Jake’s Take on Sports

A sports icon lost for Langdon and Cavalier County

Posted 3/21/19

By Jake Kulland

We come to you this week by bringing the sad news that longtime Langdon resident Al Adam passed away recently.  We mention it here because Al was a longtime supporter of every Langdon sport you could think of, and will be sorely missed.  He was a long time official for the area, and to put it in perspective, he was Tom Perius before there was a Tom Perius.  Al was an active member at the Langdon Country Club, and committee member and big promoter for the International Golf Tournament, along with a love for the senior golf tour.  In the many visits I had with him, he always wanted to know how each Cardinals and later Blades team was doing, and if a certain program was struggling, he always wanted to try and figure out a way to turn things and around get it going in the right direction.  Al was always there if help was needed at American Legion Field when baseball tournaments came around.  Our sincere condolences go out to all of Al’s family, he was a top shelf individual.  Hopefully we will meet someday on that big golf course in the sky my friend.

Thompson wins the Boys State B;  Several connections to our area

There is also happy news this week, as Thompson won their first ever State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament in their first ever appearance on March 16, with an overtime victory over Shiloh Christian.  The Tommies team has many ties to our area.  Brandy George’s Dad Corky and family lived for years up in the Calvin/Sarles area.  Brandy (Who won North Dakota Class B Coach of the Year) himself taught and coached for 15 years in Edmore.  Cadyn Schwabe, who won the tournament MVP award, is a Langdon native who is the son of Jason and Colette Schwabe and whose grandparents are Rick and Sandy Schaan.  Hayden Overby’s Mom Joey is from Edmore and his grandparents, Ken and Holly Spanier reside in Adams.  Plus Marcus Hughes and Nick Reck have ties to the Neche and North Border areas.  It’s almost like playing a game of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and I hope I’m not stealing the thunder of Rita Maisel’s “Langdon Long Ago” column talking about it.  All those connections meant that many people were cheering on the Tommies to win, and many are happy they got it done.

Summer Baseball/Softball Signup Night coming April 10

We haven’t even mentioned the weather in this column yet, but things are FINALLY warming up, as the temp when we are writing is 44 degrees on March 21.  That means it’s time to sign up for summer baseball and softball in Langdon.  Signup Night will happen Wednesday, April 10 from 5 to 7pm at the Langdon American Legion Hall.  This is summer T-Ball, Pee Wee, Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball, plus girls softball.  The reason this is so early is to find out the number of kids on each team to get equipment ordered, jerseys and t-shirts, etc.  So please save the date of April 10, and we will continue to remind you here.

High School Golf practice to start March 25

Also with the melting of snow, comes the beginning of high school golf across North Dakota.  Obviously things are quite a ways from getting going outside, but indoor practice will begin in the week ahead.  The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals team will once again be coached by Jenny Romfo on the girls side, and Ethen Askvig for boys.  The first meet for the girls is not until April 26 for the girls and April 30 for the boys, so hopefully by then things we be improved enough to get on the course.  Some snow was removed from the Langdon Country Club to help things move along a little faster, but it is still going to take some time.

Ronningen makes 1st team All-State

We will leave you this week by congratulating Callie Ronningen of the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals on making the first team of the All-State Girls Basketball team.  Find a complete story on her in this weeks Republican.  Great job Callie!

“See ya!” next week!

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