True Grit

Pretty good movie, too! Last night our Cards boys’ basketball team hosted the Willmar Cardinals. Their Cardinals came in with only one conference loss, against undefeated St. Cloud Apollo, and were in 2nd place in the conference. After a four game winning streak, our Cards were only a half game behind Willmar.

For the first time since I can recall, Willmar did not have a tall team – in fact, this time our Cards had the height advantage (by a tad). So, I was wondering why Willmar had such a good record? The game began – and that last question was answered. Willmar was very quick and applied a blanketing full-court press throughout the whole game. Since our Cards are of a similar nature, it made for a very . . . well, exciting game. When Super Fan Don Nelson made his appearance early in the 2nd half (Gretchen was there the whole time), I told him we were witnessing a possible record-setting game for turnovers – by both teams. Plus, our Cards were hurting themselves by missing their bunnies.

[Otto and Luella Vendell have been going to boys basketball games for at least 60 years!]

Willmar held a 7-point lead after a very low scoring half. After an early run by our Cards, Willmar stretched their lead to 38-28 about half way through the 2nd half. Then something clicked – our Cards starting making shots, had some nice breakouts, and went on a 14-0 run to take a 4-point lead. Despite their two main big guys, Dylan Galligan and Dan Gorghuber, being in foul trouble most of the game (Gorghuber did foul out), the Cards went to a 1-3-1 zone trap (like the girls’ team – I can offer no higher praise), made their free throws down the stretch and are now on a five-game winning streak.

The Card boys’ hockey team ended a 3-game losing by winning 5-2 at Sauk Rapids last night. Tom Schmidt, a sophomore forward, was player of the game with 2 goals and an assist. As we go to press, the mainstream media has yet to report on the girl’s basketball game at Moorhead last night?

In the absence of info on the girls’ game in Moorhead, more photos of the Apollo game from the Trumm files:

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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