Cavalier County Sports History

Summer-Fall 2011

Posted 5/3/19

By Dennis Throndset

Javen Krahn, son of Kerry and Debbie Krahn of rural Langdon, reeled in a 39″ 17 lb. Northern Pike at the Mt. Carmel Dam while fishing with his grandfather from Delphos, Kansas.

The Langdon Men’s Softball team returned from a tournament at the Red Willow Resort with the second place trophy.  They were pictured in the Cavalier County Republican with Vernice Haines, the owner of the Red Willow Resort.  Team members were Josh Zeis, Cody Raugust, Howard Klingbeil, Marty Tetrault, Joey Hansel, Brett Zeis, Nick Moser, Jesse Zeis, Zach Zeis, Zane Jacobson, Klay Hetletved, Nic Fetsch, and Chris Mikkelsen.  Sponsors were Van Howatt, Langdon Implement, At the Hop, Hansel Plumbing, Langdon Eagles, Mike Zeis Crop Insurance, and Mikkelsen Bros. Construction.

The 2010-00 Langdon High School Athletic Awards were announced.  McKenzie Hart was named the outstanding female athlete.  Dylan Crockett won the Haugen-Knutson Award which recognizes the outstanding male athlete.  Abbey Braaten was named the outstanding sophomore female athlete, and Colter Pritchard was awarded the Marty Nuelle Award for the outstanding sophomore male athlete.

Brynn Fischer was the winner of medalist honors at the Langdon Ladies City Golf Tournament held at the Langdon Country Club on August 7.  Jenny Romfo was the club champion with an 18-hole score of 89.  Fischer finished second in the tourney with a 93.  Michele Olson was third with a 97.  Second Flight – first – Ardyce Hennager, second – Karen Borgen, third – Cheryl MacDonald.  Third Flight – first – Delores Johnson, second – Carol Blake, third – Jaci Oakland.  Fourth Flight – first – Diane Wenzel, second – Cheryl Muhs, third – Judy Domres.  Other prizes – Longest Drive – Jenny Romfo; Closest to the Pin – Dawn Kruk; Closest to the Painted Line – Lisa Schuler; Longest Putt – Jenny Romfo; Closest to the Garden Stake – Dawn Kruk; and Closest to the Pin on second shot – Michele Olson.

The Turtle Mountain Trap League held their annual shoot at the Langdon Country Club on July 31.  Local winners were:  Singles Champ – Rod Howatt; Class B second to Jerry Howatt; Class C second to Tom Balsdon; Class C third to Lynn Miller; Juniors second to James Weekes; Short Yardage second to Lynn Miller; Short Yardage third to Tom Balsdon.  Long Yardage Juniors – first to James Weekes, second to Chase Rohde, and third to Reily Bata.  In the Double division – Class C third to Tom Balsdon, Juniors third to Chase Rohde.  Most Improved Shooter – Reily Bata.  Norman Howard of Rugby won the award for the Best Overall Shooter.

The special teams unit of the Langdon-Munich Cardinals football team made a huge difference in the outcome of the win over the Turtle Mountain Braves, 42-12.  This was a non-conference game as the Braves play in the Class AA division while the Cardinals will compete in the 2A class.  Colter Pritchard scored early on a 2-yard plunge from scrimmage.  After forcing the Braves to punt, Pritchard displayed his sprinter speed to race 85 yards to pay dirt.  Trevor Roppel ran in the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.  Yet in the first period, Connor Braaten tossed a pass to Nick Koller for a 55-yard score to make it 20-0 after the first quarter.  After recovering a fumble in the second quarter, Braaten ran it in from one yard then tossed a two-point conversion to Kalton Agnes to make the score 28-0.  After getting a safety after the Braves snapped the ball out of the end zone, Roppel took the kickoff back 80 yards for another TD, and the score was 36-0.  Both teams scored in the final quarter, but no stats were available after the contest.

The cross country teams opened their season with a meet in Northwood on August 25.  Places attained were:  Girls – 4th – Kennedy Rude; 28th – Hope Bodnar; 52nd – Madison Gapp; and 77th – Renae McGauvran.  Ali Gellner also competed for the Cards.  The girls finished in 9th place out of 21 teams.  Boys – 37th Ryan Gapp, 68th Justin Cheatley.  They finished 14th out of 16 teams.

The Langdon seventh grade volleyball team took first place in their division at the Park River Invitational tournament held on August 27.  Team members were Ally Welsh, Amanda Thompson, Kami Christianson, Madison Eisenzimmer, Madison Girodat, Jayden Romfo, Trysten Evans, Madison Hart, Sydney Ellingson, and Libby Rich.  The team was coached by Brittany Bowles.

