Carmen, Cara and Mo

A vaudeville team? A burlesque act? Sandwich names at the Carnegie Deli? Nope, an opera and the last two players-of-the-game. A busy weekend for the cub reporter ended with a performance of Bizet’s Carmen at JHS yesterday.

The performance, sponsored by Alexandria Public School’s Community Education, featured the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra, four soloists from The Minnesota Opera, the Jefferson High School Chamber Singers, the Jefferson High School Readers, and a cast of thousands from the middle and area elementary schools. Demand for tickets was such that street scalpers were asking thousands of dollars for front row seats.

So, before a packed house, the performers dazzled the audience with . . . opera! Not your usual winter’s fare in Alexandria, but a reminder of what can be. And maybe later in this decade we can enjoy such performances in the comfort of a new performing arts center. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!

The attraction for opera, of course, as noted by noted devotee’, Tony Randall, is that it is . . . well, the polite term would be risque’. And that Carmen, she was such a . . . well, the polite term would be flirt. 😉

Now for a complete change of direction. Since the staff photographer was so proficient in film development this weekend, we feature his specialty – get to know your Cardinals through his up close and personal player-of –the-game editions. From the St. Cloud Tech game, 5’9” junior point guard, Cara Wood. I was at the game and didn’t realize until I heard the re-cap that Cara had played the entire game. That alone made her worthy of the award. As I mentioned in the game report, both teams appeared exhausted at the end of the game. The Cards play a zone-trap defense; the Tigers played a full-court press defense the whole game. Cara had to dribble up court against pressure all night. With the injury absence of Alli Haar, and with Lauren Trumm in foul trouble, Cara had to play both at the back of the 1-3-1 zone (her usual position), where she has both defensive and rebounding responsibilities, or at the front of the zone (in Lauren’s absence) where the job is to harass the ball-handlers. She is the calming influence on a team that thrives on exuberance. [These photos also give Mr. Harris well-deserved face time!]

Mo Eigen, 5′ senior guard, player-of-the-game at Brainerd.  I would love to see Mo get more playing time, but it’s a numbers game.  The coach tries to get playing time for all the players, and in games such as this one, she is able to do so.

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” 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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