Sports

Cavalier County Sports History

Winter, 2007

The Langdon Lady Cardinals basketball team dropped a home contest to the Park River-Fordville-Lankin Flyers on January 23, 42-36, in a defensive battle.

Researched by Dennis Throndset

Langdon managed a two-point lead at the half but were outscored in the final two stanzas. Courtney Becker and Steph Waltz led the Cards in scoring with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Katie Ralston led the Flyers with 12 points. n their last home game of the regular season, the Lady Cards Cardinals lost a game to the Adams-Edmore Prowlers, 45-40. Adams-Edmore led at each quarter stop in the low-scoring contest. Haley Breyer had 12 points to lead the Cards. Adrienne Thomas scored 18 for the Prowlers.

The Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm girls team downed the Rolla-Rock Lake Bulldogs, 47-37, in a District 8 contest. The win boosted the Storm’s district record to 5-2 on the season. Leading the way for the victors were Brittany Wirth and Kallyn Klein. Wirth had her fifth consecutive triple-double and 24 points. Klein had a double-double and scored 12 points. Freshman Heather Carlson led the Bulldogs with 11 points.

The Cardinals boys team from dropped two district games during the week as they lost to Minnewaukan-Leeds, 72-59, and Adams-Edmore, 54-52. Jesse Zeis and Chris Beneda were both in double figures vs. the fifth-ranked Lions. Zeis had 20 points and Beneda 15. R. J. Darling canned 31 points to lead his team. Versus Adams-Edmore, the district’s second-place spot was up for grabs. Both teams entered the game at Edmore with 3-1 district records. The Prowlers, behind Nick Bylin’s 32 points, won the game which was tied after the third quarter stop. Eric Schauer and Justin Overby had 13 and 12, respectively, for Langdon. Jason Kendall was also in double figures for the Adams-Edmore with 10 points.

The Munich-Starkweather Magic Storm boys team picked up two district wins as they handled Rolla-Rock Lake, 47-36, and Rolette-Wolford, 84-29. Zach Sager led all scorers against the Bulldogs with 12 points. Jake Joraanstad had 10 for Rolla-Rock Lake. In the game against the Comets, the Magic Storm raced to a 41-17 halftime lead and never even thought of slowing down. Richard Wright had five three-pointers in his game-high total of 27 points. Travis Beck and Trevor Schommer were also in double figures with 13 and 11. Pete Thomas was the Comets’ leading scorer with eight points.

The Langdon Blades finished seventh in a tournament held in Grand Forks the last weekend in January. In the opening round they dropped a close game to Duluth, 5-4. They lost in a shoot-out to the Grand Forks Gold. They ended their tourney play on a high note as they rallied to defeat Grand Rapids, MN, 8-3. Drew Simmons was in goal against Duluth and Grand Rapids. Ryan Bachman minded the net against Grand Forks. Ryan Howatt and Tanner Adam each had two goals in the win versus Grand Rapids. Howatt also had three assists.

The pairings for the 2007 Girls Class B District #8 were announced. The tournament was in Rolla and would begin on February 8. #1 Minnewaukan-Leeds versus #8 St. John, #4 Rolette-Wolford vs. #5 Langdon, #2 Starkweather-Munich vs. #7 Rolla-Rock Lake, and #3 Adams-Edmore vs. #6 North Star. The tournament would conclude on February 10.

The Craig Disher Rink from the Langdon Curling Club was in Karuizawa, Japan, for the World Curling Playdowns. Others on the rink from the area were Zach and Joel Jacobson and Kevin and Karey Kakela. As of this writing, they were 2-1 following a defeat of the Norway team.

The Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm girls team had winter illnesses hit them as the dropped two games during the week of February 1-7. They first played the New Rockford-/Sheyenne Rockets without key players Kathryn Kram and Brittany Wirth. The Rockets took advantage of the missing players and raced to a 56-25 win. The Storm was led in scoring by Ali Mueller with nine points. The Rockets were led in scoring by Justine Engel with 10. As if missing two players wasn’t bad enough, they were also missing their leading scorer from the New Rockford game, Ali Mueller, against Fordville-Lankin-Park River. It was Parents’ Night at Munich, but it wasn’t a real uplifting evening. The Flyers jumped out to a 15-0 lead before the home team could get on the scoreboard. In the end, the Flyers won the game, 67-25. The Magic Storm was led in scoring by Logan Dick with nine points. On to the tournament and better days!

The Magic Storm boys had the opposite week of play than did their girls team. The boys knocked off St. John, Fordville-Lankin-Park River, and Valley-Edinburg. They picked up a District #8 win versus St. John, 58-35, in a game at Munich. Richard Wright and the Beck brothers were all in double figures – Wright, 18; Riley Beck, 12; and Travis Beck 10. Josh Davis had 13 for the Chucks. The next night, they traveled to Fordville for a victory over the Flyers, 78-46. Michael Kitsch had 19 points. He was followed by T. Beck with 12, R. Beck with 10 and Wright with 10. The third victim of the week was the Valley-Edinburg Titans whom they defeated, 48-37. This was the team’s fifth win in a row and put their overall record at 10-7. Riley Beck, with 15 points, led the Storm while Richard Wright added 10.

The Langdon Cardinals teams had a much quieter week than did their counterparts at Munich and Starkweather. The Langdon girls defeated the North Border Eagles, 48-32, in their last game prior to the district tournament. Courtney Becker and Steph Waltz were in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Brandi Lorz had 11 for the Eagles. Meanwhile, the Langdon boys ended their four-game losing streak when they outscored the Woodchucks from St. John, 77-66, in St. John. Four players scored in double figures for the Cards – Justin Overby 19, Jesse Zeis 18, Alex Chaput 12, and Chris Beneda 10.

The Langdon Blades got a little revenge when they defeated the Grand Forks Gold at Dakota Spirit Arena on February 3. The temperature was near -30 outside, but the Blades were quite hot inside the arena as they won, 8-0! Ryan Bachman got the shutout in the nets with 24 saves. Picking up goals for the locals were Travis Witzel, Tanner Adam, Tyler Balsdon, Cale Borho, Gavin Waslaski, Waslaski again, Ryan Howatt, and Brenyn Otto. The win moved their record to 20-3 on the season.

The Langdon Junior High Cardinals girls basketball team finished their season undefeated with a 15-0 record. In the Rock Lake tournament, they defeated Rolla/Rock Lake, 53-12, Rolette, 55-35, and North Star in the championship game, 50-33. The team was coached by Tami Flink, and the players were Chelsea Hurzeler, Krista Aanderud, McKenzie Hart, Steph Gellner, Morgan Kramer, Emily Fetsch, Julie Dinius, Breanna Mack, Mercedes Stein, Alistair Crockett, Shannon Overby, and Justina Klindt. The statisticians were Sarah Kram and Brynn Halley.

The Craig Disher rink from Langdon won the World Curling Championship held in Japan. The team consisted of Disher, Zach Jacobson, Joel Jacobson, Karey Kakela, and Kevin Kakela. They defeated a team from British Columbia, Canada, for the title. Young Zane Jacobson was also in the spotlight as he was competing in the USCA Curling Junior Nationals in Seattle, WA. They were in second place at press time.

Congratulations to Cale Benoit of the North Border wrestling team! Cale picked up his 1,000 career win during the Region II dual tournament on February 3.

“We Are Marshall” was playing at the Roxy Theatre in Langdon. It starred Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, David Strathaim, and Robert Patrick.

The top country song in the land was “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins. The top pop song in the winter of 2007 was still “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce.

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