Cardinal Sports . . . Finally?

OK, we’ve been a tad distracted lately.  Between trips, company, classes, music, a school bond referendum, and trying to sell the heritage house, we haven’t made it to a lot of sports events this fall.  I’m sorry I didn’t make a single girls soccer game – fortunately, the staff photographer covered them all, and we will publish some of his work by later column.  I did make it to the Sartell volleyball game on the 11th. Little did I know until I got there, it was also senior night.  So I missed most of that, too.  The school’s going to pull my press pass.  Anyway, this was my first game with the “staff photographer camera” at an indoor event.  I will continue to work at it.

[Oh, stopped on the way to the game for the full moon over Lake Darling.]

[Is the Cub Reporter finally here?]

[Mrs. and Mr. Staff Photographer]

[Our hockey girls – Quinn Kragenbring and Shanee’ Herd.]

[Voice of the Cardinals]

[The choir, including some players, assemble for the anthem.]

[Sophomore Amanda Christianson with the 3.9 degree-of-difficulty jump serve.]

[Shanee’, the libero, serving.]

[Quinn serving.]

[Shanee’ and Quinn on defense.]

The Cards won game one – then they lost game two by the same score.  In both games, they blocked great – but their offense was hit and miss.  In the third game, the Cards lost their competitive edge.  And about that same time, I lost my will to spend anymore time on the gymnasium’s hard wooden bleachers.  It was just as well – the Cards totally bottomed out on game 4.  They have been a hard team to figure.  They were taller than Sartell – and seemed more athletic.  But they hit long stretches when they are totally err prone.

[The Sabres]

[I remember Haley Guetter from their basketball team.  A very good player.]

[Junior Allie Noetzelman]

[Amanda]

[Sophomore Emily Kuennen]

On the previous night, the staff photographer covered the Cardinals soccer win over Apollo.

In other events, congratulations to Lisa Grimes (Echo photo) for winning an LPGA section tournament in Louisiana.

In still other events, the cross country team was competing in the conference championships today.  The Cardinals probably had the Nos. 1, 2, and 3 ranked runners in the conference, and probably the section.  Coach Mark Nelsen said he has coached for 30 years – and the three fastest runners he has ever coached are on this team:  Senior Jamie Piepenberg, and 8th-grade twins, Megan and Bethany Hasz (Echo photos):

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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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