Cavalier County Sports History

Spring-Summer, 2007
The Munich-Starkweather-Cando Magicians high school baseball team and Coach Adam Wirth had to wait, wait, wait for the Class B State Baseball Tournament to get into full motion, but the team finally got into the groove 40 hours+ after it was, supposedly, scheduled to begin.

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The culprit = rain!
The Magicians first game actually took three days to complete, and it was a 3-1 victory over Thompson. Sophomore Trevor Schommer tossed a two-hitter with 6 Ks. Riley Beck picked up a save. Travis Beck scored two of the three runs and was 1 for 2 at the plate. The win moved the Magicians into the semifinals against the Steele-Dawson Pirates, the defending state champion. In this case, the extra inning game that Steele-Dawson needed to defeat Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page helped the Magicians out as the Pirates had to use their two top pitchers to win the game. Versus the Pirates, the Magicians got two runs in the second inning and went on to a 4-2 victory. Travis Beck picked up the win while his brother, Riley, picked up his second save of the day. Alex Anderson went 2 for 2 and knocked in a run for the Magi. This win would propel the Cavalier County team into the championship game against the Bishop Ryan Lions. After some success in the early innings, the Magicians found it tough sledding against Ryan pitcher Brooks Backes who limited M-S-C to two runs and had 10 Ks. Trevor Schommer took the loss for the Magicians while Travis Beck was 2 for 3 at the plate. Beck ended up hitting .429 in the state event. Mark Bakkum from Steele-Dawson was named the Class B Senior Athlete of the Year. Grafton’s Chad Kliniske was named the Class B Coach of the Year.
The American Legion-sponsored Langdon Red Sox pounded their Section IV rival, Munich, 13-1, just two days after the high school baseball season officially ended. Alex Chaput tossed a one-hitter and Tanner Adam was 2 for 4 with a grand slam home run. John Mickelson took the loss in the five-inning affair.
In the Class B State Track and Field Meet in Bismarck, the Langdon-Munich girls team took 11th out of 71 teams. They scored 28.5 points. The boys team took 17th out of 75 teams with 15.5 points. State placers for the girls were Second – Jenny Dinius in the pole vault; Third – the 400 M relay team of Mercedes Stein, Julie Dinius, McKenzie Hart, and Jenny Dinius; Fourth – Tiffany Stremick in the high jump; Fifth – the 3200 M relay team of Kathryn Kram, Julie Dinius, Tiffany Stremick, and Lauren Dietrich; Seventh – Jenny Dinius in the 100 M Dash, Lauren Dietrich in the 800 M run; and Eighth – Kathryn Kram in the Pole Vault.
The medal winners for the boys team were First – Eric Schauer in the 800 M run; Fifth(tie) – Justin Overby in the pole vault; Seventh – David Olson in the shot put; and Eighth – the 800 M relay team of Jon Dinius, Jake Wheeler, Darwin Schwartz, and Xan Lonewolf.
It was Tanner Adam’s day as the Langdon Red Sox traveled to Midway-Minto to play a Section IV contest. The final score was 8-4 in favor of the Red Sox. Adam was the winning pitcher with 12 Ks. He also was 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, home run, and four RBI. Justin Flink added two RBI while going 2 for 4 and a double.
Phil Farris, a 1976 Langdon graduate, was inducted into the North Dakota Track & Field Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in conjunction with the 2007 State Track and Field Meet in Bismarck. Among many accomplishments, Farris, in 1976, became only the fourth person in North Dakota history to win four individual events at the state meet. Farris now lives in his home state of North Carolina with his wife, Diann. They have four daughters: Caroline, Annalise, Delainey, and Sharidan.
Word came from Valley City and the North Dakota High School Activities Association that Langdon High School had violated the recruitment and undue influence by-law of the association’s schools. The penalty would be that the varsity high school team would be suspended for post-season play in the 2007 volleyball season. The Republican reported quotes from the girls that would be affected by this suspension. In a word, they felt devastated.
The Munich American Legion team had a busy week following their season-opening loss to the Langdon Red Sox. They defeated Grafton, 6-0, behind Trevor Schommer’s seven-hit shutout. Riley Beck pitched them to a 7-4 victory over Dakota Prairie in McVille. Travis Beck and Jared Schommer combined for 5 RBI in the win. Lastly, Midway-Minto traveled to Munich and defeated the home team, 5-1, behind Jacob Narloch’s three-hitter. Travis Beck took the loss. The team was coached by Jared Schommer and Jon Mickelson.
Justin Flink picked up the win as Langdon defeated Munich in an American Legion baseball game, 13-5. Travis Beck took the loss for Munich. Ryan Bachman was hot at the plate by going 3 for 4 with 5 RBI and a grand salami! Flink struck out nine batters.
Munich held off a late Park River rally to defeat the Walsh County team, 7-5, in a game played in Munich. Trevor Schommer picked up the win with 7 Ks and only one walk. Travis Beck knocked in two runs for Munich.
Alex Chaput tossed a three-hit shutout and K’d six batters as Langdon defeated Section IV foe, Grafton, 11-0. Tanner Adam continued his torrid hitting with two home runs and four RBI. Tanner Carpenter was 3 for 4. Later in the week, Langdon traveled to Tolna to take on Dakota Prairie. The result was two wins, 20-4 and 13-1. The winning pitchers were Jesse Zeis and Chris Beneda. Justin Flink was 2 for 3 in the opener with a grand slam and six RBI.
The Langdon American Legion Red Sox were the champions of the Valley City Invitational tournament at which they won five games with no losses. Team members were Tanner Adam, Alex Chaput, Ryan Bachman, Jesse Zeis, Chris Beneda, Keaton Arneson, Tanner Carpenter, Zane Jacobson, Justin Flink, Joe Stadler, Drew Wold and Nic Schaefer. The coaches were Jeff Carpenter, Phil Wold, and Jim Salvaggio. They defeated teams from Kindred, Dickinson, Grafton, Hillsboro-Central Valley, and Valley City.
Playing at the Roxy in June of 2007 was “Knocked Up” starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, and Paul Rudd.
The most popular song on the Top 40 charts was “Umbrella” by Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z). Topping the country charts was “Moments” by Emerson Drive.

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