A Blast from the Past II

[“Tommy” Obert and Lenore Crouse in 1957, prior to Title IX.]

[Super Fans in 2010, delighted to be enjoying the fruits of Title IX.]

From Bruce Olson [June 26, 2008] on his daughter:  Here is Ahna (Alex ’06 hockey alum) at the US NCAA  D-1 Finals. They (University of Wisconsin) won this race against Michigan State, Yale, Princeton and a couple of other no name’s…………………. [Ahna is closest face to camera]

[Danielle to her mom, September 10, 2008] Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard disk?

p.s. Attached is a picture from graffiti night…that’s Kat (DelZoppo, r.) and her roommate Mollie Carroll.

[September 12, 2008] Dear Danielle,

Just wanted to check in to see how you and Del are doing.  And to let you know that, as promised, we are doing are best to look out for the empty nest parents.  We had your folks over for pizza on Wednesday, along with a group of snowbird Superfans, to watch the state tournament games.  Everybody seemed to have a good time.  Tonight was the beginning of the Grape Stomp at the winery – your Dad was able to discover a couple of Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders there!

 All for now.  Say “hi” to Del.  You guys be good, study hard, and always listen to your mom and dad.

Love,  Ruthie & Tom

[October 14, 2008]  Cards end regular season as 7th-ranked team in the state . . .


and by beating St. Cloud Tech tonight – 25-18, -18, -14 – ended their
conference schedule with a 12-0 record, a 22-4 overall record, their 18th
conference title in the last 21 years (including 15 in a row).  Shown is
game point in game 2, served out by Sam Dale with Sam “The Stuffer” Trumm
getting a block midcourt halfway through the point.  The Cards will be the
No. 1 seed when the sectionals begin.  The still photo is by the cub reporter covering the Echo Press covering the game.

[October 23, 2008]  Can you find Ashley [Holmes]?

She’s has two assists in the Sioux’s first 4 games.  Unbelievably, I could not find statistics on the Mankato State website, so I don’t know how Abby is doing.  Gustavus’s schedule doesn’t state until Nov. 7, so nothing to report on Danielle and Del.  [Ashley, 3rd player from right, back row.]

[November 10, 2008]  The Cub Reporter – when news breaks, he’s always there to fix it!  Based on information from my source, Deep Doodoo, hiding somewhere within the bowels of Jefferson Senior High School, I can now report with total fear of contradiction that the hockey and basketball cheerleading squads, as well as the ever expanding danceline, have been announced for the approaching with caution season.  Photos are attached, but names have been excluded to protect those in the federal witness protection program.


[Basketball Cheerleaders]

[Hockey Cheerleaders]

[November 19, 2008]  While Ruthie was spending the day trying to determine who would be the next U.S. senator from the state of Minnesota (and looking “sophisticated, intelligent, sexy, and sharp” doing so, according to a fan, who may also double as her agent), the cub reporter spent his day trying to overcome his recently diagnosed lower-back arthritis by going to his chiropractor (who informed him he also has an arthritic neck and shoulders [we’re beginning to think major hallucinogenic drugs here]) and then on to the “man’s mall” to get a Stability Ball (appropriate tool for someone who is generally unstable, as witnessed by the ever growing length of this sentence) for therapeutic purposes.  Here he performs his magic on said ball, which he was required to inflate with a little plastic thingee that came in the box.  Said inflation took several hours, with multiple stops to pop nitroglycerin pills to ward off the frequent angina attacks that occurred as a result of the inflationary efforts.  The day was saved by the arrival of our framed poster of our girls state hockey championship.  I hope you noticed that at no time during this mental rambling was Sarah Palin ever mentioned.  Thank you . . . and goodnight.

[November 21, 2008]  Michelle Anez’s first goal and I called it!  The Cards were on a power play, so I said Michelle is going to score here.  You could feel it because she had had several good scoring chances prior to then.  Unfortunately, neither Annen nor I had our cameras rolling on Michelle’s 2nd goal – it was a jaw-dropping solo effort. She is the star of this team – a beautiful skater, with style and power – and will certainly play Division I hockey after she graduates.  I hope to capture a good example of her skating abilities in future games – plus I’m sure you enjoy my mumbling commentary in the background. Fans may recall Michelle scored the winning goal in both the state semi-final and championship games last year:


[November 21, 2008]  Beth Rindy’s goal – what are the odds that in spot shooting I was able to video 2 goals?  Beth is a junior defenseman, and here she scores on a nice slap shot.  Never mind the mumbling in the background – although Annen was proud to announce he had been videoing at the same time.  Did I mention it was real hockey weather? Below zero wind chills!


[November 24, 2008]  Another clip from the Detroit Lakes hockey game a little skating exhibition by Michelle Anez.  You can hear me saying “C’mon, Michelle” as she skates through mid ice, down the far side, and comes back out to take a backhand shot.  She is a joy to watch skate. Alexis Nielson got off a nice shot at the end, but she didn’t score.


More anon . . .

About tomobert63

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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