There are really only two plays: ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and put the darn ball in the basket. ~Abe Lemons

Mom loved basketball so much she even watched Timberwolves games (Dad hated basketball; called it “Thumpa, thumpa!”). Today is Mom’s birthday – she would have been 88. Maybe it was a subconscious inspiration.

I went to the gym this morning and began by shooting free throws, as I usually do. Was feeling it – had runs of 12, 13, and 17 in a row before I went up to the 2nd floor for my real exercising: walking, biking, stretching, and lifting. After working up a droplet of sweat, I decided I was done for the day and got ready to leave. I walked by the gym and thought – I’m hot today, let’s go see if I can get a big run.

I made 4 in a row, then missed, then I started making them again – 10 in a row, 15, 20, 25 . . . automatic, nothing even close to a miss – 30, 35, 36. Then I had a thought – NEVER THINK – I could get into the 50’s, this is so easy. That made me nervous, and I yipped attempt number 37 a tad left and it lipped out. A new world-record for someone whose previously claim to blog fame was fine dining.

I may never shoot another free throw. It seems unlikely I will ever approach that number again. I don’t have any recollections of ever getting into the 30’s even during my jock-filled youth. But it was fun while it lasted – and I hope an inspiration for our boys and girls basketball teams this week!  🙂

Kohler’s take on the Sartell game, from the Cardinal Connection:
Section Semi Finals
Alexandria 53 Sartell 43
The Cardinals advance to the Section Championship game with a big win over the Sabres on Saturday afternoon. The Cards just couldn’t settle into their rhythm for most of the first half going into the half trailing 23-18. We came out in the second half and found ourselves down by 9 right away. After a quick timeout, the Cards were reminded of the adjustments we needed to make to be successful… and the energy, defense, transition game, and confidence came back like a Minnesota blizzard! The Cards cranked up the pressure in the full court, flexed our muscle on the boards and in the half court sets to proceed to pour in 35 second half points while holding the Sabres to 20. Balance was key again, as Sam Trumm pounded in 16 hard fought points, and Alli Haar and Lauren Trumm each hit double figures with 14. Haarsy continues to find a way to corral any rebound in the same time zone as her as she hauled in 15 boards, while Samboni gathered in 7. Cara Wood generated the Cardinal attack and shoveled out 6 assists and only 1 turnover against the Sabre pressure. The Cards only had 10 turnovers and forced 25 on the Sabres!! The Cards scored 28 points off Sartell turnovers. Sam Trumm had 7 huge steals as she denied the passes in the paint to the 6’5 Abby Whitney. What a great TEAM win for the Cards as we worked together to play Cardinal Basketball and advance to the Finals. The Cards up their season record to 23-3 and look to settle the score with the Fergus Falls Otters on Friday night, 6:00 at St. Johns University. Special thanks to the huge Alex crowd and the students in the band that helped push us to the finish line.

I saw Martha Williams at the gym this morning. She said Abby broke her arm in the last game of the season – she played the whole game, however, because she thought if it wasn’t broken, she would be considered a wuss. Girl hockey players are tough!

[I suspect Abby got this goal.]

[Good ole No. 3, all from the Bemidji State website.]

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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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