The Last Volleyball Game Ever at JHS!

Oh, and we won, 3 – 0 over Detroit Lakes in the section semifinals.  [The final will be Friday in Fergus Falls v. Moorhead.]

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[Tuesday night, the team lines up for the last volleyball player introductions ever at the Jefferson High School gymnasium, a facility so old that this reporter played on it when he was the age of these players!  The floor has been replaced, and Dave Harris is a couple generations down the announcer tree from Ray Lang, but it is essentially the same place.  It was on this very floor (well, the original floor) I first discovered I needed glasses.  Because baseball season always began when snow was still on the ground, our initial practices took place in the gym, and I got hit by a ball in a place one does not like to get hit by a ball because I couldn’t see it.  Here everyone is looking to the far end of the court because of another alleged Kim Kardashian sighting.]

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[Sheree attempts oversight of the student section.]

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[DL came with fans . . . and a banner!]

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[The future leaders of our country . . .]

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[Kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it?  😉 ]

Before game commencement, Kohler (the girls’ basketball coach) walked by, noticed us, and stopped for a chat.  Ever the victim of my cub reporter instincts, I asked her to explain the current plethora of terrific girl athletes in our school system?  Without hesitation, she replied, “Coaching!”  That, of course, was the perfect answer.  Ha!  🙂  And now the video to start the game:

Player intros and game start:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm-9ai98enM

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[Gretchen leads off our still coverage; Sheree watches nervously from the background.]

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[Amanda H and probably Liz go up for a block.  As noted in the video, the Cards jumped off to a quick early lead.]

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[Chaos theory in practice.]

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[It’s like making 6 chess moves . . . simultaneously!  😉 ]

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[I’ll cover the vertical if you handle the diagonal?]

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[You cannot run a play without the preliminary high five.]

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[OK, is everybody finally in their correct place?]

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[The Amanda H jump serve . . .]

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[Amanda does this well, as does Amanda C.  But the team has had issues with serves in the last couple of games . . . it would be nice to get that straightened out as we move up the competition chain.]

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[OK, what just happened?]

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[What’s that, coach?]

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[The ball flies high as the Cards attempt a block.]

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[It must have flown high and long as there was cause for celebration!]

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[Coach’s play worked!]

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[Liz’s jump serve.  It hasn’t been quite as reliable since her finger dislocation, and having her ring finger and pinkie taped together has got to effect her feel for the ball.]

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[Get ready!]

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[Concentrate now . . .]

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[Now up!!]

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[My sources advised No. 12 for the Lakers has a Division 1 golf scholarship.  She and her partner, No. 3, had a height advantage on us and really gave us fits in the first two games.]

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[Wensia, and the crowd behind her, are hoping it goes out!]

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[After our big early lead, the Cards wandered into the Twilight Zone for a while, as young teams are wont to do.  They never get panicky, however . . . their fans get panicky, but they don’t.  So after the Lakers tied the game late, they just take an attitude of enough of this silliness, let’s end this thing!]

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[Known patrons of the arts . . .]

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[And they like sports, too.  😉 ]

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[The high “X” is a new one for me?]

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[This is the happiest team.  They’re even smiling through their rough patches.]

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[Emily, Kalley, and Liz are on the back line for this rotation.]

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[Let’s get a good return here!]

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[The front line readies . . .]

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[We did good!]

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[So let’s celebrate!]

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[Now get ready for the next point.]

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[Liz and Amanda H go up for a block.]

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[Then return back to the earth.]

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[One of my favorite shots.  Their No. 3, as I recall, is 6’1″ and was really tough for us to handle.  But here, Amanda H, all 5’5″ of her, goes up as a solo blocker . . .]

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[And stuffs it!  🙂 ]

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[And then it was interrupted by the bane of the sports photographer.  😉 ]

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[Sheree somehow manages all this without a whip and a chair . . .]

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[But they all have a good time together!]

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[One of those games where our serving didn’t allow us to get anything going.  It was a close game all way, and the Lakers actually had a one point lead at around 20.  But again, the Cards finished strong.]

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[No going to a 5th game tonight . . .]

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[So double hot fudge Blizzards are out!]

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[DL’s toast, let’s wrap this up . . .]

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[Hey, I just saw Kim Kardashian over there!]

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[Seriously, ask Sheree . . .]

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[She was by the blue garbage can!]

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[Yeah, good one, Kalley!  😉 ]

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[Hey, did you hear Jess Lourey has a new book coming out?]

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[Yeah, January Thaw, should be available by Christmas.  It’s the 9th of her murder-by-month mysteries that take place in Battle Lake.]

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[And that Mrs. Berns is a hoot!!]

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[And speaking of Jess Lourey, if we can’t have double hot fudge, I want a Nut Goodie Blizzard!]

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[I hear ya!]

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[“The Twins” played great.  Kalley was player-of-the-game.]

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[The fans are psyched.]

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[Just a reminder about the importance of potassium.]

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[No. 12 gives it a swat . . .]

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[But is out of control and goes under the net.]

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[Point for the Cardinals.]

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[Final team meeting . . .]

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[This game was never in doubt . . .]

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[As the Cardinals were firing on all cylinders.]

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[Amanda H and Liz go up.  The fans are zeroed in on the action.]

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[Where’d it go?]

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[Kalley’s got it.]

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[And then our expansive coverage of celebration with a singe shot, here including “The Voices,” the team, and the students . . .]

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[Then just the team and the students . . .]

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[Then just the team.]

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[That was fun.  Let’s do it again . . .]

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Then I videoed the end of the game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny_VncJmW7A

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[And we wrap it up with the cheerleaders.]

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[See y’all next year at Alexandria Area High School!]

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[Reportedly all will acknowledge acquaintance with the Super Fans.  😉 ]

EPSON MFP image

[Our Jami with PBS superstar, David Brancaccio (left).]

On to Fergus!

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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