In 2007, the girls basketball teams were just beginning their District 8 tournament while the boys were finishing up their regular season play. The Junior Gold Langdon Blades were also nearing their year-end tournaments.
Researched by Dennis Throndset
The Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm girls were seeded #2 in District 8, but the Rolla-Rock Lake Bulldogs defeated them in the opening round of the tournament, 44-33. Brittany Wirth had 15 points to lead the Magic Storm. Beth Haberstroh and Heather Carlson had 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs. The Magic Storm girls were eliminated from the tourney by North Star as the Bearcats defeated them, 44-36. Brittany Wirth had a great night with 23 points. Sarah Pederson and Christine Knudson each had 11 for the Bearcats.
The Langdon Cardinals were also denied a trip to the Region IV tournament as they were eliminated in the consolation round of the District 8 tournament. The Lady Cards defeated the Rolette-Wolford Comets in the opening round of the event, 43-37. Leading the Cards in scoring was Haley Breyer with 13 points. Next the Cards faced the eventual tournament champion, Minnewaukan-Leeds Lions. The Cards had lost to the Lions twice during the regular season, and they fell again, 50-47. The Cards placed three players in double figures; Janae Klindt with 13, Haley Breyer with 12, and Courtney Becker with 10. In the regional-qualifying game, Langdon led North Star by eight points at the half but were outscored by 14 in the final two quarters. This eliminated the Cards from the tourney by a score of 54-48. Leading Langdon in scoring were Janae Klindt with 15 and Haley Breyer with 11.
Qualifying for the Region IV tournament from District 8 were Minnewaukan-Leeds, Rolla-Rock Lake, North Star, and Rolette-Wolford. County players making the all-tournament team were Kathryn Kram and Brittany Wirth from Starkweather-Munich and Courtney Becker from Langdon.
In the last home game of the season, the Langdon Cardinals hosted the Lakota Raiders on parents’ night in Langdon. After trailing by two at the intermission, the Cards rallied and defeated the Raiders, 66-51. Four players scored in double figures for Langdon – Jesse Zeis 16, Eric Schauer 12, Chris Beneda 12, and Nick Schaefer 11. Lakota’s Cory Wall led all scorers with 18 points.
The Magic Storm boys took it to the tenth-ranked Aggies from Park River, 68-46. Although the Aggies were playing without two regulars, the Magic Storm continued their late-season surge. Three players were in double figures for M-S: Ethan Dick – 18, Travis Beck – 15, and Richard Wright – 12. Justin Moe tossed in 18 for the Aggies.
The Langdon Mites took first place in a tournament at Rugby on February 10. They defeated Killarney 3-2, Devils Lake 6-2, and Rugby 11-2. The Langdon Blades took first place in a Morden Midget tournament held on February 10-11. In pool play, they downed Brandon 10-2, Winkler 7-4, and Altona 11-0. In the title game, the Blades topped Notre Dame, 7-4. Tanner Adam had a hat trick in the championship game. Drew Simmons was in the nets for all four games.
Local curlers Joel Jacobson, Zach Jacobson, Kevin Kakela, and Carey Kakela were heading for Utica, New York, for the U.S. National Curling Championships. They will play for the right to participate in the World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, in early April.
The Langdon Cards won their final game of the season in New Rockford as they defeated the Rockets, 72-64. Eric Schauer led the team with 19 points. Also in double figures were Chris Beneda with 16, Justin Overby with 12, and Jesse Zeis with 10. Levi Weber led the Rockets with 15.
The Langdon Blades record moved to 26-4 with a win and a loss in the past week. They dropped a game to Kittson County Central Varsity, 6-4. They picked up a win in Grand Forks when they defeated the Stallions, 7-4.
The final statistics were out for the District 8 boys basketball teams. Standings – Minnewaukan-Leeds, 7-0 district record, 17-2 overall record, 14 district points; Rolla-Rock Lake, 6-3, 9-10, 9; Adams-Edmore, 4-3, 8-11, 8; Langdon, 4-3, 10-9, 8; Munich/Starkweather, 4-3, 9-7, 8; North Star, 5-4, 9-10, 6; St. John, 3-7, 5-14, 3; Rolette-Wolford, 0-10, 1-16, 0. Scoring – Nick Bylin, Adams-Edmore, 21.3 points per game; R. J. Darling, Minn-Leeds, 17.9 ppg; Reid Haagenson, Minn-Leeds, 15.5 ppg; Riley Beck, Mun-Stark, 13.0 ppg; Tanner Komrosky, North Star, 11.9 ppg; Kenny Schmid, Minn-Leeds, 11.2 ppg; Blake Nelson, Rol-Wolf, 11.1 ppg, Tyler Zappone, Rol-Wolf, 10.8 ppg; Justin Overby, Langdon, 10.8 ppg; Jayde Wuori, R-RL, 10.7 ppg.
