Jake’s Take on Sports

Mr. T, or “Scoop” as he’s known here turns 70

Posted 1/10/19

By Jake Kulland

Let’s get going this week by wishing our favorite Cavalier County Republican writer Dennis Throndset a very happy 70th birthday, which was on Jan. 11.  “Scoop” as he’s called at the paper (Well, I’m probably the only one who calls him that), has been the author of “This Week in Cavalier County Sports History” now for several years.  I can’t tell you how many people comment on how much they enjoy his column every week.  For people to see their names in print for accomplishments in the past is pretty special stuff.  It’s basketball season, so his “LaThron” nickname is now being used until mid-March.  As many of you know, Dennis has fought through practically every ailment in a medical journal, and he has handled it with total class and a patience level that is unequaled.  He has been one of my best friends for all the years I have been covering sports in the Tundra, and his help and camaraderie through all of the many games we have covered and all the road trips we have been on has been appreciated way more than he will ever know.  I will have you know that as of today, he is feeling great and has had now major health issues as of late.  Happy Birthday Thron, and here’s to many more great years of your continued love of bean burritos (Yep, that’s his favorite), and the love for everyone that you meet.  From all of us – Thank you!!

Cardinals boys basketball team finally comes home to Langdon;  Mack scores first varsity point

This week also features the first Langdon home game for the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals boys basketball team.  The Cards have been road warriors most of the season, with just one home game so far this year which was in Edmore on Dec. 11.  The Cardinals will finally be in Langdon on Jan. 15, where they will have what should be a very competitive District 8 game against a talented Dunseith squad.  This game should also mark the first time that the Cards will be at full strength, as Jackson Delvo and Ordale Morstad have been cleared to play after missing the whole season to this point.  Jagger Worley also should be back in the lineup after dealing with painful shin splints.  While we are talking up boys hoops, we need to give a shout out to Cardinals senior Holden Mack, who scored what we are told was his first varsity point in a game at Drayton-Valley-Edinburg on Jan. 5.  It was the most excited we’ve seen the Cardinals bench all year when Mack hit a free throw late in the contest.  Holden is a player that doesn’t see a pile of court time, but still continues to work hard in practice and tries to make it count when he hits the floor.  It was a special moment for him and his family and getting that first point, and we hope there are more to come.

Blades girls hockey team home for three games

While nearly all of the Langdon Blades hockey teams are on the road Jan. 18-20, we should mention that the Langdon Blades girls hockey team has three home games on that weekend.  They will host Crosby on Jan. 18, Richland, MT on Jan. 19 and Glasgow, MT.  The Blades girls have been looking to string together some wins, after losing four close contests at at tournament in Bottineau Jan. 4-6.  They have been playing competitive hockey and hopefully some wins are on their way.  Meanwhile the Blades junior gold hockey team is off on another western road trip Jan. 18-20, with their next home game coming Jan. 25 versus Watford City.  Good luck to all divisions of Blades teams.

“See ya!” next week!