Kohler’s 500th Win! (Boys win, too!)

It all began on a small town basketball court 29 years ago . . .

Saturday night the Cardinals hosted Bemidji in a girl/boy basketball doubleheader.  The girls’ game was particularly significant in that Coach Wendy Kohler was going for her 500th career victory.  So, I began the evening by being late, because . . . our morning meeting ran long, which meant we were late getting the winery for Anthony Miltich, which meant we were late leaving the winery.  Anyway, I always wanted to just video Kohler, particularly in tight games when she’s whistling and shouting instructions.  This game unfortunately (in that regard) was “over” by the time I got there a little before halftime . . .


A couple minutes at the start of the 2nd half:


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[We began, as all things must, with point guard Macy Hatlestad (11) bringing the ball up court.]

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[Then we have the Cards defensive pressure.  The night before the Cards had avenged their opening season loss by beating Detroit Lakes at their place, 54 – 41, with a superior defensive performance.  Though we were physically and emotionally spent from the Laker game, the Lumberjacks are in down year and didn’t offer much resistance.]

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[Macy careens out of bounds after a rebound.  Emma Ziegler (1) and Carly Dropik (33) keep the Lumberjacks at bay.]

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[Hoping to be the point guard for Kohler’s 800th win!  🙂   ]

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[Kendall Kohler (3) looked a little pooped.]

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[Kiyana Miller (21), sophomore guard, dribbles right . . .]

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[Then changes directions and goes left.  ‘U’ turns are legal in basketball, no signalling necessary.]

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[Despite a big early lead, Kohler was still into it!]

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[Is that a ref look?  😉  ]

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[And here comes Macy again.]

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[Carly is our defensive killer bee.]

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[What am I going to say after the game?]

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[Game over, but it’s just the halftime score.]

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[Known to have a family connection in the following game . . . ]

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[As you can see (well, maybe), a chance to play a lot of players.  In my excitement (?), I must have loosened the camera lens just enough to un-focus it.  I lost several of the following “500 victories photos” because of that – drat!]

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[Fortunately, I got the focus back here as Kohler addressed the assembled masses.]

Her speech, on loan from the Voice of Alexandria:

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[The celebration . . . well, you probably figured that out already.]

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[The “official” Cub Reporter, Lake Darling Blog, photos.]

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[Then the boys came out to play, Joe Gorghuber (5) on the tap.]

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[Ben Corson (13) and Kris Setterstrom (3), senior guards.  Kris had a particularly strong game offensively as he really pushed for his shot.]

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[While all appear headed downcourt, Corson heads up court in defiance of the majority traffic.]

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[Alec Wensman (55), see family connection photo.]

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[Setterstrom keeping on eye on the Lumberjack’s No. 3.]

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[And Tyler Owen (35) completes our “big guy” triumvirate at the line.]

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[This game was all but over at the half as well.  I was particularly impressed with the way the Cards distributed (i.e., shared) the ball.  Lots of terrific assists, particularly by Jaran Roste (31), sophomore “point forward”?]

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[Coach Kohler with Kendra Holm, emeritus team manager.]

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[Grant Toivonen (1) and Wensman on offense.]

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[Travis Krueger (25) from the corner.  Travis had a hot hand throughout the game.]

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[I do believe I caught a Wensman swat!  I think he must have had 5 or 6 blocks in the game, including two on one sequence.]

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[Setterstrom on the point.]

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[Choir Director Steve Dietz on the PA; Athletic Director Dave Hartmann on the social media device.]

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[Yeah, we’re happy!]

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[“The Competition”]

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[The win!]

The penalty for censoring what your children may be taught is children who are no brighter than you.  ~  Frank A. Clark

Up next:  An afternoon with Josie

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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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