Jake's Take on Sports

Jake Kulland

Miraculously making it through the fall postseason

As we come to you this week, we are just about ready to hit the road to go to the Fargodome to broadcast two state high school championship games from the 28th Annual Dakota Bowl. Langdon-Edmore-Munich has made it to the Dakota Bowl for the fourth straight year, and going for their third straight football championship. It's amazing to think that the four Cardinals senior starters -- Simon Romfo, Grant Romfo, Cooper Zimmer and Alex Cluchie along with Drew Simpson and first year Cardinals player Skyler Fincher are playing their final high school football game for the Cards. It hasn't quite hit me yet, but it's for sure a mixed emotion type of feeling, knowing that this is the last time we will see this guys excelling on the gridiron. We will have much more on this next week. Also Cavalier is in the title game on the 9 Man division, and we wish them the best of luck on winning their first state title since 2014. What a wild and crazy football season it has been, and made even more crazy that we actually made it to the end.

The volleyball season is still in the heat of regionals and the upcoming state tourney. The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals were in the semifinals of the Region 4 Tournament at press time, and were two wins away from another trip to a state tournament. If they win in the semis, the Lady Cards would play for the region title on Nov. 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Langdon High School gym. And if they get that done, the Cardinals would represent Region 4 at state, and get an opportunity to defend their state crown. As of now the Class A and B Volleyball Tournaments will be held at the Fargodome Nov. 19-21. Let's hope it stays that way.

Girls Basketball practice to begin Nov. 16

On the heels of fall sports comes the beginning of winter activities. We told you last week that wrestling practice is underway, and next up is girls basketball. The first practice for that sport is Nov. 16, and things should go the way fall sports finished, with limited fans in attendance, and most likely not concessions, at least to start. Area athletic directors and superintendents were meeting to discuss how games would be played, and if schedules would be pared down to just district or regional games.

The winter sports including basketball, wrestling and hockey have lots of close contact, so everyone is going to try and be as careful as they can, to make sure the seasons can go on as planned. Some schools are also currently in distance learning, so that will have to taken into account as well. Here's hoping all winter activities can happen through the colder months ahead.

Langdon-Edmore-Munich, the defending state champs, are picked sixth in the state in the Miss Hoopster Power Poll. Kindred is ranked first followed by Grafton. The Lady Cards are picked second in Region 4 behind Four Winds-Minnewaukan. Other area teams ranked in the top 40 are Midway-Minto at 11, Thompson 14, Dunseith 18, Benson County 20 and Cavalier 25th.

Highway 5 Pool League to suspend play until January

With the uptick of positive COVID-19 cases all over the area, the Highway 5 Pool League has decided to postpone games until January. We are told this may change if cases begin to go down, but that unfortunately doesn't look like that's going to be happening anytime soon. We will update you more on this in the coming weeks ahead.

"See ya!" next week!

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