Jake’s Take on Sports

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Posted 10/10/19

By Jake Kulland

What an interesting day it has been as we write this column on Oct. 10.  After reaching 74 degrees on Oct. 8, the door has been shut on our fall season, as we are in the midst of a winter storm.  As we are typing, about 4-5 inches of snow has fallen, and a blizzard warning has been announced for Oct. 11-12.  Some forecasters are saying we could get over two feet of snow by the time it’s all said and done, which seems a little extreme, but you never know.  With this winter stormy weather has brought a number of postponements.  The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals Homecoming game and Senior Night was supposed to be held on Oct. 11, and it has now been moved to either Oct. 14 or 15, all depending on how much snow comes down, and how long it will take to clear the field after it stops.  There were also looking at an earlier start time for the game when ever it gets made up.  Homecoming and Senior Night festivities will still go on whichever day it happens.

Also the Lady Cards Homecoming volleyball match with St. John has now been moved to Oct. 25, and the Langdon Invitiational Volleyball Tournament was also cancelled due to the bad weather.  That is a shame, because with teams coming from as far away as Shiloh Christian (Bismarck) and Richland (South of Fargo), it is pretty much impossible to find a makeup day for that to work, although I am sure they will try if necessary, and we just found out they are going to try and play it on Oct. 26.  It’s sad the weather is causing all of this rescheduling, but it doesn’t do any good to complain when we can’t do anything about it.

Ronningen goes over 2,000 career kills

Let’s get to some much happier news this week, by congratulating Langdon-Edmore-Munich senior middle hitter Callie Ronningen on reaching quite a milestone in girls volleyball.  At the Des Lacs-Burlington Invitational Tournament held on Oct. 4-5, Callie went over 2,000 kills for her career.  The two time all-stater was approaching 2,100 kills after a Lady Cards win over Rolla on Oct. 8.  That puts in the top 5 in Lady Cards history, up there with McKenzie and Madi Hart, and the Twin Towers, Justine and Brianna Stremick.  That’s some pretty good company, and just the the athlete that Callie is.  She is also getting close to 2,000 digs for her career as well, which is a big number for a front row player.  A special recognition will be held for Callie before the Cardinals match in Edmore versus New Rockford-Sheyenne on Oct. 22.  Way to go Cal!

Minnesota Twins season comes to an end

A magical year of Minnesota Twins baseball came to end on Oct. 7, when the they were swept by the hated New York Yankees.  The Twins had just some awful luck the whole series, and could not get any clutch hits, especially late in each game.  It’s crazy that the Twins have now lost 16 straight postseason games, and 13 of those losses came against the Yankees (The other three were against Oakland).  How unlucky were the Twins this time around?  Well, seven of the top eight hardest hit balls were smacked by Twins hitters, and six of those were outs, meaning they were hit right at a Yankees fielder.  On top of that, every Twins fan was very jittery about the pitching going into the postseason, and they were right to be.  It’s not that several Minnesota pitchers didn’t have great seasons, they sure did, but outside of Jose Berrios most of them don’t look like postseason caliber guys.  There is lots of good news for the future though.  The Twins had the second most wins in franchise history in 101, and of course set the major league record for team home runs with 307.  Anytime we are talking Minnesota Twins baseball in October is always a good thing, and hopefully more good times are coming beginning next season.

Be storm safe, and “See ya!” next week!

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