By Dennis Throndset
The 2011 Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Contest was held at the Walhalla Civic Center. The winners will move on to the Regionals on Sunday, February 27, 2011. In no specific order, the winners were Conner Tetrault of Langdon, Drew Offner of Walhalla, Tristan Crawford of Walhalla, Jeslyn Lafferty of Walhalla, Bayley Jerome of Walhalla, Rachel Hill of Langdon, Bryce Hartje of Walhalla, and Landon Peterson of Walhalla.
After a slow first quarter in which the North Border Eagles took a 16-8 lead, the Lady Cards rallied with a strong second quarter to take a four-point lead at intermission at the Civic Center in Walhalla. The second half was competitively close with Langdon coming out on top, 59-53. McKenzie Hart led all scorers with 22 points while Breanna Mack had 19. Abbey Braaten’s nine rebounds led the Cards in that department.
The Four Winds Lady Indians traveled to Langdon to play the Lady Cards in mid-February. Four Winds had already sewed up the second seed in the District 7 tournament, so the game was seen as a portent of future contests. The Indians jumped out to a halftime lead of 35-31. The Langdon crew then outscored Four Winds in the second half and came away with a 58-57 victory. McKenzie Hart was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points. Breanna Mack had 11. Jessica Hale was high for Four Winds with 27 counters. Brittany Omen added 10.
In the opening round of the District 8 boys tournament held in Langdon on February 11-14, Langdon dropped its game to St. John, 53-45. The Cards kept the game close throughout, but the Chucks steadily pulled away to the eight-point victory. Langdon was led by Keaton Mikkelsen with 23 points. Dylan Crockett had 10 tallies. Sophomore Lorne Jay led four double figure scorers with 13.
In the Magic Storm’s opening round game, they won the contest with Benson County, 57-45. Trevor Darling was the key man for the Storm with 15 points and 11 assists. Mitchell Wirth was the leading scorer with 18 points. Ryan Hoffman had 13. Mikel Buckmier led the Wildcats with 13.
The S-M Magic Storm met Rolla-Rock Lake in the semifinals of the tournament. The Bulldogs led at the half, 38-33, behind 21 points from Cole Mitchell. A 20-0 run in the second and third quarters was the difference as the Bulldogs pulled out a 69-58 victory. Mitchell Wirth and Trevor Darling led the Storm scoring with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Mitchell ended up with 31 points for the Bulldogs.
In a game to determine a regional qualifier, Munich-Starkweather defeated Langdon in a typical rivalry battle, 50-47. The Cards had a terrible second quarter as they fell behind 29-18 at the break. The Cards tightened their laces in the second half and rallied to even take a lead in the last two minutes of playing time, but two clutch free throws by Ethan Sager iced the victory for the Magic Storm. Keaton Mikkelsen tallied 27 in a losing effort. Dylan Crockett netted 10 points. For the Magic Storm, Lance Logie had 19, including a difficult shot in the lane in the final minute. Trevor Darling added 17. The Storm played without two regulars, Mitchell Wirth and Kyle McConnell.
The pairings were set for the 2011 Region IV Boys Basketball Tournament to be held in the Devils Lake Sports Center on February 21, 22, and 24. First-round game pitted North Star (7-1) versus Carrington (8-4), Warwick (7-2) vs. Munich-Starkweather (8-3), Four Winds-Minnewaukan (7-1) vs. Benson County (8-4), and Rolla-Rock Lake (8-2) vs. Harvey-Wells County (7-3).
The Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm girls basketball team completed their regular season schedule with a game at Edinburg on February 18. The Titans used a very nasty defense to defeat the Magic Storm, 52-32. No one scored in double figures for the Storm. The Storm was scheduled to make up a game that was postponed earlier in the season with Midkota. Again, the team had trouble putting the ball in the basket as they shot in mid-20% from the field for the second game in a row. Midkota prevailed in this one, 70-40. The Storm finished fifth in the district and will play Benson County in the upcoming District 8 tournament in Rolla.
When a person reads about double-doubles in girls basketball, they usually have double figures in points and rebounds. For one evening for Julie Dinius, it was points (12) and steals (12)! The Lady Cards defeated Lakota-Adams-Edmore, 70-61, behind the defensive hustle of Dinius. McKenzie Hart was Langdon’s leading scorer with 21 points. Four others were in double figures with Dinius 12, Breanna Mack 11, Brenna Downs 10, and Shannon Overby 10. The Raiders were led by Ashtin and Fallon Freije with 20 and 14, respectively. The next action for the Cards was the District 8 tournament held in Rolla. They were the #2 seed and played St. John in the opening round. The Cards entered the tournament with a 14-5 record and eight straight victories.
