Jake’s Take on Sports

Cardinals football ranked preseason #1 in North Dakota

Posted 8/22/19

By Jake Kulland

We begin this week with the very good news that the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals high school football team is ranked number one in a preseason poll released by the North Dakota Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.  The Cards, defending Class A 11 Man State Champions, got 10 out of possible 12 first place votes in the poll, which is the first ever done in the preseason for high school football by this media organization.  Oakes is rated second in the poll followed by Thompson, who received the other two first place nods.  Both the Tornadoes and the Tommies are moving up from the 9 Man ranks this season.  Velva is ranked fourth, followed by a tie for fifth the Minot Ryan and Bowman County.  Again, the Cardinals began their season Aug. 23 at home versus Northern Cass, and will hit the road to take on Rugby on Aug. 30.

In the preseason 9 Man poll, New Rockford-Sheyenne is ranked first, followed by Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, Ray-Powers Lake, Richland and Cavalier is ranked fifth.  Both NR-S Rockets and Tornadoes are the same Region 2 this year, as is St. John, who received votes but not quite enough to get into the top five.  If these preseason polls mean anything, it should be a heck of a year for high school football for our area.

Ramberg ranked fourth in first Cross Country Poll

Langdon-Edmore-Munich senior Elise Ramberg has been ranked fourth in the first North Dakota Class B Girls Cross Country Poll of the season.  Elise, who is a 2-time all-stater, is part of a Cardinals program that hopes to reach some big goals this year, as both the girls and boys teams return a lot of talented runners.  Neither team is ranked in the top five in the polls, but they hope to change that as the season goes along.  Also a shout out to Hunter Denault of Pembina County North, who was ranked fifth in the Class B Boys Individual Poll.

Langdon Country Club in Men’s League Playoffs

While Men’s and Women’s league golf is done for the regular season, the Tuesday Night Men’s League has reached the playoffs.  Eight teams from the early and late shifts are vying for the title once again this year, and unfortunately me and my partner Russ Stremick did not reach the postseason this season.  As the playoffs progress, we will let you know who is in the title match.  Men’s League secretary Randy Hill also tells us that the league points have been distributed (the yellow slips), and can be picked up at the clubhouse, then reinvested.  Tuesday Men’s Stag Nights will continue at the course for around the next month and a half, so there is lots of time for you to get out and enjoy to late season swings.

Fall Sports Preview in this issue

We will leave you this time around by reminding you to check out the Republican’s annual “Fall Sports Previes”, which features preview for all Cardinals fall sports teams, plus schedules and a visit with each coach.  A big thanks go out to the many sponsors that make this special section of the paper possible, and we hope you all enjoy it.

Happy Labor Day Weekend Aug. 30-Sept. 2, and “See ya!” next week!

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