We Survived! (and a basketball game)

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6-12-10-3This was Saturday, December 29.  After that evening, I did not leave the house for a week.  Whatever it was (is, I still have a touch of it), I don’t ever recall being that sick.  This was the 2nd day of the girls’ basketball holiday tournament.  I missed the 1st day – the supervisor got sick first, and Friday night was the kids’ last night here before they went home to Indiana.  Missed in all this – the Cardinals lost the 1st night to Park Center, a Twin Cities suburban school that was preseason No. 3 in the state of the big schools with a D-1 recruit.  The Cards were within ONE point with only 7 minutes left in the game, but then they apparently left the court to get to the DQ before it closed!  😉  We missed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the supervisor’s birthday.  And then, this Friday (I really thought I was going to have a shot at making them) I missed the girls’ hockey game against Fergus (that hurt, but we won 3 – 0, our 1st game in two weeks) and the Salty Dogs at SAWA.  Our fingers are crossed it’s over – but when the supervisor got out and about, she learned this thing wiped out entire families in the area for a week!  Happy holidays, huh?

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[Earlier in the day last Saturday, the supervisor, who was now incapacitated, gave me permission to leave the house.  The kids had left that morning, and I was getting a little stir crazy – we mostly just vegged around the house when they were here because they were on vacation from work and school and that’s what they wanted to do.  But Uncle Willie’s Gut Bucket Blues Band was at the winery (the view out my window there) that afteroon and then I would proceed immediately to the basketball game.]

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[Uncle Willie’s: Terry Kennedy, Erik Schultz, and Al Leiffort]

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[And on the cask behind them, notice of Tucker’d Out appearing January 19.  A Fargo-Moorhead group that is usually in Alex for the Grape Stomp.  Try them, you’ll like them!  🙂 ]

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[Then it was on to the high school for the game.  We beat Robbinsdale Armstrong, another Twin Cities suburban school.]

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[Without peaking ahead, I’m going to guess this is a pass from Karly to Amanda C in the corner as Dani and Kalli set a double-screen on the baseline.]

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[Correctomundo!]

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[Kalli at the charity stripe – she got us going early.  We did better from the line than in recent games – I think, 16 – 24 – not great, but better.]

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[Amanda C leads the front of the D . . .]

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[Kalli and Emily line up diagonally behind her in the 1-3-1.]

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[Dani inbounding from underneath in our offensive end.  We’ve played Armstrong too many times in this tournament, and they’ve gotten wise to our “trick” plays.]

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[Amanda G sinks a free one.]

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[Amanda C makes the 1st one . . .]

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[And the 2nd.  She was 7 – 7 for the game, which she is capable of doing on a regular basis.  She scored a very efficient 26 points, all within the flow of the game, including several 3’s.  A bunch of Armstrong fans were sitting in our vicinity and during the whole 2nd half they kept admonishing, “Watch No. 5!”  Duh, d’ya think?  😉  I said at the beginning of the season that Amanda could average 20 points a game.]

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[An early time-out by Armstrong to stem the tide.  I should have had an inkling by the absence of any sort of fan support at the game that something was amiss in Alex – the flu!!]

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[Cards look for defensive block-out positions.]

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[Sarah on a break-out.  But the ref got in the way.  At the top, I’m sitting with Roger Johnson, a member of the Fat Boys Walking Club.  Roger is a retired teacher who coached every sport – and he still refs basketball games.  I asked him if refs aren’t trained to stay out of photographers’ sight lines.  He just rolled his eyes.  😉 ]

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[There’s Sarah – on a fly pattern.]

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[I can’t remember if she scored – but the Armstrong posse was after her!]

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[Always great to see the staff photographers in the crowd – means we have dual coverage.]

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[Sarah (OK, she must have been fouled)]

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[A closer-upper for Bud and Trish.]

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[Just remember, we started earlier tonight so we’ll have plenty of time to hit the DQ.]

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[Jess, have you heard what the Blizzard special is for tonight?]

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[If the supervisor was here, she probably would have treated!]

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[Dave, what’s a Blizzard?]

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[And they’re legal?]

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[Is that a Blizzard?]

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[I’m going to get a shot of it!]

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[Meanwhile, back at the basketball game, the Cards defend an inbound.]

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[And here’s the ever effervescent Ms. Betterman, doing what she does.]

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[A ref frames a rebound attempt.]

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[But it’s a non-contact sport.]

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[Kalli with Dani in rebound position.]

