This was a tough one!

[It’s not often you’ll see a scoreboard like this one!  Blecchhhh!]

Our Cards came home from a tough 6-game road trip – winning the last three against Class AA competition.  It looked like we were on our way.  Last night we had a home game against a winless Brainerd-Little Falls team.  Seemed like a good opportunity to get a leg up in the conference.  But, ooops!  We dominated the game – like we should have – but the outcome is still determined by who scores the most goals.  We came up a little short in that department.  Shelby Iverson and Becca Illies scored the Cardinal goals.  But goal scoring has been an issue all year – our record is now 3-7, but we would be 8-2 if the outcome was determined by shots on goal.  It seemed like by the 3rd period we were getting a little frustrated by our inability to score.  All we can advise is to keep playing hard and good things are bound to happen.

[The scoreboard was bad after the 2nd period, too!]

We had planned on watching a little bit of the boys’ game immediately thereafter – it was one of those girl-boy doubleheader nights.  But the loss left a bitter taste in our mouths so we headed out immediately for our Thursday night date night at SAWA to remedy that.  Probably a good thing we did – the boys lost 8-0 to an obviously good Brainerd team – the Warriors are now 4-0 and have only given up two goals all season.

On the plus side, the girls’ basketball team traveled to Rocori and handled a winless Spartan team, 64-32.  It was the kind of game that allowed every player on the team to have some court time.  As I recall, LT again led the way with 21 points, Amanda had another good game with 17, and Whitney had her best game with 9 points and was named player of the game.

[Rachael Finley, senior center]

[Becca Illies, junior forward]

[Madi Houska, junior forward]

[Taylor Ellingson (24), sophomore defense; and Quinn Kragenbring (20), senior forward]

[Directly over Rachael’s head, Super Fans “Weakie” Annen and the supervisor.]

[Melissa Drown, sophomore forward]

[Shanee’ Herd (40), junior defense]

[The line of Becca, Shelby, and Kalley Kragenbring – really fun to watch.]

[Super Fan Dusty on the lower right.]

[Shelby makes a break for it.]

The hockey and basketball teams are both home on Tuesday – creates a conundrum attendence wise for the Super Fans.  The hockey team hosts an improved Willmar team; and the basketball team is hosting 3rd-ranked (class AA) Sauk Centre (whose star player is out with a knee injury, but will be playing Division 1 basketball for Iowa next year).

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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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