The two county schools, Langdon and Munich-Starkweather, were participants in the Region IV boys basketball tournament held at the Sports Center in Devils Lake.
Researched by Dennis Throndset
Both teams took an early exit as they were defeated in the opening round by Four Winds and Wells County, respectively.
Four Winds 91 Langdon 68
The game opened with excitement as both teams shot well from the field. Four Winds led after one period, 21-16. Senior Tony Ironheart was too much for the Cardinals as he scored 13 in the opening stanza. The Indians led by 15 at the half, but the Cards crept within 12 points with five minutes remaining in the contest. This is where Ironheart took over again. He ended the game with 36 points and 10 assists. The Cardinals had five players in double figures including Justin Overby, 15; Alex Chaput, 13; Chris Beneda, 13; Jessie Zeis, 11; and Eric Schauer, 10. Four Winds shot 62% from the field, and Langdon shot a respectable 47%. The Cardinals ended their season with a 12-10 record. Four Winds moved their record to 23-1.
Wells County 60 Munich-Starkweather 47
This game was also close in the first quarter, but the Bears had a 10-0 run late in the quarter that seemed to do the Magic Storm in. The first half ended with Wells County in front, 38-21. The county quintet got a little close in the second half, but the game ended with the Bears ahead, 60-47. Riley Beck and Zach Sager led the team in scoring with 16 and 12, respectively. Wells County’s Scott Tweed led all scorers with 19 points. The Magic Storm shot 39% from the field in comparison to the Bears’ 58%. Munich-Starkweather ended their season with a 13-10 record while Wells County upped their record to 20-3.
The Langdon Blades took part in the 2007 State Junior Gold Hockey Tournament in Sidney, MT, on March 2-4. In the opening game, the Blades defeated the host team, Richland Rangers, 4-3. Langdon’s first goal was put in by Travis Witzel late in the first period with assists by Brenyn Otto and Ryan Howatt, to tie the score at 1-1. Langdon got two goals within a minute midway through the second period. Witzel scored on a power play assisted by Howatt. Matt Geddes then scored with an assist by Cale Borho. The Rangers scored late in the second period to pull within a goal, but Langdon went up by two again as Howatt put in an unassisted goal to regain the two-goal lead. The Rangers got a late goal in the final period to make it close, but Drew Simmons shut the door. Simmons ended with 23 saves. The Blades outshot the Rangers, 55-24, in the game.
According to many, the Blades next game was the “game of the tournament.” They defeated the Fargo Flyers, 6-5, in four overtime periods. The Blades scored the first three goals of the game by Geddes, Witzel, and Adam, but the Flyers came storming back. They responded with two goals of their own late in the first, but Gavin Waslaski gave Langdon a two-goal lead with one that made the score 4-2 after one period. Witzel scored in the second period with an assist by Geddes to counter the goal scored by Fargo. Langdon had a two-goal lead midway through the final period, but the Flyers scored two goals to tie it at 5 at the end of regulation. One minute and seventeen seconds into the fourth overtime, Jake Klingbeil got the game-winner with an assist by Tanner Romfo. Ryan Bachman had 48 saves for the Blades with the shots-on-goal even at 53.
With a hot goalie, the Fargo Flames defeated Langdon, 5-2, in the title game. Fargo picked up three goals in the first period. Late in the second period, Ben Hoffarth scored with assists from Geddes and Romfo. Just over a minute later, Adam scored on an assist from Seth Balsdon, to make it 3-2. That would be as close as the Blades would get at Fargo scored two more goals for a 5-2 victory. Langdon had 59 shots on goal compared to 26 for the Flames. Bachman had 21 saves while Jandro had 57 stops for the Flames.
The Langdon Blades Pee Wee team finished second in their State B-3 tournament in Bismarck. They lost a hard-fought battle to Mandan in the finals. Team members were Grant Ellingson, Jace Roy, Devon Agnes, Nic Roy, Wayne Borgen, Garth Fetsch, Yosemite Miller, Nathan Howatt, Warren Mack, and Brennan Rueger. They were coached by Troy Ellingson and Van Howatt.
The Dakota Spirit Arena hosted the State Bantam B-3 state tournament. Teams from Crosby, West Fargo, Jamestown-Valley City, Mayville-Portland, Grand Forks, Watford City, and the Langdon Blades took part. The Langdon Bantams took sixth place. The Grand Forks Royals won the tourney by defeating the MayPort Ice Dawgs, 3-2. Langdon was defeated for fifth place by the Jamestown-Valley City Prowl, 3-2, in double overtime. Members of the Langdon team were Lee Howes, Russell Hiltner, Caleb Veer, Garth Fetsch, Collin Olson, Brennan Rueger, Rob Paulson, Bo Balsdon, Brady Crockett, Kristi Hennager, and Max Johnson. Their coaches were Terry Crockett and Craig Veer.
With the coming of spring, the sports focus changed from basketball and hockey to track and field. The first track meets reported were from the Pembina Country Indoor held at the University of North Dakota. The Langdon girls took first place with 146.5 points. First place finishes were recorded by Logan Dick in the 50-yard Intermediate Hurdles, Logan Dick in the 50-yard Low Hurdles, Jenny Dinius in the Pole Vault, Kim Kjos in the Shot Put, Tiffany Stremick in the high jump, and the 8-lap relay team of Mercedes Stein, Chelsea Hurzeler, Julie Dinius, and McKenzie Hart. The Langdon boys also took first place with 122 points. First place finishes were from Luke Economy in the 50-yard High Hurdles and 50-yard Intermediate Hurdles, Justin Overby in the Pole Vault, Alex Feil in the 440-yard Run, and David Olson in the Shot Put.
Showing at the Roxy Theatre in Langdon was “Wild Hogs” starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy.
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