By Dennis Throndset
The North Dakota Class B defending champions picked up their first District 8 win of the 2011 season by defeating the Adams-Edmore Prowlers, 3-0. The set scores were 25-13, 25-12, 25-17. The team leaders were Abbey Braaten 17 kills, Julie Dinius 13 kills, Madi Hart 15 digs, Julie Dinius 13 digs, Abbey Braaten 12 digs, Madi Hart 24 assists, and Abbey Braaten 3 blocks.
Just after playing each other in the Northern Cass tournament, the Langdon Cards faced the Cavalier Tornadoes in a dual, non-district match. The Cardinals, facing some key injuries, knew the Tornadoes would give them a battle. The Cards did come out on top, 3-0, with set scores of 25-18, 25-14, 25-21. Abbey Braaten led the team in kills again as she put down 17 kills. Julie Dinius had 9 kills. McKenzie Hart had 24 digs, Dinius had 20 digs, and Braaten 10 digs. Madi Hart had 20 assists.
The North Star Bearcats, on which Miranda Darling and Kaylee Anderson from Munich participate, had a successful start to their volleyball season. They had won the Bottineau tournament which included pool matches against Wilton-Wing, Bottineau (lost), and Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood. In the tournament portion, they beat Rugby, Harvey/Wells County, and then beat a very good Bottineau team for the title. Dual matches in which they had won were against Rugby, Adams-Edmore, Rolette-Wolford, and Towner-Granville-Upham.
On September 16, the Langdon-Munich Cardinals dropped another Region 2A contest; this time to Hatton-Northwood, 34-26. The Thunder scored the only TD in the first quarter and converted the extra points for an 8-0 lead. Connor Braaten scored on a one-yard dive in the second quarter. Colter Pritchard made a successful conversion for an 8-8 tie. The Thunder then scored two more TDs in the second quarter to lead 22-8 at the half. An early third quarter score by Trevor Roppel on a ten-yard pass from Kalton Agnes brought excitement to the L-M team. Again, Pritchard made the conversion for a 22-16 score. A Langdon safety ended the scoring in the third quarter, 22-18. Dalton Fetsch scored on a three-yard run early in the fourth quarter, and the Cards had the lead 26-22 after another Pritchard conversion. Alas, the Thunder had enough left in them to score the last two TDs late in the game. They took the victory, 34-26. Pritchard had 121 yards rushing for the Cards.
On September 19, the Homecoming royalty was named at Langdon High School. The King and Queen were Coy Bata and Julie Dinius; their attendants were Yose Miller and McKenzie Hart, and Wayne Borgen and Emily Fetsch. They would reign throughout the week and make their appearance at the Homecoming game on Friday, the 23rd, against Park River-Fordville/Lankin.
The second district volleyball win came quite easily at St. John on September 15. Still playing with an altered lineup, the Cards had McKenzie Hart as libero, with an injured ankle. Brenna Downs returned from her absence to the setter position, replacing Madi Hart, the seventh grade outside hitter, who had been playing the setter position. With an almost complete lineup, the Cards won the match, 3-0. Set scores: 25-13, 25-19, 25-12. Team leaders were Abbey Braaten 14 kills, Braaten and Julie Dinius 2 blocks each, Braaten – 6 service aces, Brenna Downs – 17 assists, McKenzie Hart 21 digs, Dinius 12 digs, and Braaten 10 digs.
On Tuesday, September 20, the Lady Cards defeated the North Border Eagles in Langdon, 3-0, with set scores of 25-12, 25-22, 25-18. The Cardinal lineup had the looks it had earlier in the season as McKenzie Hart returned as middle hitter, and Brenna Downs returned as the starter at setter. The large crowd made lots of noise, and the second set was a close one as the Eagles just wouldn’t give up. The Cards held off the rally after the score was 24-22. Team leaders in scoring were McKenzie Hart 17 kills, Abbey Braaten 10 kills, Hart 3 blocks, five different girls had two service aces each, Downs 34 assists, Hart 19 digs, Dinius 17 digs, Lyndee Johnson 14 digs, and Braaten 10 digs.
The Langdon Junior Varsity, coached by Tami Flink, took third place at the Adams-Edmore JV Tournament in Adams. Players were Brooke Darling, Brynn Crockett, Ashley Fetsch, Mariah Bata, Julia Kartes, Summer Koropatnicki, Madison Hetletved, and Jennifer Weekes.
The Cardinal Cross Country team performed in two meets since the last report. In Cavalier, the girls took first place; Kennedy Rude finished first, Hope Bodnar was fourth, Madison Gapp won fifth, Renae McGauvran was fourteenth, Carlye Veer finished 18th, and Ali Gellner was 21st. The boys took third place; Ryan Gapp took second, Matthew Gapp was third, Cameron Phillips was 14th, and Justin Cheatley was 18th.
