In the absence of coverage by the mainstream media, I will step into the breach and select Lauren Trumm as player-of-the-game. The Cardinals 68-51 victory over Detroit Lakes last night could largely be attributed to Lauren’s ability to totally discombobulate the Lakers very good guards. The video at the start of the game opens with Lauren kicking a 50-yard field goal, thus setting the defensive tone for the game, and with Alli, who had a pretty nifty game herself, scoring the Cards’ first 7 points:


The supervisor must be impressed – she overcame her “hot gym” concerns* to appear at her 2nd-consecutive game. In fact, we were there so early the bleachers had yet to be put in place because of ongoing JV games. So, I wandered the halls of ole JHS, visiting with the staff photographer and Val to discuss game strategy and to try to figure out how I could cover both the girls hockey game in Detroit Lakes (against Fergus) and the girls basketball game at Fergus tomorrow [now, today]. Roger “One-in-a-Row” Riley was also there as he thoroughly enjoys Lauren’s kicking exhibitions.

Note to basketball parents: Please send a report of the game (absent a Cardinal Connection on the weekend, we have no other source). We assume KXRA will be doing the hockey game because it is the section final.

Meanwhile, back to the game. Reflecting a total lack of concern, I had not researched the Lakers prior to the game. Had I done so, I may have had slight pause. DL has had very good girls’ basketball teams recently, including state tournament teams, and I hadn’t realized that they had beaten Fergus [more on them following] last week. It turned out they have a very good shooting team, with decent size and athletic ability. But with Lauren harassing their guards all night, and with the defense as a whole generally making life miserable for the Lakers, the only way we could tell is by their free-throw shooting. They got to the line a lot, because of our aggressiveness, and it seemed like they all always made both shots. More than half their points in the first half had to be from the line.

Lauren, No. 43, from the Trumm files:

Nevertheless, the Cards, as usual, with good ball movement and scoring off their defense, opened up a 20+ point lead mid-way through the 2nd half. So once again, everybody on the team got playing time. The game wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate. As I recall Lauren and Alli led the way with 18 and 15 points, respectively, without playing a whole lot in the 2nd half.

[Ho-hum, another win.]

Memorable moment:  Jess Syvrud is the sophomore point guard for the JV team; then she sits on the end of the bench for the varsity games.  Last night she was the last of probably 15 players to get into the game – and got to play the last couple of minutes.  She was fouled – and, obviously nervous, missed both shots.  She was fouled again as the game wound down – and made both shots!  The starters in the bench were leaping in delight for her.  When the game ended, Cara went out and picked Jess up in a big bear hug.

So, now the fun begins. We play at Fergus tonight and host Sartell next Thursday. The last two regular season games of the year.  Fergus is 15-1 (19-2 overall) in the conference; Alex is 14-2 (20-2 overall) in the conference; and Sartell is 13-2 (18-3 overall) in the conference. Our two losses are to those teams, both very close games. Alex is currently ranked 4th in the state in class 3A.

We leave for Detroit Lakes this afternoon. The supervisor will, no doubt, stock the car with blankets and enough food to last a week.  Our farthest adventure from Alex the last two months has been to Miltona.

[Not a Cardinal cheerleader.]

[* As it turns out, that wasn’t the supervisor’s only concern. Winter returned with a vengeance yesterday afternoon blown in on 40 mph winds. When we got home from the game last night, she “barricaded” the front door so it wouldn’t be blown in. I had to go out through the garage to get the paper this morning – the winds howled all night and the temperature again reflects the time of year.]

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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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1 Response to “LT”

  1. Bob says:

    Will listen to the game tonite.Keep those Otter fans under control.

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