By Dennis Throndset
The Langdon Knights of Columbus held their local free throw contest at the Langdon Activity Center on January 9. The winners of each age division are listed. Girls – 10-year-old – Rachel Hill; 11-year-old – Bethany Gilseth; 11-year-old runner-up – Ashley Ratzlaff; 12-year-old – Krystal Ratzlaff. Boys – 10-year-old – Conner Tetrault; 11-year-old – Jacob Delvo; and 14-year-old – Tayler Belle. The winners moved on to the district contest level at the Walhalla Civic Center on January 30.
A buzzer-beater by Abby Sletten enabled the Hatton-Northwood Thunder to defeat the Langdon Cardinals, 45-43, in a game in Hatton. The Cards were ahead 10-2 after one period, but the Thunder outscored the Lady Cards in each of the final three stops. Sletten was the game’s leading scorer with 18. For Langdon, McKenzie Hart had 16 tallies.
The Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm girls team picked up two District 8 wins versus St. John and Rolette Wolford in mid- and late-January. They downed the Woodchucks, 45-44, despite trailing by 13 at one point. Krystle Hall had a double-double for the afternoon with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Caitlyn McArthur and Krystle Hall had 14 and 12 points, respectively, as the Magic Storm defeated Rolette-Wolford, 45-35, in a game in Munich.
The Langdon Lady Cards picked up their first District 8 victory in Langdon on January 13 when they defeated the Rolla-Rock Lake Bulldogs, 61-49. The win moved their overall record to 5-3. The Cards had four girls in double figures – McKenzie Hart – 14, Breanna Mack and Shannon Overby 13 each, and Julie Dinius 10. Ali Vandal had 16 for the Bulldogs.
Shannon Overby had a monster first quarter, scoring 12 points, and got the Lady Cards jump started as they downed the Benson County Wildcats, 62-38. McKenzie Hart led the team in scoring with 24. Overby ended the game with 12 as did Breanna Mack. Julie Dinius’ seven steals kept the Wildcat guards frustrated all evening.
After being behind 30-27 at the half, the Magic Storm boys tossed in 38 points in the second half to defeat the Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies, 65-57. The victory allowed the Storm to inch closer to evening their record. They stand 5-6 overall and 2-0 in District 8. Lance Logie threw in 24 points while Trevor Darling (14) and Mitchell Wirth (10) aided in the non-conference win. Blake Erickson had 24 for the Aggies.
The Carrington Cardinals won the battle of the birds when they topped the Langdon Cardinals, 73-46, on January 18 at the Foster County school. Keaton Mikkelsen and Dylan Crockett had 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Cards. Scott Burnham led the victors with 20.
The Langdon Blades Babes played two home games on the weekend of January 25. In the first encounter, they battled to a 6-6 tie with the Breckenridge-Wahpeton girls. Langdon’s goals were scored by Kami Kay Christianson (Lyndee Johnson and Emily Fetsch), Shanna Hooge (Kristi Hennager), Renae McGauvran (U/A), Lyndee Johnson (U/A), Kelly Hennager (U/A), and Johnson (Christianson). Morgan Kramer had 48 saves. Langdon also played the Fargo Lightning on the weekend, but they lost to a fiery group, 7-0. Kramer had an unbelievable 77 saves in the game.
The Langdon Blades picked up a league win when they downed the Crosby Comets, 4-2, on the back of Nic Roy who got his first hat trick and Grant Ellingson’s game winner. The team moved to a 4-2 record in league play. Brady Crockett had 14 saves in the match.
In a flurry of ball games, the Langdon Cards boys won two of the four games played in a span of six days. Langdon began the week with a 51-43 win over Park River/Fordville-Lankin. The Cards trailed at the half but put together a fine second half in which they outscored the Aggies 32-18. Three players hit for double figures as Dylan Crockett had 18, Trevor Schill had 13, and Keaton Mikkelsen had 10. Brady Kovarik had 12 for the Aggies.
