A Team in Search Of . . .

a win, confidence, luck, continuity, consistency, any or all of the preceding.  The volleyball team went down to Willmar on Tuesday night, 3 games to 1, in a fashion similar to other recent losses.  Stretches of excellence are short lived and usually give way to longer stretches of sloppy play.  There is still time to jell – it appears the athletic ability is there  It’s just a matter of hitting a good groove . . . and keeping it there.  [Editor’s note:  The above photo really has nothing to do with the story.  Al Grundei submitted it as a really old photo of Alex (1907).  If you look closely, you can see the beginning of construction on Jefferson High School.]

[Our Cards only win.] 

[It was parents’ night.  It was also nice to see Mr. and Mrs. Staff Photographer at the game although their lone remaining high school progeny plays soccer in the fall.]

[Mr. and Mrs. Staff Photographer’s daughter in the spring tools of ignorance – she is visiting with Emily Kuenen, a 5’10” sophomore volleyballer, who has the abilities to be very good in both sports.  Photo pilfered from the Echo Press.]

[Our hockey players:  Shanee’ Herd above; Quinn Kragenbring below.]

[Beth, white skirt above, works at the golf club in summer, and otherwise teaches and assitant coaches volleyball; Linda, below, takes care of the golf club’s senior men’s league.]

[Well, I’ll try anything for a connection.  Speaking of which, while pilfering the Echo Press archives, I came across these last two photos from the state basketball tournament last winter – the Cards v. Hill-Murray.  You will notice in the first photo of Cara Wood trying to shoot over the Pioneers (?) 7’9″ center (with Alli Haar on the right), that I am in the stands to the immediate left of the ball with brother Cam from Mounds View (and there under duress though I believe he got into it) next to me in the white t-shirt.  The other photo features Joie Warnes and Sam Trumm.]


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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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