Cardinals – 54, Sauk Rapids-Rice – 37 (And Girls Hockey to State!)

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[We missed our first girls’ hockey section final ever.  In our non-youthfullness, we just hesitate to venture beyond the politically established boundaries of Alexandria, in winter, in the darkness of night.  Not that girls’ basketball is a bad alternative, mind you!  This Friday night game was turned over to many of the JV’s for most of the second half.  The Cards are now 16 – 4 overall, 11 – 1 in the conference.  Can they follow their sisters-in-skates to the ultimate destination?]

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[And after the game, the team met with their adoring fans, and the paparazzi (that would be me), to sign autographs.]

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Super Fan Roger Riley, he of the long “winning streak” for girls’ hockey, sang the National Anthem before the game – I believe his first time for girls’ basketball.  He received kudos all around.  I left the video running for the player introductions and the first couple of plays:

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Section 6A Champs

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[We interrupt this interlude to bring you breaking news!  The girls’ hockey team defeated Detroit Lakes, 3 – 1, in the section 6A final in Fergus Falls, and will go on to the state tournament for the 10th time in the last 12 years.  Yeah, we’re getting spoiled.  They’ll play at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul next Wednesday.  The Super has already made hotel reservations.  (Voice of Alexandria photo by Mark Ripley.)]

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[Mari Wosepka scored the Cardinals’ first goal, short-handed in the 2nd period (Voice of Alexandria photo by Mark Ripley).]

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[Team Captains Micaela Swenson and Nicole Bartels hoist the trophy (Voice of Alexandria photo by Mark Ripley).]

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Meanwhile, back at the basketball game . . .

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[You may recall the photo subject was featured in the last blog post as the potential point guard for Kohler’s 800th win.  During the JV game, Coaches Kohler and Hatlestad  came over and presented a Cardinal “game ball” to the granddaughter of Super Fan Classmate Ruth Helie Anderson (“Ruth, what’s her name again?”).  She’s now 13 months old and has been coming to the games since she was one month old.]

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[Wrapping up the JV game with Alayna Aanerud (3), sophomore guard, at the free throw line.]

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[All our JV teams are having monster years.]

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[Pre-game warm-up shoot-around and coffee-klatch.  I just wanted to see if I could use four hyphenated words in one sentence.]

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[The game . . . that actually started during the video.]

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[Not a game for the faint of heart as Brooke Heggie is surrounded by many of the Storm’s finest.]

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[Macy Hatlestad (11) brings it up . . . because that’s what point guard do.]

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[Brooke, a very good free shooter, did the bulk of our first half scoring.]

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[Cheyenne Hendrickson (55) had a terrific all-around game, rebounding and with assists, and Kiyana Miller (21) was her usual pest self on defense and is becoming more and more comfortable in the point guard roll when Macy needs a blow.]

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[OK, Carly Dropik (33) didn’t make these – but her job isn’t scoring, it’s defense and everything else.]

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[Kayla Feldhake (43), a sophomore forward, adds an inside presence with Heggie and Hendrickson.]

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[Yeah, you can’t nitpick this, but . . . we didn’t shoot that well.  In fact, Macy, with Brooke our leading scorer, didn’t score in the first half.  We started the 2nd half with a play designed specifically for her to get a lay-up and on the board, and it worked!  🙂  ]

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[The 2nd half tip-off.  OK, there is no such thing.  Kiyana readies to inbound the ball to Macy.]

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[OK, where’s the ball?]

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[Kendall Kohler (3) and Macy, backcourt mates since they were the age of . . . well, Ruth Anderson’s granddaughter!]

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[Macy, 2 for 2, though the second slightly grazed the rim on the way through.]

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[Kayla again.  Her GPS system was just slightly off as she got clear under the basket to receive passes . . . just too far under the basket a few times.  At least she got to the line.]

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[Kelby Olson-Rodel (13) at the line.  She and Kiyana can really motor on the wings.]

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[As the JV’s run out the clock, their teammates do the clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap on the sideline signally this game is over!]

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[We win!]

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[And the post-game autograph session – a good way to connect with future Cardinals.]

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[Kohler slipped me a copy of the photograph used for the autograph session.]

The next morning . . .

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[Happy Valentine’s Day and anniversary to the Supervisor!  🙂  ]

Don’t you guys ever practice?  –  Long-time Bowling Green hockey coach talking to a colleague basketball coach regarding hockey teams only needing one time-out per game while basketball teams have millions! (As recently related by a TV basketball analyst.)

Up next:  State tournament?

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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