Cavalier County Sports History

Winter 2007

The Langdon Cardinal girls basketball team downed the North Star Bearcats on January 28, 45-38.  The Lady Cards led at all quarter stops, and, once the Cards got a lead, they didn’t give it up.  Haley Breyer led the Cardinal charge with 18 points and 10 rebounds.  The Bearcats were led in scoring by Jill Laturnus with 10.  The Cards record stood at 4-1 in the district while North Star fell to 3-5.

Two days later, the Cardinals couldn’t find the bucket!  They hosted Minnewaukan-Leeds, and the Lions grabbed a 15-3 lead after the first quarter.  From then on, the Lions continued to pummel the Cards with a final score of 56-18.  Courtney Becker was the leading scorer for the Cards, but she only managed six points.  Bobbi Gran led the Lions with 22.  The Lions kept their unbeaten district record and are now 6-0.  The Cards fell to 4-2.

The Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm won another district game when they hosted the Adams-Edmore Prowlers in Starkweather.  The Storm led by 15 points at the half and won the contest, 65-53. Kallyn Klein, Brittany Wirth and Kathryn Kram all scored 15 points to lead the team.  Laura Bylin led the Prowlers with 26.

Although they were missing their point guard, Kathryn Kram, they picked up another district win over St. John, 53-33, in St. John.  Brittany Wirth carried the load for the Storm with 24 points.  Becky Nielsen added 11.  The Magic Storm was 4-1 in the district while the Woodchucks were 0-9.

At this point in the 06-07 season the following standings and statistics were printed: District 8 Girls Basketball Stats as of January 24:

The top four scorers in the district and their averages were:  Brittany Wirth of S-M, 16.7; Stacy Nygaard of A/E, 16; Alexis Murphy of St. John, 14.7; and Laura Bylin of A/E, 13.  The top four rebounders midway through the 06-07 season were:  Sheena Laducer of St. John, 10.5; Alexis Murphy of St. John, 8.7; Jill Laturnus of North Star, 8; and Laura Bylin of Adams/Edmore, 7.9.

The Langdon Blades made their annual trip out to western North Dakota and eastern Montana when they played Crosby, Richland, and Watford City.  The Langdon boys won all three games!  They defeated Crosby, 18-1, as Travis Witzel had five goals, and Jake Klingbeil had a hat trick.  Drew Simmons had only 15 stops.  Versus Richland, in Sidney, Montana, they Blades had trouble starting their engines.  After scoring no goals in the first period, they rallied for six in the net in the second period and led, 6-2.  They scored four more goals in the final period and won, 10-2.  Ryan Bachman had 24 saves in the Richland game.  In the finale, Langdon played at Watford City, a very competitive game.  The Blades scored the first four goals of the game on the way to a 7-4 victory.  Witzel picked up his ninth goals to get the action started for the Blades in Crosby.

The Langdon boys team traveled to Cando to play the North Star Bearcats.  A win would mean that the Cards would remain undefeated in District 8 play.  Win they did, by a score of 66-56.  Jesse Zeis scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second quarter to put a charge in the Cards.  They led at the half, 30-22.  Also in double figures for Langdon were Eric Schauer with 16 and Chris Beneda with 11.  Tanner Komrosky with 13 and Derek Belle with 10 led the Bearcats.

The top four scorers in District 8 were Nick Bylin of Adams/Edmore, 21.5; R.J. Darling of Minn-Leeds, 17.1; Reid Haagenson of Minn-Leeds, 16.5; and Riley Beck of Stark-Munich, 14.5.  The top four rebounders in the district were:  Bylin of Adams/Edmore, 16; Justin Overby of Langdon, 7; Cobretti Parisien of St. John, 6.8; Ben Cline of Minn-Leeds, 6.6

Gene Manson, a Langdon High graduate in 1967, achieved his 600th win as a boys basketball coach when his team defeated Jamestown on January 20.  Manson has coached in Adams, St. Thomas, and Devils Lake, prior to Minot Magic City High.  Only Eddie Beyer of Hillsboro has more wins than Manson.  Beyer’s win total stands at 669.

Playing at the Roxy Theatre in Langdon was “The Holiday” starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Jude Law.

The most popular song in February of 2007 was still “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce’. In country music, “It Just Comes Natural” by George Strait.

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