Tough loss but a great year for Cardinals football
By Jake Kulland
We start the column, which has a lot of great information this week, by recapping the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals loss in the State Class A Championship game held November 10 at the Fargodome. First off, what a tremendous turnout of Cardinals faithful who made it to the Dome to watch their favorite team play. They turned one side of the Dome into the “Red Sea of Fargo”, which was a bigger crowd than what Hillsboro-Central Valley brought although they were closer to Fargo. Fans from all three communities of Langdon, Edmore and Munich plus the surrounding area came to hopefully witness the first state title in Cardinals program history. Unfortunately, that did not happen, as the Cards fought hard but lost 16-14. The team had a few uncharacteristic things happen to them, for whatever the reason, that hadn’t happened to them all year. There were a few unanswered questions after the game (Like, “Does the Fargodome charge to bring out the chain gang for a measurement or something?” Or, “Is the chain gang not allowed on the field of play to measure anything because it’s the Dakota Bowl?”), and for sure the players, coaches and fans wish they had a couple of plays back that they could do over again. But, it’s not like they lost to a patsy as the Burros were big, and they were tough. The Cards continued to fight through some mistakes and made a game of it, albeit a little too late. We still thank the Cardinals players ,and especially the seniors, for the many thrills and memories they gave us over their careers that will last forever for their many fans. The postseason accolades are starting to come in for this year’s team, so let’s tell about some of them.
Cards put 10 players on the All-Region 2A team; Coach K named Class A Coach of the Year
When a team goes 11-1 on the season and runs the table in Region 2A, you would think that they would put a number of players of the All-Region 2A team. That’s exactly what happened to Langdon-Edmore-Munich as they had 10 (!!) players make All-Region, which was released recently. Six players got first team honors: Jacob Delvo, Chase Peebles, Conner Tetrault, Hayes Haslekaas, Anfernee Economy and Carter Currey. Four more players got honorable mention: Brady Otto, Nathan Lorenz, Grant Romfo and Simon Romfo. Delvo was also named Region 2A Senior Athlete of the Year. We also want to give a shout-out to Carter Brown of North Border who made the All-Region 2 9-Man Team and was named Region 2 Senior Athlete of the Year. Langdon-Edmore-Munich’s “Coach K”, Josh Krivarchka, was Region 2A, and eventually North Dakota Class A, Coach of the Year. That is quite an honor, and I’m sure he would trade that it in for a State Championship, but it’s great to see Coach Krivarchka’s intensity and dedication recognized at the state level. Congrats to all, and the All-State Football teams are expected to be announced sometime around Thanksgiving.
Lady Cards State Tournament appearance record turns 18
A big time congratulations also goes out this week to the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals Volleyball team who won another Region 4 Volleyball Tournament title in Devils Lake on November 9. The win makes it the 18th time that the Lady Cards have gone to a state t ournament, which is a Class B record. The next closest are two teams that are also in the state tourney this year, Central Cass at 15 and Thompson at 13. Since making their first trip to State in 1993, the Lady Cards have gone to the Big Dance 18 out of 24 years (!!!). What a program! It has been run the longest by Rich Olson, who has been a head coach for the team now for well over 20 years. This year’s team has made it’s own mark though, taking a 39-3 record to the State B Tournament held in the Fargodome November 16-18. Their only three losses came to defending state champion LaMoure, and they were all in best of three matches at invitational tournaments. The Cardinals put four girls on the All-Region 4 team, led by Rachel Hill, who was also named Region 4 Senior Athlete of the Year, along with Jordyn Worley, Arynn Crockett and Callie Ronningen. The Lady Cards will be going for their fourth state title, trying to add another to ones won in 2003, 2008 and 2010. We wish them the best of luck in Fargo.
Let’s talk some hoops
With volleyball being the last fall sport to finish its season, winter sports are beginning to roll big time. We said last week that girls basketball has begun practice across North Dakota. Talking with new Langdon-Edmore-Munich Coach Rob Scherr, he said that after volleyball concludes, he expects to have a total of 23 girls out for the team in grades 9-12. As we told you a couple weeks ago, the Lady Cards are ranked number one in the state in the Miss Hoopster preview and will play ninth ranked Grafton in their first game of year at home in Langdon on November 28. We will actually begin our winter sports broadcast schedule in Rock Lake on November 27 as Rolla will play North Border. There are lots of fond memories of doing games in the Rock Lake gym, and after it was a huge success when the Cardinals and Bulldogs played a boys game there last winter, it was determined that one game a year will be played there. The Bulldogs-Eagles girls game is the one. One note that North Border has a new head coach this year. Craig Brenner, who has coached various teams as an assistant, will take over with this being the first, that we know of, as head coach in North Dakota. Boys basketball will not begin practicing until November 27, but the Langdon-Edmore-Munich team has already been recognized by the Hoopster Preview. They are ranked 13th in their Top 40 Power Poll to start the season. That is the first time in many, many a moon that they have been ranked. We will focus a little more on the boys team next week.
And let’s get in some puck talk
We will leave you this week by saying that things are getting busy, busy, busy at Dakota Spirit Arena. The junior gold team has already played two games, losing to Swan Lake, MB 5-1 on Nov. 4, and then to Morden, MB 11-6 on Nov. 11. The Blades haven’t had their full team together yet due to a number of them playing on the Cardinals football team. They hope to get things together with two games at MacGregor and Gladstone, MB on Nov. 18-19. Their next home game is also their first North Dakota league game against Grand Forks, which a late addition to the schedule, on Nov. 26 at 4:00 p.m. Meanwhile the Blades girls hockey team is ready to get their season underway at a tournament in Grand Forks on Nov. 24-26. They will play West Fargo at 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 24, then the “Winnipeg Twins” at 7:45 p.m. later that evening. The girls team will be coached this year by Kristi Hennager, who is taking over for Jacy Bata this season. Kristi is a former Blades player and a former assistant coach. Other Langdon teams including the Pee Wees, Squirts and Mites also have home games the weekend of Nov. 18-19. We encourage you to check out the website dakotaspiritarena.org for more information.
“See ya!” next week!