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[Kalli’s free throws scrape the overhead girders – but when they go through, they hardly wiggle the net.  😉 ]

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[Amanda C, so we know it was good.]

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[Karly . . .]

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[Dunno?]

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[Tired of Kohler’s ref-baiting, he sticks his finger in her eye!]

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[Karly again.]

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[Emily prepares for a rebound.]

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[Always a good sign to see Kalli at the line – means we’re getting the ball inside.]

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[Nap time.]

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[Karly . . . again?]

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[Val appears to be in her happy place.]

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[Ahhhhh, Blizzards!]

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[Betterman pressure . . .]

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[Part 2 . . .]

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[Part 3 . . .]

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[Part 4 . . .]

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[Part 5 . . .]

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[Part 6 . . .]

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[Ref!]

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[Fan!]

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[Through all the distractions, where’d Karly go?]

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[Oh, there she is.]

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[Armstrong coach can only watch as one of his better players escapes the trap.]

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[And she’s still going . . .]

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[The D never rests . . . until it’s Blizzard time.]

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[Jess, Amanda C, and Karly apply a triple-team.]

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[I’m thinking Jamoca almond fudge . . .]

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[And here’s why butterscotch goes better with pecans!]

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[It’s good!]

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[Where’s the cutter?]

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[Jess and Dani]

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[No. 3 was a player for them – I think she had 22 points.]

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[A favorite play from last year.  Dani (her head’s behind the ball) inbounds to Amanda C on the far baseline . . .]

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[Amanda fakes a handoff to Dani, who comes in to her outside, and whirls to the basket.  All last year that led to uncontested lay-ups as the defense would double-team the player faked to.  Teams this year, and especially No. 3, weren’t falling for it this time.  😦 ]

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[And we kinda end as we began . . . with Kalli at the foul line.]

And now for something completely different . . .

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[The view from the other side of the court!  The staff photographer was over there to provide balance.  And if you’ve been sick like me, you’ll appreciate the equilibrium.  😉  Looks like Baby Bruiser with the shot.]

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[What I most appreciate about the staff photographer is that he’s good at capturing the glitterati.  In this case, his daughters!  😉  (Oh, and of course that was his shot of Roger & me at the top.  Roger & me, a movie, right?]

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[Karly . . . swish!]

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[It’s my ball and you can’t have it!!]

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[Emily, Karly, and the blue garbage can.]

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[Karly leaps out of the frame.]

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[Hut 1, hut 2 . . .]

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[Did you hear Kim Kardashian may be pregnant?  No wonder we haven’t had any sightings this year!]

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[No problemo.]

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[We want another one, just like the other one . . .]

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[No, I don’t care for a cherry on top.]

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[I think that’s last year’s menu?]

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[Sarah tickles the twine.]

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[Amanda C appears to be on a mission despite being tracked by the redoubtable No. 3.]

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[Yup, there she goes – took it all the way to the hup.]

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[No. 3 appears to have avoided the dreaded “and one.”]

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[Hands up!]

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[She still hasn’t missed one.]

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[Amanda G protects her inside position.]

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[Karly “right through.”]

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[OK, you have to be familiar with Harry Belafonte’s Zombie Jamboree!  😉 ]

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[More Glitterati.  (The staff photographer apologized that his photo of the Wood family didn’t make it.)]

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[Coconut banana almondine with Heath clusters?]

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[Fries on the side?  Really?]

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[Now I know you guys burn lots of calories . . . but seriously, chocolate sauce on fries?]

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[Dani fights to hold off No. 11, also a pretty good player.]

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[How about considering a nice peach melba?]

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[Amanda C and the bottom of the well.]

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[Here comes the trap.]

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[Amanda C sets the table.]

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[Baby Bruiser]

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[Hate to do this to one of our own, but a good shot by Greg.]

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[Jess looks for an open teammate . . .]

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[And does a bounce pass right.]

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[And Kalli at the end.]

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[Wrapping it up with Jaylen.  🙂 ]

And wishing all a Happy New Year:

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[The supervisor made me find the 2nd oldest bottle in the inventory.]

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[Would use of the gift from the kids help fend off the flu?]

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[Despite not feeling well, the supervisor went out every day to care for her creatures.  The lady cardinal and the bunny on the ground (where else?) seemed to form a symbiotic relationship – more than once they were out there together.  Was she throwing seeds down?]

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[And despite feeling punky, she got dressed up on her birthday to pose with her CD from the kids.  🙂 ]

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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