They also ran in a meet in Cooperstown. The girls took fifth place: Kennedy Rude – 6th place, Hope Bodnar – 18th place, Madison Gapp – 20th, Renae McGauvran – 52nd place, Carlye Veer – 72nd place, and Ali Gellner – 80th place. The boys finished in eighth place: Matt Gapp – 29th place, Ryan Gapp – 30th place, Cameron Phillips – 48th place, and Justin Cheatley – 66th place.
The turnovers were too frequent for the Langdon-Munich football team in their Homecoming game. The Aggies from Park River-Fordville/Lankin defeated the Cards 40-0. The Aggies were a good team, but the Cards were missing their quarterback, Connor Braaten, and two linemen, Garth Fetsch and Warren Mack. Early turnovers led to a 33-0 halftime lead for the Aggies. One bright spot for the Cards was the 135 yards that Colter Pritchard gained on the ground in 25 carries.
The Lady Cards were taken to five sets until they were able to find victory at Benson County (Leeds) on Thursday, September 22. It was only the second time in the past three years that a Langdon team was involved in a full, five-set match. The set scores for the match were 26-24, 15-25, 25-27, 25-18, 15-11. This match was a “thriller” by all means. The top stats included McKenzie Hart 22 kills, Abbey Braaten 15 kills, Julie Dinius 14 kills; Dinius, Braaten, and Hart each had two blocks; Brenna Downs had 34 assists; Hart, Braaten, Dinius, Downs, Lyndee Johnson, and Rachel Kram were all in double figures in digs; and Braaten had 5 aces.
The Grafton Invitational tournament was the next challenge for the Langdon Cardinals. After playing through the tough victory at Benson County, the team had to get ready for tournament play. The team would come through as they downed Hatton-Northwood, 2-0, in the final. In pool play, the Cards defeated May-Port CG, Park River-Fordville/Lankin, Dakota Prairie, and St. John. When tournament play started, the Cards were matched against Stephen-Argyle, a strong Minnesota team. They downed the team from across the river, 2-0. Next they were paired with Rolla from District 8. They struggled to find the right system against the Bulldogs but came away with a 2-0 win. The championship match was against the Thunder from Hatton-Northwood. They handled the Region II team quite easily to win the title. The Cards’ record stood at 17-2 after the completion of the tourney.
On September 27, the Cardinals traveled to Rolla for a match that would decide the leadership in the District 8 standings. The Cards prevailed and came away with a 3-0 win with set scores of 25-16, 25-16, 25-21. Team leaders were McKenzie Hart 16 kills, Julie Dinius 12 kills, Julie Dinius 5 blocks, Brenna Downs 20 assists, Lyndee Johnson and Hart 3 aces, Dinius 18 digs, Downs 15 digs, Hart 13 digs, Braaten 12 digs, and Johnson 10 digs. This win pushed the Cardinal record to 3-0 in district play.
The Langdon boys and girls cross country team participated in meets at Four Winds and Larimore. In Larimore, the boys took 5th place: Ryan Gapp 1st, Justin Cheatley 21st. The girls were the runners-up: Kennedy Rude 2nd, Hope Bodnar 4th, Madison Gapp 5th, Renae McGauvran 15th, and Ali Gellner 24th. In the difficult course at Larimore, the boys took sixth place: Ryan Gapp 10th, Matthew Gapp 20th, Cameron Phillips 24th, and Justin Cheatley 40th. The girls took fourth place: Kennedy Rude 3rd, Hope Bodnar 18th, Madison Gapp 20th, Renae McGauvran 43rd, Carlye Veer 51st, and Ali Gellner 58th.
Another important match for the Cardinals was at Cando near the end of the volleyball season. The Bearcats had just been defeated by Midkota in a non-district match, and they had their sights set on beating the Cards and moving into first place. However, the Lady Cards came out swinging and downed the Bearcats, 3-0, with set scores of 25-18, 25-20, 25-16. The win pushed their District 8 record to 4-0, and they remained in the top spot. Team leaders were: McKenzie Hart 21 kills, Brenna Downs 31 assists, Hart 3 blocks, Abbey Braaten and Hart 4 service aces, and Hart and Lyndee Johnson 10 digs each.
Turnovers had been the curse of the Langdon Cardinals football team this fall, and the game against Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn was no different. The Cards dropped a 42-6 contest to the Sioux on Friday, September 30. The only touchdown scored by the Cards was on a 14-yard pass from Connor Braaten to Mitchell Wirth in the second quarter. Six turnovers really hurt the Cards. Their last game of the year would be at home against Midway-Minto on October 7.
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