Jake’s Take on Sports

Snow before Halloween

It’s a been a long while (At least it seems that way) since we have had snow on the ground before and after Halloween in our area.Posted 11/2/17

We couldn’t pin point the exact year at press time, but in our memory that is now getting older and more forgetful, it seems like it’s been forever that snow has fallen so early that looks like it’s here until like March.  The next couple weeks ahead doesn’t show anything near freezing for high temps (Although after Nov. 4 we aren’t expecting any more snow for awhile either), so it might just be “Grin and bear it” time.  Complaining doesn’t do much good as there is nothing anyone can do about it, so I guess lets just look at the positives and say this may the best snowmobiling season we will have in a decade or more.  There, we all feel better now, right?   We have lots to get to this week, so let’s get on it.

Second year of Semifinal Football for the Cardinals

As we write this week, the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals football team is getting ready for a Semifinal Class A 11 Man Playoff Game, at Velva on Nov. 4.  Both teams are 10-0 on the season, and the reason the Cards are on the road west is due to the new “Quality Results Formula” that is being used for the North Dakota High School Activities Association.  It basically means that a number compiled by a teams wins and wins of the teams they’ve beaten gives you a QRF number.  The Cards number was 49.7 and the Aggies 53.4, so that’s why Velva will host the game.  For the most part it came down to Langdon-Edmore-Munich playing and beating Lisbon in a non-conference game, and the Broncos were winless on the season, which hurt the Cardinals QRF.  But enough about that, it is what it is, and the Cards will need to play regardless of the location.  The Cardinals program is trying for their third straight trip to the Dakota Bowl, with the other years being 2000 and 2009. Who beat the Cards in each title game?  Well, it was Velva. Hopefully the Cardinals can get over the hump over the Aggies, then see if the third time is the charm for a State Title, which would be played Nov. 10 at 12 Noon at the Fargodome.  We wish them the best!

Region 4 Volleyball Tournament starts Nov. 6

Right in the thick of playoff highs school football, begins the 2017 Region 4 Volleyball Tournament, to be held at the Devils Lake Sports Center Nov. 6-9.  The Lady Cards of Langdon-Edmore-Munich will begin their postseason run at 3:00pm on Nov. 6 in the first round of the tourney.  They will play either eighth seeded St. John or ninth seeded Rolla in the first round.  They will carry a sparkling 36-3 record into the postseason, with their only losses coming in best of three tournament matches to defending state champion LaMoure-Litchville-Marion.  The Lady Cards are looking forward to another State Tournament berth, but can’t look past any of the teams they may face in the Regional.  There is no margin for error in a regional setting, but I’m Coach Rich Olson will get that message across to his team.  Dennis “Scoop” Throndset will have continuing coverage of the Region 4 Tournament here in the Republican.

Cross County comes to a close

The State Class B Cross Country Meet was held in Valley City on Oct. 28.  The Langdon-Edmore-Munich boys and girls teams took 14th and 18th in the final team standings, and being they were around 45 teams in each division that is very respectable.  The Cardinals Elise Ramberg took 9th on the girls side to reach all-state status.   I know Elise was shooting for a state title, but we are all proud of her efforts this season, and winning the East Region crown and finishing on the all-state team is certainly a great accomplishment.  And of course she will get a chance to do this all again next year.  Congrats to all the runners and Coach Todd Hetler and a fine season for Cardinals Cross Country.

Let’s talk hockey and wrestling

The fall sports are beginning to shut down for the year, and here come the fall sports.  The Langdon Junior Gold hockey team is ready to start their season this weekend.  The Blades are back in the Canadian league they played in a couple of years ago, along with their North Dakota league.  The ND part of their schedule won’t begin until December, but the boys will start their north of border league already with two games on Nov. 4-5 versus Swan Lake, MB, with a home game at Dakota Spirit Arena on Nov. 5 at 2:00 p.m.  They will also host Morden on Nov. 11 at 4:00 p.m. The Blades junior gold team is a little unique this year in that they have combined the bantams with the older players to create a near 20 player roster.  And there are co-coaches for the team this year, with Wayne Borgen and Nic Roy helming the program this season.  Also Kristi Hennegar has agreed to coach the girls hockey team taking over for Jacy Borgen.  We will talk more about that when that gets a little close.  Another winter sport that is starting up is High School Wrestling.  The Pembina County North Grizzlies will have their first practice on Nov. 6. The Grizz will be coached once again by Shawn Horgan, and they have some good talent back from last years squad that was very successful.  So, let’s enjoy a possibly snowy cold winter with some great activities, and more are on the way!

Happy deer hunting on Nov. 10 and “See ya!” next week!

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