Of Chili and Bison Burgers

Last night was the fundraiser for the girls’ hockey team at the Eagles’ Club. In keeping with tradition (a tradition that must be almost a decade long now), bison burgers and chili were delightfully served up by the JV’s (the varsity may have subbed later, but by then the Super Fans had moved up to the penthouse for adult beverages). Our arrival in the food line was mindful of a past fundraiser when Super Fan Annen had the audacity to ask the JV servers where the “stars” were – he was properly rebuffed by a probable 8th-grader who responded they were all stars and the equivalent of “No soup for you!”  [It should be noted that as part of their pre-season dry land training, the players are responsible for rounding up the bison, armed only with hockey sticks and, in the case of goalies, a little extra padding.]

With a fresh coating of white on a daily basis, we have decided the Christmas season is not over. As we were getting ready to leave, we captured fisher guys out front through another snowfall that was limiting visibility. And before we could leave, as always, we had to shovel the slab. The snow bank on the side of the driveway is now of such weight that our house has moved two feet closer to Dangerous Dan’s house!

So, here we are. Ruthie made a beeline to the silent auction tables. Then enjoyed her bison burger. Sara Illies, mom to varsity players Claire and Becca, “manned” the ticket table with youngest daughter, Kaia, who proved to be camera shy and exited stage left. We made it home on snow-covered roads where Ruthie displayed this year’s take.

People thought I was spoofing when I said we had to rent a U-Haul to get Ruthie’s haul home in 2008. Below is the photographic evidence.

We had planned to go the boys’ basketball game after the fundraiser, but we pooped out. The Cards were playing undefeated St. Cloud Apollo. We listened a bit to the game on the way home – the Eagles had a large lead at the half. And a good part of the reason was their front line at 6’9”, 6’7”, and 6’5” with another 6’5” guy off the bench – that’s college team size – the Cards’ tallest player is 6’4”. The Cards came back some in the 2nd-half but fell to the 1st-place Eagles, 74-58.

Big game tonight for the girl roundballers as they put their perfect record on the line hosting the once defeated Fergus Falls Otters.  In alumni news, Angela Christianson was the leading scorer for Drake, with 14 points, in their 68-64 win over Bradley.

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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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