By Jake Kulland
Lady Cards one game away from first State B appearance since 2005
As we start this week, we are about to depart to Devils Lake for Championship Night of the Region 4 Girls Basketball Tournament. The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals are on step away from advancing to the State Class B Girls Basketball Tournament, to be held in Minot March 1-3. The last hurdle is an athletic Harvey-Wells County team, and if they can get over that, they would go to the State B for the first time since winning it all in 2005. That was the “Twin Towers” team that took State that year in Jamestown. We will have complete Region 4 coverage in next weeks paper, but the Lady Cards beat Dakota Prairie 93-16 and Four Winds-Minnewaukan 64-48 to get to the title game. We wish them best of luck in the championship game, and we hope to have some great news for you next week.
Boys District Basketball starts in Dunseith
As many winter sports wind down their seasons, boys basketball is just starting their postseason, as the District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament is rolling in Dunseith as many of you read these words, from Feb. 23-26. The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals is the third seed at that tourney, and played Rolla in the first round on Feb. 23. Win or lose, all six teams will play on Championship Night on Monday. This should a loud and raucous tournament as it features the #1 ranked team in the state, St. John, the #10 team in Dunseith, and the Cardinals, who finished with a 16-3 record this season. We have full coverage on this tourney next week as well.
Blades hope 5th time is the charm against WC as hockey end of the year tourneys begin
The weekend of March 1-5 is a busy time for Langdon Blades hockey, as all of their end of season State Tournaments get underway. The Blades junior gold team will play in Watford City, with their first game March 1 at 5:00 p.m. against the host team Oilers. Langdon and Watford City have played four times this year, with the Oilers winning all four, so the Blades hope their fifth meeting will be different, although it will be tough beating them on their home ice. The Langdon girls hockey time has their tourney in Grand Forks, and while the bracket wasn’t filled yet at press time, we do know that they will play in the opening round on March 2 in the late morning or early afternoon at either the Rydell or Judd arenas.
And finally the Blades Pee Wee team, which has had an extremely successful season. They had three league games left to play at press time, and will be the first or second seed in the Northeast Division for the Pee Wee B Gold Tournament, to be held in Minot. They will play their first round game at either 3 or 3:15pm. We wish good luck to all three of these teams as they all hope to finish the year strong.
Believe or not, Track and Field practice starts in North Dakota Feb. 26
We leave you with always surreal news that the first practice for North Dakota Track and Field is Feb. 26. It always sounds crazy that a spring sport starts when there is still snow on the ground and the temps are barely above zero, but here it comes. With the potential for the Lady Cards going to State and a number of other winter activities still rolling, the Langdon-Edmore-Munich track team will not start practice until March 5. Rich Olson is coaching the boys and Jane Hart the girls once again this year, and they are assisted by Tim Polanski, Todd Hetler, Sam Preble, and Rob Scherr, who is new to the program. Their first two meets are indoor at Belcourt on March 20, and at Grand Forks on March 24. The first home meet in Langdon is set for April 19. We will talk much more about track and other spring sports in the weeks ahead. We just thought it might warm people up knowing that spring activities are beginning.
“See ya!” next week!