Langdon Area/E/M wins NDHSAA Class B GBB Championship
March 7, 2020 10:15 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
GRAND FORKS – Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich completed an undefeated season on Saturday, March 7 at the 2020 NDHSAA Class B Girls Basketball State Tournament.
The Cardinals defeated Grafton 52-41 at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks in front of an announced crowd of 3,682 fans. The attendance of 3,682 fans for Saturday’s evening session is a new facility record for the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The previous record was the championship session of the 2019 NDHSAA Class B Girls Basketball State Tournament (3,387 fans).
Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich entered the tournament as the top-seeded team and won the co-op’s first state championship. Langdon won a state championship in 2005. The Cardinals finished the season with a 27-0 record.
Senior Callie Ronningen paced the Cardinals with 20 and seven rebounds in the title game to earn Tournament MVP honors. Sophomore Morgan Freije added 15 points and five rebounds for Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich. Senior guard Kaitlynn Scherr finished with 13 points to join Ronningen and Freije in double figures.
Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich head coach Rob Scherr earned his 400th career win on Saturday night.
Many of the Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich players also were regulars on the Cardinals’ volleyball team that won a Class B state championship in November.
The Spoilers were playing in their first state championship game since 2012. Grafton was led by freshman center Walker Demers, who finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Grafton ends the year at 23-4.
In other action on Saturday, Shiloh Christian defeated Hettinger/Scranton 51-49 in the seventh-place game, Rugby defeated LaMoure-Litchville/Marion 50-45 in the fifth-place game and Trenton defeated Central Cass 46-36 in the third-place game.
2020 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
(selected by the media covering the tournament)
Callie Ronningen, Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich
Morgan Freije, Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich
Carlee Sieben, Grafton
Walker Demers, Grafton
Brooke Blessum, Rugby
Jacie Hall, Shiloh Christian
Decontee Smith, Central Cass
Ellie Holen, LaMoure-Litchville/Marion
Samantha Oase, Hettinger/Scranton
Kaity Hove, Trenton
Tournament MVP: Callie Ronningen, Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich