By Dennis Throndset
The boys’ track and field awards were awarded to those athletes who were chosen for each particular award: Captains – Jon Dinius and Jordan Fisk, Most Valuable Trackster – Jon Dinius, Most Valuable Distance Runner – Matt Gapp, Most Valuable Hurdler – Dylan Crockett, Most Valuable Jumper – Jordan Fisk, Most Valuable Sprinter – Jon Dinius, Most Improved – Dylan Crockett, and Ronnie Relay Award – Jon Dinius and Jordan Fisk.
On June 23, Munich defeated Midway-Minto in an American Legion contest. The final score was 10-8. Alex Anderson was the winning pitcher while Brennen Blasky took the loss. Joe Goeser went 2×3. Nelson County defeated the Langdon Red Sox, 18-10, in a game marred with errors. The Cardinals committed six miscues. Nic Schaefer was the losing pitcher. Keaton Mikkelsen had 2 home runs with six RBI. Schaefer had a solo home run. The following day, Grafton defeated Langdon, 10-0, with the local team committing six errors. Josh Zeis took the loss on the mound. Connor Braaten was 1×3, Shae Schneider was 1×2, and the Langdon record dropped to 1-4 in Section IV and 4-5 overall.
The 2010 girls’ track and field awards were presented to the athletes. They were: Most Valuable Distance – Hope Bodnar, Most Valuable Sprinter – Julie Dinius, Most Valuable Thrower – Elise Dick, Most Valuable Hurdler – McKenzie Hart, Most Valuable Jumper – Julie Dinius, Most Improved Trackster – Brittany Fetsch, and Most Valuable Trackster – Julie Dinius.
The Langdon football team was represented in the 2010 Mon-Dak Football Game. Travis Beck was named as a player, and Andy DelaBarre was the head coach. The North Dakota team defeated the Montana team, 41-38.
The Munich American Legion baseball team picked up three wins in a short period of time, and they were all by the 10-run rule. Nelson County was the first victim, 10-0, in five innings. Joe Goeser was the winning hurler. Travis Beck had a three-run home with 3 RBI. Ben Thom was 3×4 with an RBI. In six innings, Grafton fell to Munich, 11-1. Travis Beck got the win with 11Ks. He also had a grand slam home run and six RBI. Joe Goeser was 2×4 and 2 RBI. The third win was against Langdon in five innings, 12-0. Trevor Darling was the winning pitcher with Jesse Zeis taking the loss. Blake Klein was 2×3 with 2 RBI, and Joe Goeser was 2×4 with 2 RBI.
On June 28, Langdon picked up a key Section IV victory over St. Thomas, 3-2. Keaton Mikkelsen was the winning pitcher with 7 Ks. Jesse Zeis was 2×3 with 2 RBI.
Ryan Platt and Elizabeth Rodriguez, two Dickinson State University volleyball coaches, put on a volleyball clinic for students from grades eight through twelve at the Langdon High School. There were 22 young ladies who participated.
Two runners from Langdon participated in running events in the area – the Grafton 5K and the Devils Lake Cheetah Run. Kennedy Rude finished first in the female division at Grafton. Rude finished third in the Devils Lake event, and Hope Bodnar finished fourth.
The Langdon Area School District Foundation’s “Golf for Education” charity golf tournament was held on June 26 at the Langdon Country Club. The championship team included Ryan Howatt, Anthony Roy, Phil Ring, and Justin Carlson – all LHS graduates. Winning the second flight were Paul Chilcoat, Cory Hoffarth, Dawn Kruk, and Stoney Kruk. Ray Howatt, Ken Borho, Brian Dettler, and Jason Spanier were the winners of the third flight.
Munich dropped their first Section IV game of the summer to Nelson County, 7-1, but still managed to be the league champion. Jesse Goeser took the loss while Tyler Luehring was the winning pitcher with 9Ks. Munich got right back on track when they defeated the Midway-Minto Legion team 12-2 in six innings. Alex Anderson tossed a one-hitter and got the win. Blake Klein had a 3-run HR and 4 RBI. Ben Tohm was 2×4 with 3 RBI.
