Cavalier County Sports History

Spring-Summer 2009

At the Class B State Basketball tournament in Minot, Justin Overby of Langdon Area High School was honored as the 2009 Class B State Champion in the pole vault in the Parade of Champions.

Researched by Dennis Throndset

The Langdon Blades Babes finished their season with a fifth place finish in the State “President’s Cup” Hockey Tournament in Rapid City, SD. There was both a girls and boys division, and the teams came from the state of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. The team was able to pick up two players from the May-Port team – Olivia and Abigail Knutson. The Blades played the Big Sky Wildcats from Montana in their first game. The locals scored a goal in the first period but were blanked the rest of the game, losing 5-1. In their second game, they played the Casper Wyoming Oilers in a closely played contest. The Blades Babes won this one with Abigail Knutson scoring twice and Kristi Hennager and Shanna Hooge scoring one apiece. Game three featured the Babes against the Brookings, SD Rangers. In their final game, the Babes couldn’t match the speed of the Rangers and lost 9-3 with Abigail Knutson scoring two of the goals. Jacy Borgen stopped 31 shots.

Jerry Reiser of Langdon took second place in the North Dakota State Singles Bowling tournament held in Minot. Reiser had a total of 803.

When the awards for the Devils Lake Firebirds girls hockey team met for a final time, they handed out awards to top players. Carlye Veer of Langdon was voted the hardest worker on the team.

The Osnabrock Elevator took second place in the Men’s Recreation 1 Division in the 2009 Grand Am Tournament. Team members and the high school they attended were Eric Muckenhirn (Oakes), Josh Schaefer (Langdon), Jon Granlund (Langdon), Dex Albrecht (Langdon), Jamie Christianson (St. Cloud), Josh Overby (Langdon), and Andy DelaBarre (Minot Ryan).

Mostad Insurance took the title in the Grand Am Women’s Open Division in Grand Forks. Team members were Karla Thormandson, Jessi Mostad, Brandy Chaffee, Karna Plaine, Carin Rambow, Jill Mostad, Sherri Dryburgh, and Liza Sizer.

The North Border wrestling and basketball cheerleaders participated in the Winter Competition in Bismarck. They finished in fifth place. Team members were Alison Chaput, Ashley Holly, Becca Bjornstad, Molly Hardy, Sam Guttu, Shanon Lene, Tess Johnson, Ruby Girodat, Brooke Schurman, Christina Carignan, and Jessica Hager. Their coaches were Shannon Clarksean and Erika Bjornstad.

The North Dakota High School Preseason Baseball Poll is out, and the Munich-Starkweather-North Star team was ranked #1. They were followed by Minot Bishop Ryan, Central Cass, Dakota Prairie, Grafton, Steele-Dawson-W-T-P-R, Velva, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion, Hatton-Northwood, and Hope-Page-Finley-Sharon.

The Langdon Boys and Girls Track and Field teams began their season with an indoor meet in Minot. Bringing home first place status were Jordan Fisk in the pole vault, Julie Dinius in the 55 M Dash, Logan Dick in the long jump, and Julie Dinius in the 200 M and 400 M.

Calen Schwabe won the 10-year old boys division in the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Contest held in Bismarck. Calen is the son of Jason and Collette Schwabe of Thompson and the grandson of Rick and Sandy Schaan of Langdon.

The boys and girls track teams were both champions in the Pembina County Indoor Track Meet held at the University of North Dakota. Top finishes went to Logan Dick in the 50 M Highs and the 50 M Intermediate Hurdles, Julie Dinius in the 50 M Dash and Pole Vault, McKenzie Hart in the one lap sprint, and Dinius, Hart, Mercedes Stein, and Dick in the 8-lap Relay. In the boys division, Jordan Fisk won the pole vault, Jon Dinius in the 50 M Dash and 1-lap, and Alex Feil in the 50 M Int. Hurdles.

The Langdon Volleyball team met to vote on the individual team awards from the past season. The Spirit award went to Deelia Gage. Most Improved – Merc Stein and Shannon Overby; Most Valuable Attacker – Courtney Becker and McKenzie Hart; Most Valuable Server – Rachael Darling and Ashley Hall; Most Valuable Setter – Ashley Hall; Most Valuable Passer – Breanna Mack; Most Valuable Blocker – Courtney Becker; All-District team – Courtney Becker, Ashley Hall, Breanna Mack, and McKenzie Hart; All-State team – Courtney Becker; and Optimist All-Star Team – Courtney Becker.

McKenzie Hart, a freshman at Langdon Area High School, was named a finalist in the Prep National Freshman of the Year competition. She was one of 15 selected.

The Langdon Hockey Boosters awarded several individuals recognition for the work and time in promoting the sport of hockey in Langdon. Those receiving the awards were Dane and Janine Witzel, Darrel and Karen Kempert, Pete and Leah Klingbeil, Duane Otto, Steve Andresen, and Julie and Corey Johnson.

The Cardinal boys basketball team received their individual awards at a recent banquet. The awards were from the players’ performances in the 2008-09 basketball season. Most Valuable Player – Jesse Zeis; Mr. Hustle – Dylan Crockett; Most Improved – Dalen Smith; Rookie of the Year – (top freshman) – Coy Bata; Top Free Throw Shooter – Karson Fisk; Most Steals – Jesse Zeis; Most Assists – Nick Schaefer; Most Points – Jesse Zeis; Cardinal Heart Award – Jadyn Smith; Top Rebounder – Justin Anderson; Top 3-Point Shooter – Tyler Bata; Clutch Performance – Tyler Bata vs. Edinburg; Clutch Performance – Dalen Smith vs. St. John; Clutch Performance – Michael Hanson vs. Adams-Edmore.

The track teams participated in an outdoor meet at May-Port-Clifford-Galesburg. First place winners were Jon Dinius – 100 M Dash; Jordan Fisk – pole vault; Xenos Lonewolf, Jon Dinius, Jordan Fisk, and Xan Lonewolf – 400 M Relay; Girls – Julie Dinius – 100 and 200 M Dashes; Merc Stein – 800 M Run; Stein, Dinius, Logan Dick, McKenzie Hart – 800 M Relay; same girls – 400 M Relay.

On April 17, the M-S-NS baseball team got their first game of the spring underway. They lost to Rolla-Rolette, 2-1. Trevor Schommer took the loss but went 2 for 3 at the plate. Four days later they played at Bottineau and won, 5-2. Travis Beck picked up the win and went 3 for 3 and had 3 RBI.

Langdon played four games away from home because of field conditions, and they lost both ends of the double headers. To Fordville-Lankin-Park River, 3-0, 3-2; To StT-D-V – 8-6 and 5-2. Dalen Smith and Nick Schaefer took the losses against St-Dr-V while Schaefer lost both games against F-L-PR.

“Fast and Furious” was playing at the Roxy in early May of 2009. It starred Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson. The top country song at the time was “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean. In pop music, the leader was “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani.