The Week . . .

A very sad week. The Cardinal hockey community was shocked by the death of Verd Anez. Verd was an assistant coach for the girls’ team during the four years his daughter, Michelle, starred, including the state championship year of ’07-08. And for the members of the Alexandria Golf Club, we lost Don Carlson, a great guy who for many years oversaw, supervised, planned, coordinated, and babysat the Tuesday morning senior men’s league.  We’ll miss him.

[Michelle and Verd Anez, Parent’s Night, December 2007.]

[Don and Mary Ann Carlson, August 2010.]

The girls’ hockey team, all of whom played for Coach Anez, then had to go on the road twice during the week to play two big city schools – they lost 6-1 at Hopkins and 3-1 at St. Cloud. They have one more game – at Moorhead next Tuesday – before the sections begin. The boys’ hockey team was also on the road this week and picked up a nice win at St. Cloud Apollo, 4-3.

We missed the boys’ basketball game this week. A home victory, 61-42, over Brainerd that evened their overall record to 7-7. It was in competition with our usual Thursday entertainment at SAWA, and the supervisor was up for an evening with the Salty Dogs. Erik Schultz, Tom Mulder, and Bill Riggs were at the top of their game, and a lovely evening was had by all.

Last night was my lone venture into live sports coverage for the week. The Cardinal girls’ basketball team was hosting their fellow Cardinals from Willmar. Willmar had recently ended Sartell’s undefeated season, so we were expecting a tough match up. The game induced such anticipation that Walleye Willie (see video) made his first appearance at a game this year. I saw Bill arrive and sit courtside with Martin Haar; so I left my usual nosebleed seat and went down to join them – Dusty joined us by game time. We also noticed Super Fans, the Hoymes and the Halversons, had their usual seats above us.

[“Capturing” the staff photographer “capturing” me.]

It was a unique game. Unbelievably, Willmar did not make a basket until there were 5 minutes left in the 1st half – a two-point basket, that is. And they only had two such in the entire half, and six for the entire game. They did, however, make 6 of 7 threes in the half, and I think at one point were 9 for 11 in the game, until they had to start firing them up from all over later in the game. The reason for that again was the Cards athleticism was dominant – the game was in hand early on. Our Cards led 43-29 at the half and cruised to a 70-49 win.

[My attempt to catch Sam winning the opening tip.]

[Lauren and Cara at the line; post-game.]

Alli Haar returned to action after missing two games with an ankle sprain. We were concerned she might be coming back too soon, but she looked fine. It was great to have her defense, passing, and rebounding back on the floor. The Trumm sisters, with their incredible quickness, led in scoring again. Lauren had 24 and Sam had 18. Lauren had 18 in the first half, almost all on lay-ups by blowing by her defender or in transition. And when Sam gets the ball in the post, she just spins by her defender for lay-ups. The Cards’ bigs – Sam, Alli, and Whitney – dominated the boards for a 53-23 rebound advantage.

[Alli in her moral support role in the previous game.]

The team’s record is now 16-2. With 5 of their remaining 6 games at home, they should be able to wrap up a great season. Their last two games – at Fergus and hosting Sartell – will be “revenge” games.

The band, Walleye Willie, and 2nd half warm-ups:

Yesterday, while places such as Houston and Tucson were enduring temperatures in the teens, the ole car thermometer was registering 35 here in Alex. Puddles and slush everywhere – the joys of a mid-winter thaw(?). [Can the golf season be far behind? Dusty said he saw Warren Gibson yesterday, and Warren said he won’t be golfing this year because of Rose’s health.] Next week, the temperatures will be seasonally back in the teens below zero making driving much easier!

And finally, for fellow U of M alums, last week saw the last days of Harvard Market – a place noted for providing easy access for dorm rats to stock up on such nutritional food items as 6-packs of Cokes, chocolate eclaires, and large bags of chips!

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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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