CARDINALS – 54, Cardinals – 23

Last Thursday, while the Super Fans were covering the last regular season game for the girls’ hockey team, the staff photographer, and his loyal road crew, were in Willmar covering the girls’ basketball game between the Cardinals.  The game was expected to be competitive – Willmar’s Cards gave us a tough game at home the first time.  But a competitive game never materialized.  After hitting an opening 3, Willmar only scored 6 more points the rest of the first half.  And then it sounded like the Alex Cards could have named the final score against the demoralized home team.

[“Hi, mutual Cards!”]

[“Really?  Kim Kardashian was in Willmar?”]

[Have you ever wondered what they say at these confabs?]

[“Did you get your Power Ball tickets?  $325 million!”]

[Kohler visits with the long-time Willmar coach, who is retiring at the end of the season.]

[All for one and one for all.]

[Cara is introduced.]

[ . . . then Whitney.]

[ . . . and Kalli.]

[“Yay for us!”]

[Was Amanda quick-jumped?]

[Kalli and Whitney]

[Dani says, “I see you, Mr. Photographer!”]

[Ms. Wood]

[Missy Schroeder, team manager]

[Assistant coach Kevin Engebretson]

[Kohler]

[LT, number 43, led Willmar at the half.]

[Whitney was going for a two-handed slam down . . .]

[Amanda really has fun playin’ ball!]

[Kalli – has been playing very well since mask removal.]

[The unknown Cardinal.  Is it Dani?]

[LT’s advice?  Run really fast.]

[Cara lines up a freebie.]

[Karly, playing the top 1 of the 1-3-1.]

[Amanda C on the line.]

[“Breathe in, breathe out.” – Kalli]

[Jaylen, learning the wily defensive ways of the veterans.]

[Rachel Peterson]

And Whitney was player-of-the-game:

[From the Echo]

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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