Jake’s Take on Sports

Is this really January?

Posted 1/3/19

By Jake Kulland

Let us say Happy New Year to one and all as we begin this week.  As we write, it is 36 degrees on Jan. 3, which is not unprecedented, but very welcome to bring in 2019.  I spent the majority of the holidays out in God’s Country in Williston (Where the temps are near 50 by the way), and am now ready to get after it for what is the busiest sports month of the year.  The 31 days in January are filled with one activity after another, in what we call “Nervous Breakdown Season”, because by the end of it I’m about ready to have one.  While it’s crazy busy times, it also makes the winter fly right by, and the warm temps make it all the better.

Lady Cards finally get in some home games this week

It has been since Dec. 4 that the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals girls basketball team has played a home game in Langdon.  Due to postponements and the holidays, the schedule finally turns their way with two games at home in the week ahead.  The Lady Cards will play St. John on Jan. 8, and North Star on Jan. 11 at home in Langdon.  This will give fans a great opportunity to see them in action in person, as the Cardinals girls are now ranked seventh in the state in the latest Class B Poll.  Meanwhile the Cardinals boys team has not had a home game in Langdon all season, but that will also change with a home game versus a tough Dunseith team on Jan. 15.  Again, this wasn’t done on purpose, it’s just the way things have worked out with a couple of scheduling changes.  Don’t miss your chance to see both these teams play, as they are a lot of fun to watch.

Blades girls and boys teams playing well

Also off to good start to the season are the Langdon Blades boys and girls hockey teams.  The boys junior gold team is currently is second place in their North Dakota league, with just one league loss to unbeaten Grand Forks.  The junior gold squad will host two exhibition games versus MacGregor-Gladstone at Dakota Spirit Arena on Jan. 5-6, then will head to an invitational tourney in Grand Forks Jan 11-13.  Meanwhile the girls team just got a big win at Wahpeton and while they don’t have as many wins yet as the boys, they have been competitive in every game they have played under new coach Jeff Schneider.  The girls are at a tournament in Bottineau on Jan. 4-6, then are at home versus Wahpeton and Grand Forks on Jan. 12-13.  It’s been good times all around for Blades hockey so far this season, as the bantam and pee wee teams are right near the top of the standings as well.

An ugly season for our Vikings comes to an end

While we may talk about this further in the issues ahead, our Minnesota Vikings finished their season out of the playoffs when they lost at home versus Chicago on Dec. 30.  So, for those of you wondering if was going say anything about it here, there, I mentioned it.

“See ya!” next week!