By Dennis Throndset
The Langdon boys traveled to Leeds to play a District 8 game against the Raiders from Leeds-Minnewaukan. This game turned out to be the first district win for the Cards in the 09-10 season. After getting up by 13 at the half, the Cards kept the pressure on and defeated the Raiders, 53-37. Contributing to the win were Jon Dinius with 15 points, Justin Anderson with 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Keaton Mikkelsen with 15 boards. Matt Swanson led Leeds with 13.
On January 29, the Langdon Lady Cards went to New Rockford to play the Rockets in a District 8 game. The Cards came away with a victory, albeit a close one, 56-52. The Rockets led after the first period, but the local girls recovered and held on in the end. Coach Andy DelaBarre’s team was led in scoring by Breanna Mack with 24. McKenzie Hart contributed 16 tallies. The Rockets were led by Laura Lies who had a game-high 30 points. The game on February 1 had Minnewaukan-Leeds traveling to Langdon with both teams sitting atop the District 8 standings. The Raiders won the game, 48-39. Breanna Mack led the Cards with 19 points with McKenzie Hart scoring 12. Allison Manley had 12 for the Raiders. Following the game, the Raider were #1 in the district and the Cards #2. In District 8 statistics, Breanna Mack of Langdon was the leading scorer with an average of 19.5 ppg. McKenzie Hart was second with an 18.3 ppg average. Shannon Overby led the district in rebounding with an average of 9.3 per game.
The Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Contest was held at the Langdon High School in early February. The winners of the various levels of competition were as follows: 10-year-old girls – Hannah Johnson of Walhalla; 10-year-old boy – Jordan McKay of Walhalla; 11 yr. girls – Madison Girodat of Langdon; 11 – boy – Bryce Hartje of Walhalla; 12 girl – Madi Eisenzimmer of Langdon; 12 boy – C.J. Bourbanis of Walhalla; 13 girl – Brenna Downs of Langdon; 13 boy – Tayler Belle of Langdon; 14 girl – Brittany Fetsch of Langdon; and 14 boy – Kade Pengilly of Langdon.
In girls basketball, the Lakota-Adams-Edmore Raiders defeated the Langdon Cardinals, 52-48, in a District 8 contest. Julie Dinius was the top scorer for Langdon with 16. McKenzie Hart added 11. For the Raiders, Brooke Calderwood and Ashtin Freije each had 12.
The Starkweather-Munich girls team faced the Midkota Mustangs in a make-up game caused by the weather earlier in the year. The Storm lost the game in a nail-biter, 54-52. Keely Heppner and Elise Dick had 12 and 10, respectively. For Midkota, Emily Berge had 20 and Shaye Ronningen 13.
In the final regular season game of the year, the North Border Eagles ended the Lady Cards season with a 63-49 victory in Langdon. In double figures were McKenzie Hart 13, Breanna Mack 12, and Brenna Downs 11. Hailey Longtin was the game-high scorer with 23 counters for the Eagles.
In a District 8 contest, the Rolla-Rock Lake Bulldogs overcame seven three-pointers by Jon Dinius to defeat the Cardinals in overtime, 63-57. Dinius ended with 32 points while Justin Anderson had 13. Cole Mitchell and Nathan Joraanstad had 23 and 20, respectively. North Star raced to a 53-24 halftime lead over the Langdon Cards on their way to an 87-53 win on February 5. The Cards had three players in double figures – Justin Anderson 15, Jon Dinius 10, and Dalen Smith 10. Tanner Komrosky had 25 for the Bearcats. In what was a less than a well-played game, the Woodchucks from St. John downed the Langdon Cards, 36-32. The Cards led by eight points after three quarters but were outscored 15-3 in the final stanza. Karson Fisk was the only player from either team to hit double figures – he had 15. Both teams shot 27% from the field for the game.
In a game played at St. John, the Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm walked by the Chucks, 55-37. The Storm trailed by as much as 15 points in the first quarter but rallied for the win. Blake Klein led the team with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Travis Beck added 12 points and 10 boards. The Storm picked up another district win when they downed the Raiders from Lakota-Adams-Edmore, 54-50. Three players were in double figures – Ben Tohm 15, Travis Beck 14, and Blake Klein 11. In a game against a District VII opponent, the Magic Storm dropped a decision to Four Winds, 70-62. The Storm led at the half, 36-30, but the second half was a different story. M-S had four players in double figures – Blake Klein 17, Brandon Hoffman 13, Trevor Darling 12, and Travis Beck 10. Daryl Three Irons led the Indians with 21 points.
The standings in District 8 with only a few games remaining looked like this: North Star, 6-0; Munich-Starkweather, 4-2; Rolla-Rock Lake, 4-3; St. John, 4-4; Rolette-Wolford, 3-4; Langdon, 1-5; and Minnewaukan-Leeds, 1-5.
The Blades Babes traveled to Rugby and lost, 7-1. Lyndee Johnson scored the only Langdon goal. Morgan Kramer was in goal and made 23 saves. In a home game, the Babes dropped a game to the West Fargo Packers, 8-1, with Sierra Karboviak scoring the lone goal.
In early February, the Blades had two home contests. They defeated the Fargo Flames Black, 6-4. Brady Crockett made 29 saves in the game while the goals were scored by Jace Roy (2), Collin Olson, Grant Ellingson, Garth Fetsch, and Nic Roy. In the second game of the weekend, the Blades lost to the Richland Rangers, 4-1. Collin Olson scored Langdon’s lone goal, and Brady Crockett stopped 59 shots.
The pairings for the girls District 8 tournament were set with the following first-round games. Langdon – first-round bye; Starkweather-Munich vs. North Star, Minnewaukan-Leeds, and Rolla-Rock Lake vs. Rolette-Wolford.
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