Cavalier County Sports History

Fall 2011

Posted 5/16/19

By Dennis Throndset

The Langdon Area Junior Varsity volleyball team took third place in the Langdon Invitational JV volleyball tournament held at the Langdon High School on October 1.  The players were Brooke Darling, Summer Koropatnicki, Madison Hetletved, Ashley Fetsch, Julie Kartes, Brynn Crockett, Mariah Bata, Jennifer Weekes, and Madison Hart.  The team was coached by Tami Flink.

The Langdon-Munich Cardinals fell to the Harvey-Wells County Hornets, 56-6, on Friday, October 7 in Harvey.  The local team fought hard in the opening quarter and only trailed 6-0 after one period.  The Hornets, however, showed why they have been ranked #1 all year and rolled from that point on.  The Cards did scored a TD in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run by Trevor Roppel.  The Cards wrap up their season with a home game against Midway-Minto on October 14 in Langdon.

The Langdon Cardinals volleyball team took part in the Des Lacs-Burlington Laker Invitational on October 6-7.  The Cards finished third in what was a tournament with the best teams in the state in competition.  In the early pool play, Langdon was joined by Kenmare, Griggs County, Hazen, and Wyndmere-Lidgerwood.  The Lady Cards won all four of their matches in the pool play and advanced to the tournament portion of the tourney.  In the quarterfinals, they were matched against the Divide County Maroons.  The Cards won the hard-fought match, 2-0.  Next were the veteran Bluejays from Stanley.  After each team winning a set, the match went to the Bluejays who defeated the Cards, 15-11.  In the match for third place, the Cards were pitted against the Linton-HMB Lions.  It was a rematch of last year’s state title game.  The Cards dominated the match and won, 2-0.  In Saturday’s play, McKenzie Hart set the school record for career digs as she passed the record held by defensive standout Janae Klindt.  Hart had 1,895 digs at the end of play on Saturday.  Top tournament performers:  Kills – McKenzie Hart, 100; Assists – Brenna Downs, 150; Service Aces – Abbey Braaten, Brenna Downs, and Hart, 11 each; Digs – Hart, 74; Blocks – Julie Dinius, 11.

The Langdon-Munich Cardinals ended their season on a positive note as they defeated the Mustangs from Midway-Minto, 44-6, on Senior Night.  It was the Cards’ second win of the season, and they finished with a 2-6 won-loss record.  Scoring four times for the Cards was Trey Lovcik.  He had touchdown runs of 10-, 6-, 2-, and 8-yards.  In all, he rushed for 142 yards on 22 carries.  Trevor Roppel scored on a 47-yard run and passed for a 54-yard scored to Mitchell Wirth.  Roppel also scored on three conversion runs.  Wirth also added a conversion run to his statistics.

The Langdon Invitational volleyball tournament was held at Langdon Area High School on October 14.  The ten teams entered the tourney with play beginning with two pools.  Langdon went undefeated in their pool by defeating Valley-Edinburg, Grand Forks Red River JV, Larimore, and New Rockford-Sheyenne.  For the title, the Cards defeated Midkota in an exciting match which included many battles at the net.  In the tourney, McKenzie Hart went over the 2,000 kill mark for her career.  Tournament leaders were:  Kills – Hart, 69; Blocks – Julie Dinius, 8; Service Aces – Abbey Braaten, 17; Assists – Brenna Downs, 118; Digs – Dinius and Braaten, 50 each.

In their final home match of the season, the Langdon Cardinals defeated the Grafton Spoilers, 3-0, in volleyball on senior night. The set scores were 25-16, 25-16, 25-18.    The three seniors on the team were Rachel Kram, Julie Dinius, and McKenzie Hart.  Hart set another school record by passing the mark for career kills set by Briana Stremick.  Early in the contest, Hart produced the kill which bypassed Stremick’s 1,948 career kills.

Three runners on the Langdon cross country teams earned the honor of All-region at the regional meet in Cooperstown.  Kennedy Rude (8th place finish), Ryan Gapp (13th place finish in boys division), and Madison Gapp (14th place finish) were the honorees.  The girls team finished in 9th place out of 21 teams.  There were 125 runners.  Kennedy Rude – 8th; Madison Gapp – 14th; Renae McGauvran – 66th; Carlye Veer – 107th; and Ali Gellner – 114th.  In the boys division, the Cards finished 11th out of 19 teams.  There were 104 runners.  Ryan Gapp – 13th; Matthew Gapp – 22nd; and Justin Cheatley – 60th.  The teams were coached by Amy Freier.

In a summary of the statistics from the Langdon-Munich Cardinals football coaching staff, the following numbers were released.  The win-loss record for the team was 2-6.  The top three players with rushing yards were:  Colter Pritchard – 458 in 97 carries, Trevor Roppel – 420 yards in 77 carries, and Trey Lovcik – 309 yards in 56 carries;  Lovcik had seven TDs via the rush;  for passing yardage:  Connor Braaten completed 18 of 51 passes for 266 yards, Trevor Roppel completed 4 of 12 passes for 110 yards;  receiving:  Mitch Wirth had 8 receptions for 162 yards, Colter Pritchard had 69 yards in 5 receptions, and Trevor Roppel had 59 yards in 5 receptions;  and for returns for TD:  Pritchard returned one punt for a touchdown, and Trevor Roppel returned one kickoff for a score.

