In an effort to ward off the angst of yet another washed out weekend, blog staff decided to wade into the archives – back to the early years of Superfandom. From 2008 on . . . the top photo, again, is of the seniors on the 2008 state championship hockey team – the inspiration for what ultimately became this blog.
[February 16, 2008] The supervisor with Boog Powell at Camden Yards in Baltimore – 1992. As I’m typing this, she is totally on her own watching the boys’ state hockey tournament. She must be becoming a real fan!
[February 18, 2008] The state champion hockey team doesn’t look quite as tough in Midwinter attire.
[Photo courtesy Monte Draper, Bemidji Pioneer: Alexandria’s Angela Christianson scored 54 points for the Cardinals in their opening round game of the Section 8AAAA playoffs, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 67-64, ending their season.]
[March 20, 2008] A little photo (from the Echo” about why everybody loves Abby Williams. Here she is – all-state hockey player, over 300 points in her career – a senior leading a bunch of 5th-graders in her role on the Cardinal Leadership Team. You can see why all the little girls look to her as a hockey mentor and want to play the sport – they’re all already as big as she is!
[March 25, 2008] Tonight was the annual hockey banquet, and the Super Fans were once again delighted to be invited. The hosts of this year’s event were Kyle and Deb Hvezda, parents of 8th-grade defenseman, Heather, at the building on their property known as “The Barn.” On our way in, we were intercepted by the cheerleading squad – and Doctor Colonel Professor Kiehne had the audacity tonight, after receiving my photo today of the first hole at the Alex Golf Club, to ask why we live in this god-forsaken place!
All-state, all-tournament, all-world goalie, Danielle “Roadblock” Justice, displays the cake with the names of the players for the state champion Cardinals. Oh, and did I mention all seven seniors are members of the National Honor Society (GPA’s above 3.5)?
[April 15, 2008] After much searching, checking with professional model agencies, we finally found a gal worthy to display the girls hockey state championship sweatshirt Unfortunately, we had no luck finding an appropriate guy.
[Sue Justice writing about her hammock-habitating daughter Danielle on April 17, 2008.] I think she wants MY job! Or is she dreaming of the perfect job….? This was taken today around 3:30 pm. It’s 56 degrees outside. Notice the completely frozen lake in the background.
[May 2, 2008] As coverer of Cardinal Girls Sports Beat, it is my honor to announce that freshman Rosey Erickson this week set a new school record for the long jump at 18’3″ – that is also the longest jump in the state this year! This is not a surprise. Rosey has been competing on the national level since she was a 7th-grader. I believe she is undefeated this year in the 200-meter dash, and she anchors the relay teams. Cardinal football fans may remember her brother Jason was the starting halfback on the last Cardinal team to reach the Final 4 in the Metrodome (2003?) and finished 2nd in the state in the 100 meter dash his senior year – Jason, I believe, is still a 400 meter runner for the “U.”
(* The photo of Rosey was pilfered from the Bluebird Today website and was taken in ’06. Hey, I can’t be everywhere!)
[May 3, 2008] After following Brittney, the oldest Bruzek daughter, through her career as a Cardinal sports star in hockey and softball; Gracie is the next in line. She is the point guard for the basketball team and the shortstop for the softball team. The photo was taken today behind the dugout- the Cards were hosting a four team tournament (results by separate e-mail) on a bright sunny day, but with wind chills probably in the 20’s. Nice serape, Bud!
May 26, 2008: On behalf of all the Super Fans, we’d just like to thank you again for the Memories Book – and, of course, the Cub Reporter plaque! Those were beautiful notes, and photos, from all of you in the Memories Book – and we were able to scan copies for all the Super Fans. Here is a photo of Ruthie proudly showing off the Memories Book to Mom Obert over Memorial Day weekend. And as an added bonus, we have included photos of rare solo performances at the RCC by Kristi Yamaguchi and Marian Gaborik – someday these photos could be worth thousands of . . . well, OK, a buck and a quarter.
Best wishes, Ruthie & Tom
p.s. The term “super seniors” in this context does not, of course, mean that you appear to be octogenarians!