Girls’ Basketball Senior Night

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[Thanks again, El!*  February is, after all, National Pasty Month, and they are terrific for warding off those arrow-through-the-head migraines!  (* The product was hand-delivered on Senior Night by fellow Cardinal Super Fan, a/k/a/, The Pasty King.)  😉 ]

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funnysign8As we know from the previous posting, the Cards beat Detroit Lakes on this night.  It was not an insignificant win.  The Lakers had a come-from-behind victory against us early in the year, and in their previous game had taken still undefeated and No.1-ranked Fergus Falls down to the wire.  They actually match-up well with Fergus with big bodies and 3-point shooting.  Of course, DL then went on to also lose to Class AA power, Staples-Motley (fortunately, there is a state-wide hue-and-cry to break up the Staples-Motley juggernaut!  😉  ).

The Cards won in our usual manner – with in-your-face, pestering, pants-on-fire, take-no-prisoners defense.  I suspect a rather substantial portion of Laker points were garnered from the free throw line – when they weren’t wearing a Cardinal inside their jerseys.  It’s true we struggle offensively ourselves, but we sure are fun to watch play defense!  The Cards finished the regular season with a win at Rocori on Thursday.  We finished 2nd in the Central Lakes Conference and received the No. 1-seed on the South subsection, securing an opening round home game this Tuesday at 7:00.  And not in just casual passing, the JV team finished the season with a 23 – 1 record, winning by an average score of 48 – 24.  I believe that bodes well for the future!  🙂

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[Looking out the bathroom window before leaving for the game.]

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[Helpful household hint for keeping that commode seat warm during Minnesota winters.]

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[Buzz Miller filled in admirably as PA announcer for the evening.]

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[Round up the seniors!]

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[Let the festivities begin!]

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[Karla, as delivered by . . . Ms. Balloonhead?]

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[Sam]

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[Eventually, they all leave the nest.]

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[Kalli]

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[Dani]

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[Accompanied by Karly.]

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[Jess]

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[Parting is such sweet sorrow.]

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[A little pre-game jumping up and down . . .]

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[And chanting something indecipherable.]

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[Ladies, check this out.  Basso profundo!]

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[So, we’re agreed – Zorbaz after the game?]

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[Pre-game milling around – catching complete strangers wandering into the line of fire.]

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[We carried the the JV to a 23 – 1!]

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[So next year we’ll be covered even more by the cub reporter!]

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[Amanda C and Sarah share a secret sorority handshake.]

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[ 😉 ]

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[Karly and Sarah – in lieu of a handshake?]

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[Jess and Sarah with a different perspective.]

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[Dani and Sarah with the ever popular fist bump.]

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[After low-fiving in previous games, Kalli and Sarah opt for the high-five.]

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[Amanda C rises to the occasion.]

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[Karly begins her evening of Mass Disruption.]

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[Dani joins the front court pressure . . .]

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[And a leap!]

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[A Laker under assault.]

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[Just a guess, but the ball is apparently somewhere above the rim.]

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[Kalli setting up a high post move?]

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[Still setting . . .]

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[Sarah]

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[Emily joins the Disruptor with back court pressure.  They’re both on the cross-country team so they can run all night.]

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[Kalli is the last line of defense.]

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[Though she eventually anticipates company.]

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[Karly spins to the current ball handler.]

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[Dani awaits the inbounds.]

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[Emily on the point.]

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[Dani and a Laker negotiate for the pumpkin.]

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[You put your right leg out and you shake it all about!]

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[Guessing a Kalli score.]

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[Here they come again!]

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[Scoring was coming with difficulty.]

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[Luella and her sister – have been coming to Cardinal games since before I arrived on the planet.  Talk about your Super Fans!]

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[I believe Zorbaz specializes in pizza?]

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[At least I think they do in DL?]

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[The ref confirmed the pizza rumor.]

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[Why does the gym get darker when we run in front of the light panel?]

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[No. 1 is about to panic!!]

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[And again?]

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[Karly has two Lakers in her sights.]

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[Karly and Sarah compare notes.]

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[Yeah, really, it’s pizza.]

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[As a Card shoots free throws, you get an idea of the relative size differences between the Lakers and our Cards.]

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[Kalli’s shot is . . . ?]

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[Macy, fresh off another JV win.]

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[Amanda C’s good!]

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[Just remember, pepperoni is not good right after a game!]

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[Amanda C may have missed this one, contrary to what the odds makers predicted?]

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[Jess displays a form that should be 100%!]

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[My last shot – fitting as Karly would have been my player-of-the-game.]

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[Three evenings later, i.e., last night, out the same bathroom window.  (Yes, older people do spend a lot of time in bathrooms.]

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[And soon I must prepare for leftovers, as this afternoon “Weakie” and I are off to see the Gopher (my alma mater) women’s hockey team play St. Cloud State (“Weakie’s” alma mater) – because we can’t get enough of women’s hockey!  😉  And if we hadn’t already had other plans for the evening, we could have stayed down there for the Card boys’ hockey team’s section game against top-seed Little Falls.]

p.s.  No, I did not stay up until the end of last night’s (this morning’s) girls’ hockey semi-final, eventually won in the 6th overtime, 4 – 3, by Minnetonka over Lakeville North.  The game lasted 4 hours until 1:00 am.  The game was reportedly the longest girls’ game in history, though I’m not sure they looked beyond the borders of the continental 48.  It even made ESPN news this morning.  I do not like the Skippers’ chances in the championship game tonight.

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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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