 and Tanner Carpenter 19 for the Eagles.
The Magic Storm boys picked up their first district win by holding off North Star, 47-36. The score was close throughout the contest with the Storm holding a slight edge all the way. Riley Back’s 14 and Zach Sager and Richard Wright’s 10 each paced the Magic Storm. Tanner Komrosky had 12 for the Bearcats. Four nights later, the Magic Storm hosted the Warwick Warriors and lost to them, 57-47. The Storm had defeated them in the consolation finals of the Ramsey County tournament, but the Warriors turned the page on the hosts. Riley Beck was the only Storm player in double figures. He had 13. Victor Jackson had 21 for the Warriors.
“The Pursuit of Happiness” was showing at the Roxy in Langdon. It starred Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and Thandie Newton.
The pop song that was the favorite around America was still “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce’ This song was the #1 pop song in 2007, and it was #1 for eight weeks to start the year! In country music, the #1 song was “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins.