Jake’s Take on Sports

Halfway through the coldest month of the year

As we chatter as you this week, the coldest stretch of the year is about to hit the Tundra.  -20 degree temps are scheduled for Cavalier County the entire weekend of Jan. 18-20.  But as we think about that, if only three days of bitter cold is what is forecast, we are doing quite well this winter as come down the back side of January.  Thankfully no storm days have been used by area schools and we hope it stays that way.  My people out west say there is absolutely no snow (Which we will talk about more later in this space) in Williston, and February normally has been quite mild that last several years.  So hopefully the worst is over and we can start looking forward warmer weather and postseason tournaments, which will be starting with the District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament in Cando on Feb. 8.

Four Winds to make first boys basketball trip to Langdon Jan. 22

History will be made in Langdon on Jan. 22.  This will be the first time that a Four Winds varsity boys basketball team has played in the Langdon high school gym.  Four Winds is now co-oped with Minnewaukan, and that town has played in Langdon several times when they were with Leeds.  But this will be an original for Four Winds, who are ranked in the top five in the North Dakota Boys Basketball Poll, and are led by 6′ 10″ sophomore center Bronson Walter, who is worth the price of admission just to see him on the floor.  The Indians have many more weapons however, and the Cardinals boys are looking forward to the challenge.  Langdon-Edmore-Munich finally has all of their players back from injury, and although they have lost their last two games, they should really improve once all of the pieces are in place, and everyone remembers how to play with one another.  If you come out to watch one game this season, Jan. 22 would be it with the Indians at the Cardinals.

Defense leads to wins for the Lady Cards, whose winning streak is now at nine

The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals girls basketball team has been rolling the last few weeks, and their smothering defense has been a big key.  The Lady Cards have not lost since a double overtime defeat at Thompson on Dec. 8, and they are now ranked fifth in the state.  They have not allowed more than 48 points in a game this season, and have held their last five opponents to 30 points or less.  Those are some impressive stats, and the Cards girls hope to continue that when they try to clinch the regular season District 8 title with a game at Dunseith on Jan. 22.  The Lady Cards next home game is a girls/boys basketball double header versus New Rockford-Sheyenne on Jan. 26.

Blades junior gold team to make their second western road trip

The Langdon Blades junior gold hockey team is making it’s second road trip of the season at Richland, Watford City and Crosby Jan. 18-20.  They also played in a North Dakota league jamboree earlier this season at Crosby.  The Blades played in a Grand Forks Tournament Jan. 11-13, and while stats were unavailable, they lost all four games they played.  The losses were 2-1 to the Grand Forks Stallions, 3-1 to the Manitoba Royals, 7-1 to Estavan and 8-3 to the Fargo Freeze.  And while the Blades were disappointed in the play in Grand Forks, the good thing is those games mean nothing for the league standings.  The games this weekend and next are the ones they will want to win, as they are second in the North Dakota league.  They will finally get some league home games at Dakota Spirit Arena Jan. 25-27, playing Watford City, Grand Forks and Northwood.  And remember Langdon is the host of the State Junior Gold Hockey Tournament this year which will be held Feb. 28-March 2.

State Snowmobile Ride coming to Langdon Feb. 2

We will leave with a reminder that the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club is host the 2019 North Dakota State Snowmobile Ride on Feb. 2.  At The Hop Bar & Grill is the hub site for the event this year, and they once again will offer everyone a chance to win two $1,000 cash prizes, plus many other door prizes.  As we said above in this week’s column, there is not a lot of snow in many areas of the state, so if we can hold or even build upon the snow that is here, they should have a very busy day.  We will talk this event up more when we visit next time around.

“See ya!” next week!