On September 2, the Langdon-Munich Cardinals started fast but lost the football contest to North Prairie, 26-24.  Colter Pritchard started the scoring in the first quarter with a nine-yard run for a 6-0 lead.  North Prairie scored twice in the second quarter and held the Cards scoreless for a 12-6 lead at intermission.  The Cougars scored on a pass play in the third quarter to go ahead 18-6.  The Cards rallied with a 6-yard pass play from Connor Braaten to Kalton Agnes and a three-yard run for a score by Trevor Roppel – 18-18.  North Prairie then scored another TD and a two-point conversion to lead 26-18.  The Cards stormed right back with a TD of their own on a six-yard run by Pritchard but failed to convert on the extra points.  The Cougars were able to run the clock out and maintain their 26-24 lead.  The loss dropped the regional record to 0-1 with the overall record standing at 1-1.

The eighth grade volleyball team also took first place in their division at the Park River Invitational Junior High Volleyball Tournament held on August 27.  Team members were Amanda Winnegge, Shea Ormiston, Julia Kartes, Courtney Cook, Brynn Crockett, Mariah Bata, Jocelyn Dinius, Katelyn Fetsch, and Taylor Gratton.  The team was coached by Jane Hart.

The Langdon Cardinals volleyball team opened its 2011 season against the Thompson Tommies in Langdon on September 1 in Langdon.  Langdon returned three starters from the state champion team of 2010 – Julie Dinius, McKenzie Hart, and Abbey Braaten.  New starters on the squad were Rachel Kram, Brenna Downs, and Lyndee Johnson.  Others on the team were Brittany Fetsch, Brooke Darling, Madi Hetletved, and Summer Koropatnicki.  There were only 12 girls in grades 9-12 out for volleyball this year, although the seventh and eighth grade teams had over 20 girls participating.  Thompson fell to the Cards, 3-0.  Set scores were 25-20, 25-18, and 25-19.  Hart and Braaten were both in double figures in kills.  Downs had 34 assists.  Hart, Dinius, and Downs were all in double figures in digs.

Langdon and Carrington had a rematch of the Region IV championship game in their first action of the year.  The match took place in Carrington in early September of 2011.  Carrington prevailed with a 3-1 advantage in sets.  The southern Cardinals won the first set – 25-22; Langdon won the second set – 25-20; Carrington the third – 27-25; and Carrington the fourth – 25-18.  For the Cards, Julie Dinius, McKenzie Hart, and Abbey Braaten were all in double figures in kills with 16, 13, and 15, respectively.  Hart, Lyndee Johnson, and Rachel Kram were the leaders in digs with 15, 13, and 13, respectively.    Emily Thompson and Sierra Rosenau led the Carrington team.

In seeking their first region 2A victory, the Cardinals of Langdon-Munich hosted the Larimore Polar Bears on September 9.  Both team started fast by taking their opening drives to the end zone.  Trey Lovcik scored from the five yard line (Connor Braaten kick) to tie the score at 7.  From that point on Larimore had the crowd’s attention by scoring six consecutive touchdowns before Langdon would reach pay dirt again.  The score read 49-7 in the final quarter when Lovcik scored on a four-yard run and picked up the two-point conversion on a run.  49-15.  In the waning moments of the contest, Trey went over 100 yards (104) on the final drive, when he scored from two yards out and ran in another conversion.  49-23 final score.  The Bears did not attempt a pass the entire game, and the Cards completed just two passes for 25 yards.  Three yards and a cloud of dust was the call!

The 2011 Homecoming Court was announced two week prior to the Homecoming Game which would be against Park River-Fordville/Lankin on September 23.  The court included Yose Miller, Coy Bata, Wayne Borgen, McKenzie Hart, Julie Dinius, and Emily Fetsch.

The Langdon Cardinals volleyball team traveled to rural Cass County for the Northern Cass Invitational on September 10.  Langdon faced Finley-Sharon-Hope/Page in the opener of pool play and defeated them, 2-0.  The Cards then lost a set to Fargo Oak Grove, 25-23.  They then rallied for a 25-11 win and a 15-8 win in the rubber set.  The third set had the Cards playing Cavalier.  The Cards sluggishly won the first set, 25-19.  The second set went Langdon’s way as well, 25-14.  The Cards were then matched up against the Central Valley Valiants in the opening round of tournament play.  The Cards rallied to win the first set, 27-24, and then cruised in the second set, 25-14, to move into the semifinals.  Their next opponent was the #1 seeded team from Kindred.  The Vikings were just too much for the Cards and won both sets – 25-16 and 25-20.  Team totals from the day were:  Most kills – Abbey Braaten; Most Blocks – Abbey Braaten; Most Digs – McKenzie Hart; Most Assists – Madison Hart; and Most Aces – McKenzie Hart.  The Cardinals had a good tournament against some of the top teams in the eastern part of the state.  Despite injuries forcing some players to miss the tournament and some playing in their untraditional positions, the team learned a lot.

Playing at the Roxy in Langdon was “Crazy Stupid Love” starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, and Marisa Tomei.

The #1 pop music song in the USA was “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera. “Remind Me” was at the top of the country music world at the time.  It was by Brad Paisley in a duet with Carrie Underwood.

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