Family Honors Brother with Softball Tournament

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GERMAN VALLEY (WIFR) -- Local paramedics took quite a bit of heat last spring after taking more than 20 minutes to get to a Dakota home where a young man was having heart problems.

Joshua Langholf died that day, but his family has moved on from the incident and on Saturday, they took a swing at honoring the 24-year-old.

Softballs are pinging off aluminum at Mike Barthel Field in German Valley.

Jessica Munz watches on with her brother in mind.

"He was our rock," Munz said. "He was the glue that kept us together so he's greatly missed, but it's great coming out and doing things like this and thinking about him and honoring him that way."

This weekend's softball tournament is for Munz' brother Joshua Langholf. The 24-year-old passed away in April from heart problems.

Friends and family join together to play the sport that their friend enjoyed so much.

Langholf's friend Kurt Goeddeke organized the tournament and says the turnout is a reflection of who Joshua was.

"It just says Josh loved everybody and everybody loves Josh back," Goeddeke said. "To this day on, he's always going to be loved, missed and this is our way to honor him."

The 10 team tournament was put together to raise money for a scholarship fund in Joshua's name and Munz says this was the perfect way to honor her brother.

"He loved to play softball in the summers with our dad and then when our dad passed, he played with the guys on our team and it meant a lot to him to have their moral support," she said. "And to have that community rally around him and to be here today supporting him and to have all of these teams come out also, it just means the world to us."

The family says they have yet to decide which organization the donations for the scholarship fund will go to, but they say it will either be 4-H, FFA, the Kishwaukee horticulture program or Dakota athletics.

If you would like to donate to the Josh Langholf Scholarship Fund, you can visit the Facebook page called Butch's Tees.

Those softball games continue at 8 a.m. Sunday morning at Mike Barthel Field in German Valley.

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