Jake’s Take on Sports

When they said tournaments brings storms they weren’t kidding

Posted 3/14/19

By Jake Kullland

An old adage in the North Dakota sports world is that tournaments bring storms.  And while we have gotten through Tournament Time in pretty good shape, the last winter tourney of the season has come with it the worst storm.  “Blizzard Geraldine” as it has been called (Who comes up with these silly names?  Great question!) hit all of eastern North Dakota with heavy snow in spots, and very high winds.  As we come to you on the afternoon of March 14, There have been many no travel advisories, and I-29 from the Canadian border to Fargo, plus Highway 2 from Grand Forks to Devils Lake have been closed.  The State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament is going on at the MSU-Dome in Minot, and thankfully the Magic City was spared from this blizzard, not receiving even a flake of snow.  Best of luck to our area teams, New Rockford-Sheyenne and Thompson, and it’s great to see some new blood in the tourney such as Powers Lake, with the Ranchers making their first tournament appearance in 80 years.

High School Baseball to being practice on March 18

While the weather outside may still be frightful, hopefully brighter days are on their way with the coming of High School Baseball season.  The first practice statewide is coming up on March 18.  While things will of course begin outdoors, the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals will get practice rolling on that day.  The Cardinals are once again coached by Josh Krivarchka, and assisted this year by Tanner Groth and Connor Weber.  Coach Krivarchka tells us that he is expecting over 30 kids out for the team this year in grades 7-12, which should provide some great competition for starting spots.  The Cardinals have their first game scheduled for April 8 against Grafton, which is probably wishful thinking, but hopefully they can get rolling if it ever warms up.

Schwabe signs with NDSU Baseball 

We keep forgetting to get the word to you that Langdon native Calen Schwabe has signed with to play baseball at North Dakota State University.  Schwabe, a graduate of the Thompson, is currently in his second season playing with Des Moines Area Community College, where is their lead off hitter and starting center fielder.  Cal hit nearly .400 for the Bears last season, and will move on to play with the Bison starting this fall.  NDSU head baseball coach Tod Brown said in a press release that “Calen is a true outfielder with plus speed. He is a plus defender and really shows the ability to run balls down in the outfield. He also has the ability to steal bases and cause havoc on the base paths. We believe Calen can positively impact games in many different ways and he will immediately add speed and athleticism to our roster.”  We congratulate Calen on signing with the Bison, and that will give people many more opportunities to see him play live.  Calen is the son of Jason and Colette Schwabe of Thompson and the grandson of Rick and Sandy Schaan of Langdon.

Barley Show time

We will leave you this week by encouraging everyone to get out and support the State Barley Show in Osnabrock March 22-23.  This is their diamond anniversary 75th show, and as such they are doing two days of events this year, with the usual activities on March 22, and they have now added a show by the Dueling Pianos on March 23.  To be able to host these events, the Barley Show gets great sponsorship which they are thankful for, but they also need people to come and support both days to get it going and thriving.  So we hope you will take in everything they have to offer, and congratulations to the show directors on 75 great years!

“See ya!” next week!

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