By Dennis Throndset
It was awards time when the Langdon-Munich football team met during the winter. Four athletes received their post-season awards which were earned this past season. Dylan Crockett was named to all-state second team as a defensive back. Crockett was a first-team all-region player along with Collin Olson and Austin Winnegge from the Cardinal team. Earning second-team all-region spots were senior Trevor Schill, junior Garth Fetsch, and sophomores Colter Pritchard and Trevor Roppel.
The Grafton Spoilers hosted the Cardinals, and they came away with a 63-34 victory. This loss dropped the Cards’ record to 1-4. Keaton Mikkelsen was high scorer with 15. Cody Dravland was the game’s high scorer with 24. The second and third quarters were the Cards’ downfall; Grafton outscored the Cards 42-18 in the middle two quarters.
The Magic Storm boys were the winners over the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets, 54-53. The game was close throughout. Lance Logie scored 17 for the Storm. Ryan Hoffman had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Stephen Guler had 20 for the Rockets.
On the weekend of December 18-19, the Blades Babes were 2-2 in a Bismarck Jamboree. They began the tourney with a 13-1 throttle of the Dickinson Lade Outlaws. Emily Fetsch scored her first career goal. Eighth grader Jordyn Ullyott had her first goal of the season. Kelly Hennager and Shanna Hooge had hat tricks and an assist. Kristi Hennager had two goals and five assists. Lyndee Johnson and Kami Kay Christianson had goals. Morgan Kramer had 16 saves in goal. Against Watford City, the Babes lost 7-2. Renae McGauvran scored her first career goal, and Kristi Hennager had a goal (Hooge), and Morgan Kramer had 49 saves. Their third game was against the Miles City Lady Generals which the Babes defeated 11-4. Shanna Hooge had six goals and an assist. Kristi Hennager had two goals and 5 assists. Lyndee Johnson, Kelly Hennager, and Kami Kay Christianson each had a goal. Morgan Kramer made 16 saves. On the last day, Crosby shut out the Babes, 11-0. Kramer had 20 saves in that game.
In an Aberdeen tournament, the Blades lost to Eden Prairie, MN, and tied Grand Rapids, MN. Their record stood at 2-5-2 at the time.
In their second to the last game before the Christmas break, the Lady Cards dropped a game to Grafton, 68-43. This time the girls had difficulty with the second and third quarters. They and Grafton each scored 36 points in the first and fourth quarters, but,in the second and third periods, the Spoilers outscored the Cards, 32-7. McKenzie Hart scored 20 in a losing effort. Brooke Gaustad scored 20 for the Spoilers.
In a very competitive game, the Lady Cards edged the Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies, 57-51. Breanna Mack led the team with 20 points. McKenzie Hart had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Brenna Downs had 10. For the Aggies, Shayna Ruzicka had 21, and Sydney Larson scored 16.
In a game at Dunseith, the Magic Storm girls easily downed the Dragons. Krystle Hall and Caitlyn McArthur had 16 and 11, respectively. McArthur also had nine rebounds.
The Lady Cards traveled to Larimore on December 20 for an afternoon make-up game against the Polar Bears. The Cards jumped out to a 37-14 at the half as Julie Dinius used the full-court press to score points and pick up several steals. She finished with 15 points, seven steals and seven rebounds. McKenzie Hart led the team in scoring with 20 points. Breanna Mack added 13 for the Cards who won by a score of 66-34. Taylor Morton had 10 for the Bears.
A triple-double performance by Trevor Darling propelled the Magic Storm to a 54-30 win over the Woodchucks from St. John on January 3. In playing a great team game, the Magi led at all stops including a 28-12 margin at the half. Darling finished with 12 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. Mitchell Wirth added 11 and Lance Logie 10.
The Langdon Cards traveled to Minto to play the Mustangs on January 4. The Midway-Minto team drubbed the Cards 72-32 as Philip Schanilec tallied 34 points and Nathan Linstad added 11. Langdon was led in scoring by Keaton Mikkelsen with 12.
The Bullseye Archery Club was starting its third year as a club in the Masonic Hall in Langdon. There will be leagues for adults, high school students, and for children.
On January 3, a strong fourth quarter enabled the Lady Cards to defeat Valley-Edinburg, 46-37. After three periods, the Titans held a 28-26 lead, but the Cards outscored them 20-9 in the final period for the win. McKenzie Hart was the only Card in double figures as she tossed in 26 points. Brianna Barclay had 12 and Kadee Gullickson 11 for the Titans.
A night after the big win against the Titans of Valley-Edinburg, the Lady Cards dropped a tight game to the Midway-Minto Mustangs, 53-52. The game was played in Minto. The Cards led 28-18 at the half, but a poor third quarter cost Langdon dearly. Shannon Overby had a nice night scoring as she tossed in 16. McKenzie Hart had 15. Leading the Titans was Kaitlin Lindsey with 16 points.
The Magic Storm girls got their first win of the season by tripping up the visiting New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets, 48-40. Krystle Hall led the team with 16 points. Caitlyn McArthur had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Brenna Heppner added 10 points.
The Munich-Starkweather Magic Storm boys had ball handling problems in the early going, but they found the remedy and went on to a 57-39 victory over the Rolette-Wolford Comets. In fact, the Storm trailed at the half, 20-18, and then got things going in the second half. Mitchell Wirth and Ryan Hoffman each had 16 points while Trevor Darling added 10.
The Langdon Cardinals boys picked up their first District 8 win as they downed the Benson County Wildcats in overtime, 48-46. Langdon trailed at every period stop but came on in the final quarter to tie the game at 40. Reserve Michael Geisen was the hero as his three-pointer in overtime was the shot that saved the game. Trevor Schill led the team with 15 points. Keaton Mikkelsen had 11. Mikel Buckmeier had 15 for the Comets.
In another district contest, the Cards didn’t do so well. They dropped a 69-52 decision to the Bulldogs at Rock Lake. They scored well in the first two quarters and only trailed 38-33 at the break. The Cards just couldn’t find the bucket in the second half. Keaton Mikkelsen had 16 and Dylan Crockett 13 for the Cards. Cole Mitchell had 33 for the Bulldogs.
The Magic Storm girls placed sixth in the Lake Region Invitational in Devils Lake. In the first round, they were paired up against Four Winds-Minnewaukan, and they struggled from the start. Trailing 49-12 at the half, the Storm had their problems with the speedy Lady Indians. Krystle Hall’s eight points led the Storm. Jessica Hale poured in 25 for the Indians. In the consolation semifinals, they played Lakota-Adams-Edmore and lost, 79-34. Krystle Hall scored 12 points, and Carly Werner hit for 11. For the Raiders, Fallon Freije had 17, and Erika Anderson scored 11. In the final game of the tournament for the Magic Storm, they dropped a game to the Devils Lake JV, 70-45. Caitlyn McArthur led the team in scoring with nine points. Josie Knowski led DL with 21 points while Taylor Swanson added 16.
The Lady Cards traveled to Bottineau to face a team which has had a pretty good run the past few years. However, the Cards came home with a victory, 41-35. This moved their record to 3-3. Trailing 14-12 at the half, Langdon went on to outscore the Stars 29-21 in the second half. Leading the way for the Cards were Shannon Overby and McKenzie Hart who scored 11 points apiece.
“True Grit” was playing at the Roxy Theatre in Langdon. It starred Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Barry Pepper.
The top country song in January of 2011 was “Grenade” by Bruno Mars.