The Langdon Red Sox finished their regular season by winning three games. First, they downed Larimore with Keaton Mikkelsen doing the pitching. Next they hosted Thompson, coached by former Langdon American Legion coach Jason Schwabe. Langdon won, 4-2. Nic Schaefer didn’t allow an earned run and held Thompson to four hits. Schaefer was 4×4 with 2 RBI. Garth Fetsch was also 4×4 with 2 RBI. In the final game of the three-game set, Alex Pribula pitched the Red Sox to a 9-3 victory. Wayne Borgen was 1×3 with 3 RBI. Riley Penner was 2×4 and 2 RBI. Langdon finished the league schedule with a 4-8 record in Section IV.
The Langdon Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament was held at the Langdon Country Club on July 12. Winning the event and medalist honor was Michele Olson. The second flight winner was Rosemary Sando. Jaci Oakland won the third flight. Elsie Coates from Manitoba was the fourth flight winner.
The Langdon Babe Ruth baseball team won the title in the Devils Lake Invitational baseball tournament. They were coached by Alex Chaput. Team players were Tyler Klein, Cameron Phillips, Colter Pritchard, Grant Ellingson, Nic Roy, Jonathan Skjervheim, Tayler Belle, Tanner Kadlec, Cade Pengilly, Dalton Fetsch, Preston Romfo, Lucas Mikkelsen, Nevin Beauchamp, Kalton Agnes, and Justin Odlum. The team would go on to finish second in the regional tourney held at the Midway School.
The Langdon Girls Softball Team finished second in the Junior Olympic tournament held in Jamestown. They were coached by Maria Eisenzimmer and Megan Ratzlaff. Team members were Jennifer Weekes, Krystal Ratzlaff, Sydney Ellingson, Madi Hart, Skylee Hoffarth, Mariah Bata, Paige Gellner, Brynn Crockett, and Jade Schanz. On their way to the title game, they defeated Oakes, 6-5, Jamestown, 18-4, and lost to Valley City in the ‘ship.
The 2010 Class B Section IV American Legion Baseball Tournament was played in Langdon. Langdon was seeded fifth and played the fourth seed, Midway-Minto, in the opening round. They defeated M-M, 7-2. Jesse Zeis was the winning pitcher and fanned 10 batters. At the plate, Jesse was 2×4 with a 3-run HR. Jace Roy and Riley Penner also had an RBI. In the next winners’ bracket game, Langdon upset Munich, 14-9, behind Alex Pribula who had 10 Ks. Jesse Zeis had two doubles, a triple and 3 RBI. Keaton Mikkelsen had a home run and 2 RBI. Nic Schaefer was 2×4 with 2 RBI. For Munich, Alex Anderson took the loss. Blake Klein had a three-run HR and 3 RBI. Travis Beck had a home run and 2 RBI. Joe Goeser was 1×3 with an RBI. In a loser-out game, Munich topped St. Thomas, 10-3. Joe Goeser got the win. He struck out ten batters in four innings. Blake Klein was 2×4 with an RBI.
On July 24, Munich played in another loser-out game versus Midway-Minto. They won, 19-7. Travis Beck took the win with 3 Ks. Joe Goeser was 4×4 with three doubles and six RBI. Ben Tohm was 3×5 with grand slam and seven RBI. In the winner’s bracket, Grafton downed Langdon, 13-7. Nic Schaefer took the loss for the Red Sox. Sam Tweten got the win. Connor Braaten was 2×4 with a double and 2 RBI. In a loser-out game, Munich shutout Langdon, 6-0. Joe Goeser (8 Ks) was the winning pitcher while Jesse Zeis (5Ks) took the loss. Ben Tohm had a two-run homer, and Travis Beck knocked in two runs.
This set up the championship game with Munich needing to defeat Grafton twice for the title. However, the game really meant nothing as Grafton was the host for the State Class B American Legion State Baseball Tournament. This meant that they were an automatic entrant into the state event. Munich, who finished second, was also named as a team from Section IV. Grafton defeated Munich, 7-4. Ryan Dusek was the winning pitcher, and Alex Anderson was the losing pitcher. Blake Klein was the hitting hero for Munich as he was 3×4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBI.
We will review the 2010 State American Legion Tournament in next week’s issue.
“Despicable Me” was playing at the Roxy Theatre in Langdon. It starred Steve Carell, Kristen Wigg, and Amanda Cosgrove.
The top country music song in late July of 2010 was “Rain Is a Good Thing” by Luke Bryan. Topping the pop charts was “California Gurls” by Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg.