We have some reports . . .

OK, more about that later.  This past Saturday marked the end of the fall sports programs – and the beginning of the winter ones.  And almost as important as those, it marked the something-somethingth annual addition of Basketball Dan’s annual turkey and college football fest.  Attendees are long-time close personal friends of the host – though they are generally indifferent about Sid Hartman.  The list includes those who were teammates of the great one on a U of M intramural softball team in the 70’s named Lothario that allegedly won some awards, past and current fellow academics at St. Thomas University, one who is the father of a recent starting center for the De La Salle girls basketball team and because of that connection was at the Alex – Benilde 3rd place game last year prior to De La Salle beating Hill Murray for the state championship, several who continue to be Gopher season ticket holders (though the number of sports involved has trended to almost men’s hockey only), and some other people who just enjoy a big turkey dinner in early November.  This year’s menu (well, every year’s menu) included at turkey that weighed as much as a lot of us would like to lose, mashed potatoes (both white and sweet) and gravy, cranberries (stringy and unstringy), baked corn, two (or was it 3?) kinds of dressing, and 4 kinds of pie – oh, and generally a BYOB.  We enjoyed several bizarre Big Ten football games during the proceedings.

[Chris “mashes” the potatoes under Tom’s supervision.]

[Who scored?]

[Hans, the traditional turkey carver.]

[Suzanne begins the feed line.]

[“Oh, that had to be a touchdown!”]

[“The Gophers are still in it?”]

[“So Dan, as one St. Thomas professor to another, when are you going to start coming to some Tommy games?” (The last 3 photos are from Suzanne.)]

[Just any excuse to feature bread.]

The cross country team finished 7th at the state meet at St. Olaf on Satuday.  Jami Piepenburg, holding the trophy, finished 2nd by .7 second!  Megan and Bethany Hasz (2nd & 3rd from the right) finished 4th & 5th.  I asked their coach, Mark Nelsen, at the Y this morning if any team had ever placed 3 girls in the top 5?  Not likely, he thought.  The Hasz sisters, though only 8th-graders, already have a statewide rep and are known simply as “The Twins.”  Congratulations to all of them!

[Halloween morning over Lake Darling.]

[A few days after Halloween over Lake Darling.]

[OK, I just snuck this in.  Something to do with we haven’t had any snow yet!  Brother Cam, who’s 6’3″, on Mt. Rainier in 1984.]

So, now back to the beginning of the winter sports season – girls hockey.  As previously noted, I was otherwise engaged on Saturday and am relying on my stringers (some editing was done to protect the innocent):

Your timing was perfect!  Shanee’ brought the schedule home today!  The Alex girls play Litchfield from 10-11 in the main rink; Owatonna at 11:15-12:15 in the west rink; Holy Angels at 1:45-2:45 in the west rink; Detroit Lakes 3-4 in the main rink.  Hope to see you there!  ~ Marnee’

Thank you for the birthday giggles!  ~ Sue

We beat all of them! They really looked good. Holy Angels was not as good as I thought they would be. Funny thing in the Holy Angels game was when one of our girls shot on our goalie. Great cross country race.  ~ “Weakie”

The reports are it’s all good! 🙂 

     1.  The girls won all their games yesterday.  There’s a down side. . . . .the teams were weak.  Their toughest game was against Holy Angels.  I think that game was 2-1 but we scored their goal.  One of those embarrassing moments for a player.  She was wide open so she shot the puck.  Only problem it was at our unexpecting goalie.   Her Mom cheered and cheered until she realized what happened.  We all had a good laugh.  Hey things happen. 

     2.  The girls all seem to love the new coaching staff. 

     3.  There’re only 25 skaters and 3 goalies trying out.  I think that’s wonderful!   It means a total of 5 lines of forwards and 9 defense.  Everyone should get a lot of playing time which means they will only improve.  This year for the first time in ages they are having a U14 team so we only had one player that moved up to high school.  This again means these girls will get more ice time instead of coming to the high school team. 

     4.  The usual suspects looked good.

     5.  Our first game is home next Sat. against North Metro.  Hope to see the Super Fans there!

     6.  Bob were you there?  I couldn’t make the morning games but was there for the 2 afternoon games. ~ Stringer #2 (a/k/a Marnee’)

Holy Angels had a run a few years back.  They had a great coach who is now the coach at Concordia Moorhead.  Claire really likes him.  The good Holy Angels team had sisters of the boys’ teams that were really good. ~ Marnee’

Good for Alex! I’ve always liked your town. Thanks for sharing your reaction to my column.  ~ Lori (Lori Sturdevant)  [Yes, the Minneapolis StarTribune columnist whom I advised about Alex’s new high school.  😉  ]

[OK, again, nothing to do with the story.  Just marking the end of the fall season.  The Outer Banks of North Carolina, November 1983.]

p.s.  Well, as long as we’re talking about fishing – today was what we here in Vacationland USA call a “pretty day.”  Sunny, 30-ish, but with no wind.  For the 2nd day in a row, I noticed a guy out on beautiful Lake Darling fishing.  While not normally a topic of discussion, it is the 2nd week in November – I don’t think I’ve seen a boat on the lake for at least a month!  The supervisor and I decided to walk the neighborhood – something we don’t usually do in the heat and humidity and buginess of summer.  We dropped in on Jo and Arnie who will be heading to Florida soon.  We met the parents of the neighbors on the other side of Dangerous Dan.  They live on Lake Vermillion near Tower, Minnesota, which I know you’ll all recall from your reading, is the coldest town in the lower 48!

[Our walk – from the Ministry of Silly Walks.]

[For the uninitiated, this is how you store your dock and boat lift for the winter – so they don’t get crushed by lake ice.  No Zebra mussels (yet)!]

[A climb not for the faint of heart – or those in view of elderliness!]

[Dangerous Dan’s summer “party room.”]

[The supervisor’s place.]

[The supervisor planted the Gopher mums.]

[We planted this 3-clump birch when it was a pup.]

Reminder:  Girls hockey begins Saturday as we host North Metro.  North Metro is a conglomeration of about 7 schools drawing from a population base of 10 million!  See you at the RCC!

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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