The Magic Storm boys team fell to Warwick in the opening round of the Region IV tournament held in Devils Lake. The Warriors jumped out to a 38-24 lead by the half, and the Cavalier County team had too much distance to catch up. The final was 83-72 in the high-scoring affair. The Storm had all five starters in double figures — Trevor Darling 19, Lance Logie 17, Mitchell Wirth 16, Ryan Hoffman 10, and Kyle McConnell 10. Melvin Langstaff had 38 for Warwick. The Storm’s season ended with a 12-11 record.
In a game that started very slowly, the Langdon Cardinals-St. John Woodchucks match was anything but exciting in the first half. Langdon held a 24-16 lead at the break, but they were only 2 for 19 in field goals in the second quarter. Midway through the third quarter, the fuse was lit! Langdon’s outside shooting (four three-pointers in four consecutive trips down the court) destroyed St. John. The Cardinal defense limited the Woodchucks to 13 second half points while scoring 39 led to the final score of 63-29. McKenzie Hart led the team with 19 points, and Breanna Mack had 17. Kristin Rondeau had 10 for the Chucks.
The season for the Starkweather-Munich Magic Storm girls ended with a loss to Benson County in the opening round of District 8 play in Cando. The Wildcats were seeded as the #4 team and the Magic Storm the #5 team. The Storm kept within four points at the half but couldn’t hold the Wildcats in the final half as they took the win, 50-36. The Storm could only muster an 11 for 49 shooting performance (22%). This spelled their doom! Krystle Hall led the team with 11 points and 11 rebounds for a fine performance. This loss moved the team to the consolation round and a game with Rolla-Rock Lake.
The semifinal game between Langdon and Rolla-Rock Lake was not what was expected. With Rolla-Rock Lake playing on their home court, the game was expected to be hotly contested, but the Cardinals were fired up and were riding a nine-game winning streak. However, the Cards shot to a 56-12 lead after the first two quarters, and that was all she wrote. The final was 87-43 with Langdon applying no press in the second half and playing reserves for much of the final quarter. It was the Hart and Mack show in the scoring department again as McKenzie had 10 and Breanna tallied 18. For Rolla, Ally Vandal was held to 11 points by the stingy Langdon defense. The Cards moved on to the championship game with Benson County who had upset the #1 seeded North Star Bearcats in the semifinals.
In consolation play, the S-M Magic Storm played their final game of the season against the Rolla-Rock Lake Bulldogs. This was a regional qualifying contest that was won by the Bulldogs. However, there were no reports given to the writer after the game.
In the championship contest, Langdon defeated Benson County, 52-38. The Cards fell behind 15-7 after one quarter. Foul trouble also plagued the Cards from playing aggressive defense, but they scrambled to lead by one at the intermission, 19-18. The third period was big for the Lady Cards. They outscored the Wildcats 22-8 in the quarter to take a comfortable lead. However, no one told the Wildcats that the game was over! They scored eight straight points to come within eight points with half the fourth quarter gone. Then Brenna Downs hit a huge three-pointer (the only one for Langdon that night) to seemingly crush the Benson County hopes. The Cards held off the Wildcats for the remainder of the game. Leading the Cards in scoring was McKenzie Hart with 14, Brenna Downs scored 11, and Breanna Mack 10. Caitlin Engh had a dozen points for Benson County.
The All-District team was named by the coaches. The players were: North Star – Brittany Held, Kelsey Teubner, Megan Gowan, and Morgan Peters; Langdon – McKenzie Hart, Breanna Mack, Julie Dinius, and Shannon Overby; St. John – Callie Sivertson and Savannah Bruce; Rolette-Wolford – Macy Martinson; Starkweather-Munich – Krystle Hall; Benson County- Sara Schwanke and Caitlin Engh; and Rolla-Rock Lake – Britta Boe and Jordan Robert. The District 8 Coach of the Year was John Peters of North Star. The athletic director of the year was Jared Blikre of Rolette. The District 8 Player of the Year was Breanna Mack of Langdon.
The 7th Grade girls from St. Alphonsus played in the Andrew Crockett Memorial Basketball Tournament in Minot. The coaches were Sue Bata and Maria Eisenzimmer. The players were Madison Girodat, Madison Eisenzimmer, Ali Gellner, Brynn Crockett, Julie Kartes, Katelynn Fetsch, and Mariah Bata.
The Dynomites from Langdon took third place in the Andrew Crockett Memorial Basketball Tournament in Minot. Their coach was Barb Crockett. The team consisted of Rachel Kadlec, Rachel Hill, Ashley Ratzlaff, Bethany Gilseth, Jadee Murphy, Arynn Crockett, Hannah Feil, and Autumn Ormiston.
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