The Langdon Cardinals cross country teams returned from the North Dakota Class B State Meet with satisfaction.  Coach Amy Freier and her girls team had the following results:  Kennedy Rude finished 17th and that earned her a place on the All-State team; Madison Gapp – 30th; Hope Bodnar – 109th; Renae McGauvran – 110th; Carlye Veer – 169th; and Ali Gellner – 184th.  There were 35 teams, and the LHS girls placed 15th.  198 runners took part.  The boys team, also coached by Freier, finished 16th out of 36 teams.  There were 171 runners:  Ryan Gapp – 14th place and All-State recognition; Matthew Gapp – 40th; Justin Cheatley – 95th.

The North Star Bearcats, with Miranda Darling and Kaylee Anderson of Munich on their roster, ended their season with a victory over Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, 3-0.  Set scores 25-10,25-10,25-10.  The team then looked forward to the District 8 tournament which began on October 31.  Since the last note on the Bearcats, they picked up victories against Wilton-Wing, Rugby, Harvey/Wells County, Botno, St. John, Benson County, Adams-Edmore, and Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood.  They dropped matches to Midkota and Langdon.  In the Rolla Invitational Tourney, they defeated Rolla-Rock Lake and Turtle Mountain and lost to North Border in pool play.  In the tournament portion of the day, the Bearcats defeated St. John and then Harvey/Wells County for the title.

The Langdon Cardinals wrapped up their defense of the District 8 regular season title by downing the Rolette-Wolford Comets in Rolette, 3-0.  Set Scores – 25-21, 25-14, 28-26.  Top scorers – Kills – McKenzie Hart – 22, Julie Dinius – 15; Blocks – Dinius, Hart, and Rachel Kram – 2 each; Service Aces – Hart – 6; Digs – Hart 17, Lyndee Johnson 16; and Assists – Brenna Downs 32.

In their final match of the regular season, the Lady Cardinals defeated the Bottineau Stars, 3-2, in Bottineau.  Set scores – 19-25, 25-9, 25-20, 20-25, 15-10.  It was a hard-fought victory, but the fact that the match went to five sets would prepare the Cards for the grueling district competition and, hopefully, region play.  Team leaders – Kills – McKenzie Hart 26, Julie Dinius 15, Abbey Braaten 11; Blocks – Hart 3; Aces – Hart 4, Kram 3; Assists – Brenna Downs 34; and Digs – Downs 34, Hart 33, Braaten 23, Lyndee Johnson 21, Dinius 20.  McKenzie Hart surpassed the 2,000 dig mark for her career during the match.  The District 8 tournament is next on the horizon.  The Cards got a first-round bye as will the #2 team North Star.

In the opening round of the District 8 tournament held in Cando, Rolla/Rock Lake and St. John came out winners.  This set up the semifinals with the Woodchucks playing the Langdon Cards and the Bulldogs from Rolla playing the host team, the North Star Bearcats.  The Cards played solid volleyball in defeating the Woodchucks from St. John, 3-0.  Set scores – 25-13, 25-17, 25-15.  Team leaders – Kills – McKenzie Hart 16, Julie Dinius 10; Blocks – Hart 2; Service Aces -Dinius, Hart, Brenna Downs, Lyndee Johnson, and Rachel Kram – each had 2; Assists – Downs 28; Digs – Abbey Braaten 19, Dinius 16, Hart 16.  The Cardinals moved on to the title game against the North Star-Rolla/Rock Lake winner.

The North Star Bearcats faced the Rolls/Rock Lake Bulldogs in the other semifinal match.  North Star won the first two sets quite handily, 25-15, 25-16, but the Bulldogs found the game and won the third set, 25-19.  Their rally was short-lived though, and the Bearcats won the fourth and deciding set, 25-20.  Jessica Teubner and Sarah Hagler led the team in kills with 25 and 17, respectively.  The Bearcats would face the Cardinals in the District 8 ‘ship!

The Bearcats and the Cards only played each other one time in the regular season, and Langdon came away the victor.  The match was played in Langdon, and the sets were competitive although Langdon won 3-0.  In the title game of the district, Langdon struggled with their passing game in the first set, and the Bearcats won the set, 25-18.  The second set saw the Cards get into their system, and they tied the match up with a 25-16 second set victory.  The Cards had been getting early leads in the first two sets, but the Bearcats were ready for them in the third set.  The Cards, again, started fast and built up an early lead with Julie Dinius doing the serving.  Great passing continued in the set, and the Cards won it, 25-15.  The Bearcats were determined not to let the Cards get an early lead in the fourth set, and the teams played fairly even for the first 20 points.  North Star then had a run in which they got a 16-11 lead.  After a Langdon time out, a controversial call on a shot on the far sideline went the way of the Cats.  They kept the momentum and won the set, 25-17, forcing a fifth and deciding set.  The final set was all Cardinals as the team played great team volleyball.  They got an early lead at 8-2 and pushed it to 11-3, and the match was basically over.  Langdon finished their work with a 15-4 win.  The Cards would go to the Region IV tournament in Devils Lake as the #1 seed from District 8.  Cando, Rolla/Rock Lake, and St. John would be the second, third, and fourth seeds, respectively.  Langdon’s record after the District 8 tournament stood at 36-3.

The pairings for the Region IV volleyball tournament looked like this:  Carrington vs. St. John, North Star vs. New Rockford-Sheyenne, Langdon vs. Benson County, and Midkota vs. Rolla/Rock Lake.

“Footloose” was showing at the Roxy in Langdon during this time in 2011.  It starred Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The top pop song in the USA during November of 2011 was “We Found Love” by Rhianna with Calvin Harris.

The top country song in the land was “Crazy Girl” by the Eli Young Band.

Just a note that the Cavalier County Sports History will take a brief vacation for the summer and reappear in the issues of the Cavalier County Republican in the late summer.

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