[Sam Trumm, Whitney Gesell, Joie Warnes, Lauren Trumm, and a totally-airborne Cara Wood celebrate the game’s final buzzer.]

Maudlin: Weak or mawkish sentiment. I believe the last time I was maudlin (though don’t quote me on that) was after the girls’ hockey team won the state title in 2008. I believe it is appropriate to be maudlin again.

It seems that winning the game that gets you into the state tournament is even more emotional than the state tournament games themselves. In this instance, the girls’ basketball team beat Fergus Falls, 46 – 40, on March 11 at St. Cloud State to win the section title. They had lost two freakishly close games to the Otters during the regular season. The staff photographer captured the aftermath in all its glory. The import of the win can best be explained by the fact that he took 428 photos of this game – about three times his normal output!

I apologize for not knowing the JVers who joined the varsity at tournament time. I will get to know them next year.  Cel-e-brate good times, come on! (Cool and the Gang):

[Joie, Lauren, and Cara –  girls can jump!]


[Coach Wendy Kohler, a/k/a Kohler, and Sam.]

[Kohler and Joie.]

[Kohler and Alli Haar.]

[Kohler and Lauren.]

[Kohler and Cara.]

[Kohler and Whitney.]

[Kohler and Brianna Ebert.]

[Kohler and Amanda Christianson.]

[Kohler and Katelyn Wold-Clough.]

[Kohler and Lauren Johnson.]

[Kohler and Brittany Ludwig.]

[Kohler and Emily Peck.]

[Kohler and Jessica Syvrud.]

Actually, I wouldn’t mind being maudlin again next year, too.

About tomobert63

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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