Runestone Classic Volleyball Invitational

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The 20th Annual . . .

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[Haven’t seen these guys for a while . . . like 3rd game of the year.  They’ve had a good year but probably not as good as they expected.  They were defending conference champs coming into the year and are now a mostly senior team.  I was a late arrival and play had already begun against Wadena-Deer Creek, who I believe were state champs in their class just two years ago.]

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[The double high fives is generally indicative of a point for us.  😉  ]

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[So, from left to right, we have Liz Schultz (1-senior), Amanda Haack (11-senior), Alexis Stern (8-junior), Kalley Bistodeau (2-senior), Morgan Melrose (4-junior), and Brooke Swanson (6-senior).]

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[And Katie Dolan (7-senior).]

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[Kalley (K2), Brooke, and Amanda]

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[Another point for the Cards.]

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[Rock, hammer, scissors?  I just noticed I did the first 7 photos in reverse chronological order . . . but no one would know that, so I’m not going to change it.]

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[In these all day tournaments, it’s best 2 out of 3 (rather than the usual match of 3 of 5).  The Cards dispatched the Wolverines by identical 25 – 19 scores.]

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[Next up was the Mounds View Mustangs, who required a two-photo pre-match team meeting!]

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[Yay for us!  Now including Jordyn Lamb (12-sophomore) and Gretchen Watkins (3-senior).]

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[Gretchen attempts the daring, no-look high five.]

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[K2 with a good fist pump.]

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[We did good!]

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[These are getting to be my favorite photos – the defensive formations.  Did they bring in a nickel back?]

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[Brooke and Amanda patrolling the net.]

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[Though Amanda is usually the setter, every once in a while that quick leftie hit over.]

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[K2 and Brooke attempt a block.]

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[Try that again!]

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[Looks like Brooke and Amanda got that one.]

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[Liz’s jump serve was consistent all day.  In fact, I thought she had a great all-around day.]

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[OK, hit ’em where they ain’t.]

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[Brooke, if I can hide behind you, they’ll never see me.]

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[OK, up on 3!]

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[Amanda’s jump serve . . . ]

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[Watch out for ye ole Statue of Liberty play!]

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[Stuff!!  Brooke had her fair share of them.]

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[Double team attempted stuff.]

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[Amanda tries the sneak in behind Liz trick.]

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[K2 signals the play . . . slider, low and away.]

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[Oh, oh, that one is outa here!]

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[Amanda waits for the helium leak.]

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[Another K2 fist pump.]

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[That was good!]

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[ . . . I’m thinking hot fudge with crushed black walnuts.]

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[Liz serving; don’t know the guy standing.]

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[Three up front lineman with one linebacker.]

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[K2 receives]

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[Amanda serving behind Liz; still don’t know the guys.]

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[Jordyn and Liz]

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[Katie; same guys]

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[Block or tap back?]

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[Gretchen serves while K2 momentarily zones out.]

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[We win!  Again two games to none.]

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[Good game, good game, nice game, good game, have a nice trip home, good game . . .  There was an hour break after the Wadena games, I lounged at Dunn Bros.  There was a two hour break after these games so I went home, watched the Gophers, did my nails, washed out a few dainties, the usual household duties . . .]

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[I came back in time for the Grand Rapids games to round out the round robin.  Before entering the gym, I had to play around with the large touch-screen in the hall where I called up the Class of ’65 yearbook.  😉  ]

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[Well. that was a trip down memory lane . . . though those passing in the hall stopped to offer condolences.]

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[Liz and Amanda, synchronized ballet, as battle begins against the Thunderhawks.]

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[Where’d it go?]

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[Just noticed I have a stretch here featuring Liz.  Well, all day long, if she got a clean hit, it wasn’t coming back.  I would have kept feeding her under she cried, “No mas!”]

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[People get ready . . . ]

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[Well, now we’re on the other side of the net.  We inexplicably lost game one after carrying a nice lead throughout – then we hit a stretch where the wheels come off for a while?]

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[Nice block here though by Liz and Jordyn.  Again we jumped out to a nice early lead.]

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[Liz and friend.]

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[And we let what looked like an easy win become a nail biter.  But it was then on to game 3.]

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[In or out?]

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[Jordyn goes for one.]

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[Liz and Morgan]

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[Looks like K2 just hit one.]

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[Hope that thing is sailing out?]

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[K2 again]

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[We again had a nice early lead . . . then hit that invincible wall.  The Thunderhawks came back to win game 3 and the match.]

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[Noonan’s Park on the way home.  The dummy swans don’t seem to be a deterrent to the Canada geese anymore.  😦  ]

Yesterday I saw a chicken crossing the road. I asked it why. It told me it was none of my business~ Steven Wright

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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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