Thomas Shephard was too much for the Cardinals as the Valley-Edinburg Titans whipped the Cards, 65-39, on Langdon’s home court. Shephard poured in 30 points in the Titan victory. For the Cards, Dylan Crockett led the team with 13.
The North Star Bearcats were too much for the Cards, especially on their home court. The Bearcats, the #1-ranked team in the state, powered out to a 39-16 halftime lead on the Cards. In the second and fourth quarters, the Cards only totaled four points; meanwhile, North Star totaled 33. Dylan Crockett scored nine to lead the Cards. Grant Lindahl popped in 26 to lead the Bearcats. Jacob Hagler had 22 and Daniel Grande 11 to aid the cause.
In the final game of the busy week, the Cards picked up their second district win of the season as they breezed past the Comets from Rolette-Wolford, 50-33. A 29-16 halftime lead propelled the Cards to the victory. Dylan Crockett and Keaton Mikkelsen were in double figures with 16 and 14, respectively. Jaden Pfeifer had 11 for the Comets.
In picking up two recent wins, the Magic Storm’s record reached .550 at 7-7. They lost a game to North Star, 65-46, but also picked up wins over North Border and Benson County. In the North Star game, Lance Logie had a nice game with 20 points. Matt Swanson had 15 for the Bearcats. The Storm defeated North Border in a non-conference battle, 64-60. Trevor Darling and Lance Logie were in double figures with 19 and 17. Landon Rude and Brett Dalzell each had 17 for the Eagles. In the 67-51 victory over Benson County, Mitchell Wirth picked up a season-high 18 points. Trevor Darling and Lance Logie each had 11. Noah Engles scored 16 for the Wildcats. Seniors playing their final home game for the Storm were Lance Logie, Trevor Darling, Kyle McConnell, and Woody Malaterre.
The North Star Bearcats edged the Langdon Cardinals in a District 8 showdown of the top teams, 53-52. The Cards led after three quarters, 42-35, but the Bearcats outscored the Cards 18-10 in the final period for the win. McKenzie Hart had 17 for the Cards while Breanna Mack added 11. Megan Gowan had 12 and Kelsey Teubner 11 for North Star. The Cards’ record stood at 6-4 following this game.
The Langdon Babes took on the Bottineau-Rugby team at the Dakota Spirit Arena on Sunday, January 23. The visitors won the game, 9-2. Kelly Hennager (Kristi Hennager) and Kristi Hennager (Kelly Hennager) had the two Langdon goals. Morgan Kramer had 34 saves in the game.
The Langdon Blades made a conference trip to western North Dakota and won one and dropped two games. They defeated Crosby, 5-3, lost to Watford City, 5-1, and dropped a game to Richland Rangers, 7-2. Scoring goals against Crosby were Grant Ellingson, Jace Roy, Nic Roy, Garth Fetsch, and Collin Olson. Brady Crockett had 37 saves in goal. Versus Watford City, Ellingson had the only Langdon goal.
It looks like it will be an exciting finish in all eight regions of Class B Girls Basketball. With almost all of the top teams in the state remaining in contention, Thursday evening should be very lively.
Region 1 – Kindred (19-3) vs. Richland (17-5)
Region 2 – Grafton (20-2) vs. Thompson (20-2)
Region 3 – Kidder County (22-0) vs. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (18-4)
Region 4 – Langdon-Edmore-Munich (20-2) vs. Four Winds-Minnewaukan (19-2)
Region 5 – Solen (12-8) vs. Shiloh Christian (17-6)
Region 6 – Rugby (19-4) vs. Velva (22-2)
Region 7 – Hettinger-Scranton (22-1) vs. Dickinson Trinity (16-7)
Region 8 – Trenton (23-0) vs. Parshall (13-9)
The movie “Country Strong” was playing at the Roxy in January of 2011. It starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester.
The top country hit in the USA in January of 2011 was “Somewhere with You” by Kenny Chesney. Topping the pop charts in January of 2011 was “Hold It Against Me” by Britney Spears.