Cole Benoit, son of Keith and Loti Benoit of Olga, placed third in the State Class B Wrestling Tournament at the 171 lb. weight class. Matthew Chaput, son of Jim and Jan Chaput of Olga, placed sixth in the 140 lb. weight class at the State Class B. Both young men won over 100 matches in their wrestling careers at North Border High School. Benoit also won the regional title at the Individual Regional Tournament in Carrington.
While the girls from Langdon and Starkweather-Munich were denied a spot in the Region IV tournament in Devils Lake, the boys’ teams each qualified for the Region IV Boys Tournament to be held on March 5-8 in the Sports Center in Devils Lake. The Magic Storm, which was seeded #5, played the #4-seeded Langdon Cardinals in the opening round. The Magic Storm was victorious, 61-53, and advanced to the semifinal round. The Cardinals dropped into the consolation round and were faced with elimination. Riley Beck, Ethan Dick, and Richard Wright were in double figures against the Cards, and Justin Overby and Chris Beneda were the high scorers for Langdon in the hard-fought game. Langdon faced Rolette-Wolford in the consolation semifinal with the winner staying in the competition. Well, the Cards jumped out to a 17-point lead at the half and topped the Comets, 72-50. Justin Overby, Nick Schaefer, and Alex Chaput were all in double figures with 12, 12, and 11 points, respectively. For the Comets, Pete Thomas had a dozen points.
The Magic Storm faced Minnewaukan-Leeds in the semifinals, and fell behind 31-15 at the half. Although the Storm did strongly compete in the second half, the Lions won the contest, 74-59, behind the 22 points from Reid Haagenson. RJ Darling and Kenny Schmid were also in double figures with 16 and 13 points. For the Magic Storm, Wright and both Beck brothers were in double figures with 15, 13, and 12 points. The Cardinals faced the Adams-Edmore Prowlers for the right to play in the Region IV tournament. The Cards jumped to a 28-20 lead at the half, but they didn’t score for the first five minutes of the third quarter. The Prowlers came within one point, but the Cards held on with good free throw shooting in the final stanza to pull out the win, 50-39. Balanced scoring was the story with Overby at 13, Chaput with 12, Beneda with 11, and Eric Schauer with 10. Adams-Edmore was led by the district’s leader scorer, Nick Bylin, who was held to 14 points by the Langdon defense. The Magic Storm also qualified for the regional tournament by knocking off Rolla-Rock Lake in the second regional-qualifying contest. Despite poor shooting from the field by both teams, the Magic Storm performed very well from the gift stripe. M-S led by 12 points entering the final quarter but shot 0 for 8 from the field in the last stanza. However, they held the Bulldogs at bay by going 8 for 11 from the free throw line in winning, 46-41. The Magic Storm would enter the regional as the #3 team from the district while Langdon would be the #4 seed from District #8.
Players from Langdon, Munich, and Starkweather were chosen for the All-District 8 team following the tournament final. Justin Overby and Chris Beneda were selected from Langdon while Riley Beck and Richard Wright were honored from Munich-Starkweather.
The Langdon Blades closed out an extremely successful regular season with two home wins on February 22 and 23. On Friday night, they downed the Fargo Flames, 6-3. The Blades jumped to a five-goal lead in the first period and hung on for the victory. On Saturday, they defeated the Flames again, 5-4. Ryan Bachman, returning from an injury, was in goal for both games. He had a combined 71 saves for the weekend. The Blades ended their regular season with a 28-4 overall record. They were 17-1 in league play. They will head west to Sydney, Montana, for the Junior Gold Tournament on March 2-4.
There was no movie at the Roxy in the first week of March in 2007. The Northern Lights Arts Council presented “Bye Bye Birdie” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The top pop song on the Billboard Top 40 was “What Goes Around…..Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake. The Billboard’s top country song in March of 2007 was “Ladies like Country Boys” by Trace Adkins.