By Dennis Throndset
A short note on a comment from Jake Kulland in the sports area this article featured last week. Cadyn Schwabe, son of Jason and Collette Schwabe and a former Langdon resident, was playing basketball with a group of 4th graders from Thompson, Fargo, and Moorhead. Well, in 2011 they won the Minnesota championship in the USSA Boys National Championships. They were scheduled to compete in the national tournament on June 22-25, 2011. Most Langdon residents are aware of the success Cadyn has had in basketball (not to ignore football and baseball) in his career at Thompson High School. Anyway, this writer will attempt to find out how Cadyn and his team did in that national tournament.
The American Legion game against Nelson County on June 27 did not represent how well the Red Sox can play. There were a lot of errors (5), base running miscues, and more. Kalton Agnes started the game but was replaced after one-third innings. The final score was 11-1 in five innings. Trevor Darling was the reliever, and he retired the first six batters he faced. However, Nelson County got to him for five runs in the fifth inning to force the ten-run rule. Colton Anderson was the winning pitcher. On the next day, the Red Sox hosted the Midway-Minto team and got a 9-0 victory. The shoe was on the other foot, and the M-M team committed five errors! Mike Bigwood tossed a seven-inning no-hit game with 14 Ks. He also hit a three-run homer. Tyler Stockton also had a three-run homerun to pace the Red Sox.
The University of North Dakota volleyball staff put on a skills camp in Langdon June 27-29. Representing the University were head coach Ashley Hardee, assistant coach Dan Brown, and player Erica Turner. There were 23 athletes who attend the camp.
The 11th Annual Langdon Area School District Foundation “Golf for Education” tournament was held at the Langdon Country Club on June 25, 2011. Winning the first flight were Travis Jordan, Jenny Romfo, Zach Jacobson, and Connie Kjos. Second flight winners were Bob Mostad, Randy Evans, Grant Evans, and Kevin Roy.
The Langdon Red Sox took two American Legion games from St. Thomas on July 6. These wins helped their drive to get the #1 seed in the regional tournament. Kalton Agnes got the win in the opener in the 14-4 victory. In the second game, Mike Bigwood threw a three-hit shutout in the 18-0 win. Hitting heroes were Connor Braaten with a home run and 3 RBI, Grant Ellingson had a home run and three RBI, Mike Bigwood had 2 2Bs and 2 RBI, Nic Roy – home run and 6 RBI, and Jace Roy – 2B, 3B, and 4 RBI. The victories moved the overall record to 12-6 and the region record to 5-2.
The season finale game against Grafton didn’t go well for the Langdon Red Sox. The Grafton team had a great hitting day pounding out 15 base hits. Colby Aasand tossed a three-hitter in the 15-2 win. Kalton Agnes took the loss for the Red Sox. Grant Ellingson had two of Langdon’s three hits. The Red Sox will entered the tournament as the #3 seed and played Midway-Minto in the opener. To end the season’s regular schedule, the Red Sox hosted Devils Lake. Langdon was the winner in the 13-3 contest. Mike Bigwood allowed only four hits and three runs. Jacob Clouse took the loss for DL. Bigwood had 7Ks and 3 RBI. Ellingson had four hits and three runs scored. Langdon had 13 hits in the contest.
The Langdon 16 and under softball team attended the state softball tournament in Jamestown and finished eighth. Then on July 10, they played in the league tournament in Pembina. The girls won that tournament with a three-run victory over Manvel. Coaching the team were Maria Eisenzimmer and Megan Ratzlaff. Players included Ally Welsh, Krystal Ratzlaff, Jenny Weekes, Madison Eisenzimmer, Madison Hetletved, Mariah Bata, Sydney Ellingson, Madison Hart, Ashley Ratzlaff, Brenna Downs, Paige Gellner, Abbey Braaten, and Brooke Darling. There were only two players who were 15 years old on the team, so the future looked bright for the team.
Courtney Roloff scored a hole-in-one at the Langdon Country Club. She aced the ninth hole with a driver.
The 12 and under girls softball team from Langdon took first place in their league tournament held in Drayton. They defeated Drayton in the final game, 10-5. Coaching the 12U team were Megan Ratzlaff and Maria Eisenzimmer. Players were Emily Messner, Madi Hart, Ally Welsh, Skylee Hoffarth, Sadie Fetsch, Jessica Hoffarth, Corissa Tetrault, Ashley Ratzlaff, Rylan Rueger, Kami Kay Christianson, Sydney Ellingson, Ava Steinmetz, Arynn Crockett, and Brayden Pengilly.
The Langdon Little League team finished second in the Division B year-end tournament held in Langdon. They were coached by Nic Pfeifer. Players were Conner Tetrault, Dylan Agnes, Dalton Olson, Justin Kruk, Jacob Delvo, Jackson Delvo, Peyton Ullyott, Jakob Iverson, Alex Gronhovd, Brady Otto, Joey McGauvran, and Ethan Peterson.
To say the least, the Langdon Red Sox American Legion team didn’t fare well in the final region tournament. In their opening game, the team lost to Nelson County, 5-2. Tyler Stockton pitched well – allowing only one hit, but the team had three errors and had a number of walks. On that one hit, the Owls scored five runs. In a loser-out game later that afternoon, Langdon downed St. Thomas, 6-0. Jace Roy pitched a great game, allowing only two hits. Riley Penner had two RBI in the crucial sixth inning. In what would be Langdon’s final game of the year, the Red Sox met Midway-Minto, a team they had beaten twice this year. Both teams had 12 hits in the game, but M-M had two big innings. They scored five runs in the fourth inning and six runs in the top of the seventh. Nic Roy, Colter Pritchard, and Mike Bigwood each had two hits. Trevor Darling took the loss on the mound. The Red Sox ended their season with a 17-10 record. Grafton won the regional tourney with a 13-8 win over Nelson County in the title game. Grafton won in the first round of the state tournament held in Bottineau.
The Langdon Ladies Golf Invitational was held at the Langdon Country Club on July 11. Thirty golfers participated. Annette Beattie of Cooperstown was the medalist with a 45. Becky Gellner of Langdon was the tourney champ. Other flight winners: First Flight – 1st – Becky Gellner, 2nd – Connie Kjos, 3rd – Cathy Halstad; Second Flight – 1st – Michele Olson, 2nd – Eileen Ediger, 3rd – Tamy Dick; Third Flight – 1st – Cheryl McDonald, 2nd – Ardyce Hennager, 3rd – Glenda Thomas; and Fourth Flight – 1st – Bonnie Loraas, 2nd – Tara Mikkelsen, 3rd – Carol Uecker.
The Langdon 14 and under softball team played in the National Tournament in Watertown, SD, on July 28. The tournament had five levels of teams, and there were 17 teams in the 14U division. Their opening game was against a team from Gary, SD, and Langdon was on the losing end, 7-1. They then lost to Richfield, MN, and were beaten, 11-5. In the double elimination tourney, Langdon lost its first game to Burnsville, MN, the Minnesota State Champions. They won their next game against Insight Watertown, 19-12. Their next game was against Castlewood, SD, and they won 15-10. Their next opponent was against Richfield whom they had met in pool play. Langdon led late in the game, 6-4, but Richfield rallied for three runs in the sixth inning and held on for the win. All in all, the Langdon team did very well and came in eighth out of 17 teams!
Showing at the Roxy Theatre was “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and a host of notables.
The top country song in the USA in the summer of 2011 was “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton. The #1 pop song in late July of 2011 was “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock.