[From the Trumm files, the seniors:  Back, l-r – Alli Haar, Joie Warnes, Lauren Johnson; front, l-r: Brianna Ebert, Sam Trumm, Mo Eigen]

Column III, or physical dominance by the Cardinal girl basketballers. After the deer photos, it was off to the JHS gymnasium. It was senior night, the last game of the regular season, a game between two teams with 20-3 records – the Cards v. the Sartell Sabres. [Aside: The Cards apparently took a lot of Fergus in their previous game – the Otters subsequently lost to Hawley and last night beat St. Cloud Tech by one point on a shot at the last second.] Sartell won the first game – at their place, in OT, when again the Cards were plagued by foul trouble and Lauren Trumm fouled out in the 2nd half. This time the Cards came out with a vengeance.

The senior night pre-game video:

Then they broke up too soon for a group photo:

More from the Trumm files:

I think the game was decided on the opening tap. Sartell has a 6’5” center – and she can play. Sam got the jump on her. The Cards just ate them up defensively the whole game. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it before. Sartell had 24 points with 3 ½ minutes left in the game – probably half of them on free throws. This is a 20-win team. The final score of 43-37 in no way indicates the difference between the teams – the Cards had an athletic edge at every position. Again, it seemed like a game the Cards should have had 80 points – but the basket continues to not be a friend when we shoot at it. The Cards dominated the boards against Fergus in the last game – the 1st time the tall Otters had been outrebounded all year. I haven’t seen the stats yet, but last night must have been similar to the Fergus game. I think Alli had 20 rebounds, and Sam was probably in double figures too. It was a night for our bigs. Lauren was in early foul trouble, as she was the first game against Sartell, and sat out a great deal. But we got good contributions from everybody on the defensive end. That’s where we have to win it from. The sections begin next Tuesday – we will be the 2nd seed and host a game. We are the best team in the section – now all we have to do is go out and prove it.

Video of the game’s beginning:

[Coach’s pre-game stop-and-chat.]

[Ruthie once danced with young Mr. Nelson, a highlight of her life!]

Big crowd last night – we sat with the McCoys and the Rileys. There was no room in our row when new Super Fan Al Grundei, fresh off his state hockey tournament appearance, arrived. We hope he was able to sit with Super Fans Hoymes and Halvorsons. After the game, we all were invited for root beer floats and cookies with the team.  We were joined there by basketball Super Fans Marlene Lorsung and Vivian Mattson.  The coaches toasted the players; the players toasted each other:

The team recognized in the school hallways:

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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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