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Cardinals boys get an abrupt end to their regular season

Posted 2/14/19

By Jake Kulland

We come to you this week live from my Mom Ellen’s 80th birthday celebration.  As we told you last week she was born on Valentine’s Day in 1939.  I gushed about her enough last time, but let’s just tell you that we are about to take her out for a birthday supper at the Speedway in Grand Forks (Her choice, but a good one), and are spoiling her rotten, which she very much deserves.  Sports wise we are continuing through Tournament Time, and this week is the busiest of them all, which we will talk about in a moment.  The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals boys basketball team was to have one more regular season tune up for the postseason at home against Cavalier on Dec. 15.  However two days before the game the Tornadoes cancelled out on the contest for no real reason outside of they didn’t want to play it.  It was a stunning decision to say the least, and now the Cardinals will not have a game for 12 days until they appear in the District 8 Tournament.  We all have a lot of great friends in Cavalier, but I hope who ever made the decision to cancel the game (No one seems to know, or probably more correct is that no one wants to own up to it) knows that making that call so close to when the game is scheduled hurts a lot of things — the teams, the gate, our broadcast on the air, area businesses — you name it.  A Langdon-Cavalier game is always one of the biggest of the year regardless of the sport and where it is played, and it’s a crying shame that now it won’t happen.

Girls Regionals then Boys Districts = One chaotic week

As we just said above the week ahead is one the busiest of the high school sports calendar.  The Region 4 Girls Basketball Tournament is getting underway Feb. 18-21 at the Devils Lake Sports Center.  The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals girls team won the District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament in Cando Feb. 11 with a rock solid defense performance against Dunseith in the Championship Game.  The Lady Cards held the high powered Dragons offense without a basket until late in the first quarter of their 60-29 win.  The Cardinals are now three wins away from their second straight appearance in a State Class B Tournament.  For a team with no seniors, the Cardinals girls have now won 17 games in a row, and although their road will not be easy to get to the Betty in Grand Forks for the State Tourney, they have fought hard to get to this point, and look forward to defending their Region 4 title.  Right after the girls regionals comes the District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament, which again will held in Langdon, Feb. 22-25.  The tournament should be a fun one, as Dunseith and Langdon-Edmore-Munich have the top two seeds and get first round byes, but the other four teams of St. John, Rolla, North Star and Rolette-Wolford all have the talent to surprise and get an upset.  You can find full brackets for each tournament in this weeks Republican, and every game from each tourney can be heard on 95.7 FM, and online through myborderland.com.

Dakota Spirit Arena to host State Junior Gold Tournament Feb. 28-March 2

As we have talked through this entire column, excitement is at it’s height for postseason winter sports, and that will continue for the Langdon Blades hockey teams as most divisions will head to their respective State Tournaments the first weekend of March.  Langdon get the honor of hosting the State Junior Gold Tournament once again this year on Feb. 28-March 2, and on good authority (Jeff “Red Neck” Howatt authority) we have been told that this is the fifth time Dakota Spirit Arena will host this tourney.  Van Howatt is the tournament manager once again this year, and he tells volunteers are needed for a variety of duties.  As we all know, these tournaments don’t run themselves, so if you can lend a hand taking tickets, helping run concessions or more, please contact Van, Julie Johnson or Laura Dease, or sign your name to sheets that are now out at the arena.  We should have a full bracket for the this tourney the next time we visit.

“See ya!” next week!