Jake’s Take on Sports

Springtime in the Tundra

We start this week not sure which season we are in. 

Posted 11/30/17

By Jake Kulland

Is it late fall?  Is it a very early spring?  Indian Summer?  Mesa Arizona? The reason behind all this is that the temps have unseasonably warm for our area, which feels all the better after we had a slap in the face with some nasty cold and snow in early and mid-November.  We were in Williston for Thanksgiving, and on Thanksgiving Day in God’s Country it was 68 degrees (And yes, it felt like 86!).  It’s been great times for people that are into the warm weather kind of thing, but it looks like we will slowly be going down to more seasonable temperatures in the week ahead (Although 20 above is still very nice for December).  I guess let’s just enjoy what we are getting, although I know it’s not making our snowmobilers very happy.  Any way, lets move on.

Boys Basketball team to play their first game Dec. 8

As we mentioned last week, the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals boys basketball team is ready to get their season started.  The Cards, under the direction of Andy Haaven once again this year, will begin their season at home on Dec. 8 against Towner-Granville-Upham, then travel to Minto to play the Midway-Minto Mustangs on Dec. 12. This years Cardinals has right around 20 players out for the team in grades 9-12.  Assisting Haaven again this year is Tim Polanski, and Tanner Groth is taking over the junior high team.  For our North Border readers, the Eagles will have their first game of the year at home versus Kittson County Central on Dec. 9, then play at Cavalier on Dec. 11.  North Border is coached by Danny Moore and assisted by Lee Beattie. Boys Basketball should not be any different than any other Cardinals sports this year, meaning it will be a fun year to come and watch the team play.  And while we are on the subject of boys sports, check out the other sports pages this week for a nice section on postseason awards for the Cards football and volleyball teams.  Thanks to Dennis “Scoop” Throndset for covering the volleyball squad all season, and to Larry Stokke and Laura Dease for doing their usual fantastic job taking photos for every sport.

Langdon Junior Gold team revises their schedule

A team coming in the league very late has caused the Langdon Blades junior gold hockey team to change up their schedule a bit. Grand Forks is now having two teams this year, the Stallions Red and Black.  The Blades will actually play the Black team at Dakota Spirit Arena on Dec. 2 at 4:30pm (With the game broadcast on 95-7 FM), then there are a few slight changes in dates and times after that.  We encourage to check the calendar at, or check the paper next week, as we will have our annual Winter Sports Profile next time around, with previews of all Cardinals and Blades high school teams.  As far as we know the girls schedules has not changed at all.  Hats off to Troy and Kara Ellingson who have rescheduled things a number of times, but now have it all worked out.  That’s not an easy job, believe me.

Happy December, and “See ya!” next week!

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