Cavalier County Sports History

Spring & Summer of 2009 We will begin this week’s check on sports history with a summary of the Spring Sports Review which appeared in the April 27, 2009, issue of the Cavalier County Republican.

Researched by Dennis Throndset

The Munich Magicians baseball team looked forward to a shortened season as the weather just wouldn’t cooperate. So, the reduced schedule had seven games, the regional tournament, and the state tournament (if they qualified). The players were Trevor Schommer, Ben Tohm, Blake Klein, Alex Anderson, Travis Beck, Chad Spenst, Brandon Hoffman, Trevor Darling, Mitchell Wirth, Mitchell Kreklau, Dilan Peebles, Alex Hoffmann, Derek Henke, Jesse Goeser, and Tucker Zimmer. The team was coached by Adam Wirth. The team had won the Region V tournament the past two years. Their opening game was scheduled against Rugby on April 27.

The Langdon Cardinals baseball season was cut back by the weather as well. Coach Kim Chaput’s team was scheduled to play their first game against Rolette on April 27. At print time, the team had six games scheduled along with the Region tournament and the State Tourney.

Team members were Connor Braaten, Jesse Zeis, Dalen Smith, Nic Schaefer, Keaton Mikkelsen, Russell Hiltner, Nic Roy, Wayne Borgen, Garth Fetsch, Grant Ellingson, Jace Roy, Kade Pengilly, and Justin Anderson.

The boys and girls track teams from Langdon-Munich had a little easier time getting some early season work in as they played in poor weather anyway! Coaching the boys team was Denny Dinius, and the girls coach was Jane Hart. Assisting them were Andrea Lorenz and Andy DelaBarre. Boys team members included Justin Hanson, Derek Girodat, Josh Gratton, Corban Gage, Jesse Economy, Lowell Dick, Wyatt Dick, Lucas Dick, Alex Feil, Dylan Crockett, Aaron Girodat, Michael Hanson, Jordan Fisk, Xan Lonewolf, Jon Dinius, Xenos Lonewolf, Austin Roberts, Brady Balsdon, Matthew Gapp, Ryan Gapp, Austin Messner, and Andrew Schill.

The girls team members were Abbey Braaten, Mercedes Stein, McKenzie Hart, Shannon Overby, Elise Dick, Kayce Larson, Mercades Rich, Jaime Lundquist, Julie Dinius, Jennifer Lepisto, Miranda Darling, Deelia Gage, Justine Klindt, Brenna Downs, Kelli Hennager, Ally Schwartz, Logan Dick, Alison DuBois, and Brittany Fetsch. The two track teams usually are at the same meet although there were times that they went in different directions. The schedule had 10 regular season meets, the Region III meet in Fessenden, and the State Class B meet in Bismarck.

The Munich girls golf team coached by Kevin Heppner involved seven girls. They were Juana Kraft, Chelsea Hertzell, Candice Roppel, Erica Klein, Brenna Heppner, Kendall Myers, and Corrina Koehn. They had nine meets planned prior to the regional and state tourneys.

The Langdon girls and boys golf teams were coached by Travis Jordan and assistants Connie Kjos and Jennifer Romfo. They had nine meets planned for each group prior to the region and state meets. The girls team included Stephanie Gellner, Sandy Kuchar, Laci Hiatt, Bryn Halley, Chelsea Hurzeler, Stacey Lien, Alexis DuBois, McKenzie Darling, Nicole Welsh, McKenzie Ormiston, Emily Fetsch, Heather Vondal, Sarah Kram, Lyndee Johnson, Bryn Fischer, Andria Hart, Alison Borchardt, and Cindy Hoffarth.

The boys golf team included Josh Johnson, Eric Moos, Brady Crockett, Max Johnson, Tyler Bata, Jadyn Smith, Chase Heck, Karson Fisk, Warren Mack, Collin Olson, Michael Geisen, Luke Lundeby, Riley Bata, Mitchell Kubal, Dustin Gellner, Andrew Welsh, Nathan Howatt, Yosemite Miller, Justin Cheatley, Shae Schneider, and Landon Tollefson. Note: The Langdon Country Club was not open as of May 1st. Hopes were that it would open for Men’s Night on May 5.

The Munich baseball team picked up their second region win as they topped Rugby, 8-4, in Rugby. Travis Beck picked up the win and had 8 Ks for the Magi. Alex Hoffmann had two RBI.

The Langdon Cardinals dropped a double header to Grafton in Grafton. The scores were 10-4 and 17-4. Keaton Mikkelsen and Nick Schaefer took the losses for the Cards. Schaefer, Jesse Zeis, and Wayne Borgen each had an RBI in the first game.

Dalen Smith and Connor Braaten each had two RBI in the nightcap. In boys track, Langdon won the Grafton Invitational with the following tracksters picking up first place awards: Dylan Crockett – Long Jump, 110 and 300 Hurdles; Jon Dinius – 100 M Dash; Jordan Fisk – pole vault; and Xenos Lonewolf, Jon Dinius, Jordan Fisk, and Xan Lonewolf – 400 M and 800 M Relays. The girls team took second in the Grafton meet. They had winners in the following: McKenzie Hart – 100 M Dash and Long Jump; Julie Dinius – 200 M and 400 M Dashes; Elise Dick – Shot Put; and Mercedes Stein, Julie Dinius, Abbey Braaten, and McKenzie Hart – 400 M Relay.

The teams traveled again to Grafton a few days later to participate in the Bradshaw Memorial Meet. The teams took the same places – boys first, girls second. Winning events were McKenzie Hart – 100 M Dash and Long Jump; Julie Dinius – Pole Vault, 200 M and 400 M Dashes; Elise Dick – Discus and Shot Put; and Mercedes Stein, Alison DuBois, McKenzie Hart, Julie Dinius – 1600 M Relay.

Boys winning events were Alex Feil – 300 Hurdles; Dylan Crocket – 110 Hurdles and Long Jump; Jon Dinius – 200 M Dash; Jordan Fisk – Pole Vault; Xenos Lonewolf, Jordan Fisk, Jon Dinius, Xan Lonewolf – 800 M Relay; and Xenos Lonewolf, Jon Dinius, Alex Feil, Xan Lonewolf – 400 M Relay.

For the first time in 25 years, Langdon Area High School hosted a track and field meet! Langdon has done extremely well in track considering they haven’t competed in meets on ‘their own turf’! The boys and girls teams both took second place in their respective meets with the girls getting top finishes from the following:

McKenzie Hart – 100 M Dash and Long Jump; Julie Dinius – 400 M Dash and Pole Vault; Mercedes Stein, Abbey Braaten, Julie Dinius, McKenzie Hart – 400 M Relay; and Mercedes Stein, Alison DuBois, Julie Dinius, McKenzie Hart – 1600 M Relay. First place boys finishers were Alex Feil – 300 Hurdles; Jon Dinius – 400 M Dash; Jordan Fisk – Pole Vault; and Xenos Lonewolf, Jon Dinius, Jordan Fisk, Xan Lonewolf – 400 M Relay.

The Langdon High baseball team picked up a double header sweep over North Border on May 5. The wins put the team’s record at 3-2 in the region. North Border falls to 5-2. The winning pitchers were Nick Schaefer in the opener (no-hitter) and Jesse Zeis in the second game.

Zeis had 12 Ks. Zeis knocked in 2 runs in the first game while Schaefer had three RBI in the second. Munich picked up a win in their region with a close 2-1 victory over Bottineau. Travis Beck outdueled Cody Block for the win. Brandon Hoffman had the key RBI.

“Hannah Montana” was playing at the Roxy in Langdon. It starred Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment, and Jason Earles. The top country song at the time was “It’s America” by Rodney Atkins. On top of the pop charts was “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black-Eyed Peas. This would begin a 12-week run as the #1 on Billboard. Then, “I Got a Feeling” would take over for a long run.