Another Girls’ Basketball Win II

Putting the finishing touches on the Willmar game, we have contributions from the staff photographer.  Above are the six starters:  Dani, Cara, Whitney, Lauren, Amanda, and the ubiquitous blue garbage can.

[Amanda’s been jumping center at 5’9″ – nice hops, volleyball player.]

[“Are you sure that wasn’t Kim Kardashian?”]

[The supervisor is dressed for an evening fine entertainment.  Even the cub reporter is looking sartorially splendid in his fashionable Rick Santorum sweater vest.]

[Dani.  I tried to tie my shoe like that recently.  Remind me to show you my new bridgework.]



[LT, Cara, and Kalli]

[Amanda G and Whitney]

[The mask is a difficult adjustment.]

And we heard from our East coast stringers regarding women’s basketball:

January 9, 2012:  Tom —  Ellena Delle Donne of the University of Delaware is the nation’s leading women’s basketball scorer, averaging 29 points per game.   She’s a 6’5″ forward (what else?).  Out of Wilmington, she was recruited by Gene Auriemma for UConn, but lasted less than a week, sitting out her freshman year (she played volleyball instead) at home state school Delaware.  I saw her two years ago play against George Mason University (CAA Conference) and she was a tall tree standing under the basket.  Delaware (11-1/ranked 21/20) played George Mason Sunday, and Delle Donne, much more athletic, and shooting all kinds of shots — layups, under the basket shots, three-pointers — scored 40 of Delaware’s 66 points.  George Mason (7-6, unranked) kept itself in the game, with Taleia Moton, the nation’s ninth-ranked scorer, scoring 30 of GM’s 54 points.  Delaware, by the way, was barely beaten early in the season by Maryland.  Maryland, meanwhile, eked out a come-from-way (20 points)- behind one or two-point victory over Georgia Tech Friday and another come-from-behind overtime victory over University of North Carolina.  End of your Eastern basketball report.  ~ Betsy Greer

January 11, 2012: Here is my photo of Ellena taking the shot that broke the U of Del. all-time scoring record last Thursday.  My daughter played in a scrimmage against her 4 years ago in high school, and as a U of D guy myself who shares my daughter’s interest in hoops, we have been following Ellena ever since.  Can’t wait to see her in the NCAA tourney this year.  And note that she led Delaware to wins this year over Penn State and Wake Forest.

In one 20 min scrimmage half-court 5-on-5 the day my daughter played, Ellena scored 50, yes 50 points during the first 18 minutes of play, after which she was benched.  ~ Cousin Herb Conner

Just for fun, blog contributor Al Grundei submitted downtown Alex, 1977:

Finally, we got the local chapter of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association re-started last night.  But first, the supervisor and I went to the geezer matinee, a 2nd Wednesday of the month event, and were shocked that despite our first blast of cold, icy winter weather, the parking lot was overflowing with seniors.  Probably just came to polish up their winter walk gait.

[The ‘U’ – took this maybe 40 years ago.]


[Rachel Banham – the next Lindsay Whelan?]

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” 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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