Corona Virus shuts down all activities
Wow, what a difference a week makes. Last time we visited, it was the Championship Night for the Region 4 Boys Basketball Tournament, and all "seemed" to be well. Just seven days later as we write this column, schools are closed and activities have been shut down. The biggest event is the 2020 State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament in Bismarck, which was supposed to be held March 19-21. That has been what is called suspended, with hopes of playing sometime yet this school year, although the chances of that happening are very slim. This has been such a wild week, as things seem to change hourly. But it is always best to side with precaution, and that's why all of these steps are necessary. There is still a lot of skepticism out there of just how bad this virus will be, and how far it will spread. The couple of weeks will be key in that respect. But the possibility for school not to resume this year and with it all activities cancelled is a very real. Let's hope things either change or get better soon so that doesn't happen.
Jocelyn Dinius and Fallyn Freije has college careers come to end quickly
We all certainly feel for anyone involved in spring or winter activities that came to and end, and two come to mind in NDSU senior Jocelyn Dinius and Montana State senior Fallyn Freije. Dinius, a Langdon native was in her final year with Bison women's track with word came down from the NCAA that everything would be cancelled due to the virus. Jocelyn placed in both the pole vault and the 60 meter dash in the Summit League meet last year, and was hoping to end her career on a big note, but now that isn't going to happen. Freije, an Edmore native, was to play in the Big Sky Conference championship game on March 13, but that and the rest of the season was cancelled, right when she was a step away from perhaps appearing with her Bobcats team in the women's version of March Madness. Fallyn had a great season however, as she was named MVP in the Big Sky Conference. And again while it's sad to see their careers end so abruptly, we applaud on great senior seasons and wish them the best of luck in the future.
Cardinals boys basketball finishes season with an 18-6 record
As we said earlier the Region 4 Boys Basketball Tournament was held in Devils Lake March 9-12. The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals boys basketball had hoped to maybe get their first region title since 1996, but that did not happen as they ran into a buzz saw in the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Four Winds-Minnewuakan. The Indians shot an amazing 60 percent from the field in the victory. After that rough loss, the Cards still rallied to win their last game of the year in the third place game over Dunseith. That gave them a final record of 18-6, which is the best for a Cardinals program in well over a decade. So while their is some disappointment, the team still has a lot of positives to look back on. And congratulations to Cardinals junior Grant Romfo on being named to the All-Region 4 Team. A complete recap of the Cards games during the regional can be found in this weeks paper.
Dakota Spirit Arena closes for the season
We will leave you this week with news that the Corona Virus forced an early end to the hockey season at Dakota Spirit Arena. A squirt tournament was to be held the weekend of March 21, but has been cancelled and will not be made up. Also the annual Old Timers Hockey Tournament also has been cancelled, as has the annual banquet for the Hockey Boosters. Boosters president Dallas Witzel told us that individual teams would have their banquets or parties after the virus threat subsides. He said they didn't want to take any chances with anyone's health, so they will just fresh once again next winter.
Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! and "See ya!" next week!