Conference Champs (Another One!)

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[Friday night, the last game of the regular season.  The foe was poor St. Cloud Apollo, a team that did not win a game all year.  The outcome was really preordained.  (Apollo will represent our section in the boys’ state hockey tournament – we’ll cheer for the Eagles there.)  As the last game, it was also senior night . . .]

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[And there you have it.]

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[The JV game (the above two photos) was almost identical to the following varsity game. This was the last game of the season for the JV’s, who had a terrific year (2 or 3 losses?).]

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[The pre-game stop-and-chat.]

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[Ruth (the other Super Fan Ruth) with Aria, her point guard of the future granddaughter.]

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[The Carly Dropik (# 33) Fan Club; and the student section whose sign contents were scrupulously perused by the authorities before they could be displayed!   😉    ]

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[Meanwhile, back at warm-ups.]

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[Good luck to your hockey team.]

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[And back to warm-ups.]

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[Shereee Saxton, whose official title (I believe) is in-charge-of-a-lot-of-school-stuff, e.g., the Cardinal Connection, chaperones the student section while really keeping an eye on the old people to make sure we don’t get out of hand!]

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[The point guard-of-the-future is back with her scouting report.]

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[Kelby Olson-Roedel (13) leads the team back to the bench, lest they otherwise get lost.]

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[The seniors gather to be introduced . . . and be feted with their folks.]

S-S-S-EN, I-I-I-OR, S-E-N-I-O-R-S, SENIORS!

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[Anna Lee (23)]

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[Brooke Heggie (45)]

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[Group shot]

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[Carly Dropik (33)]

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[The coaching staff says good-bye to Kohler’s . . . 30th group of seniors?]

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[Cheyenne Hendrickson (55)]

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[Gretchen Revering (25)]

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[Emily Korkowski (Manager)]

high school game day

[On loan from somebody’s Facebook posting.]

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[And as captured by Ms. Saxton.]

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[ESPN high school gameday hosts.  I recognize Jaran Roste (middle), our football quarterback and a guard on the basketball team.]

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[The real refs were jolly good sports and posed for a photo with their white-caned impersonator.]

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[The five seniors started.  Since that was new to some, they weren’t sure in what order and to whom to share an introductory fist bump.]

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[Let’s get ready to ruummmmbbblllleeee!]

Video of the opening minutes:

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[After the opening video, we pick up play with the usual starters back on the court.]

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[Kendall Kohler (3) forechecking at the center line, recognizing I’m using a hockey analogy.]

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[Kendall now on the offense . . . I believe she avoided a charge here and drew a foul.]

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[Macy Hatlestad (11) feeds Cheyenne in the post.]

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[Kayla Feldhake (43) at the free throw line.  She has the daunting task of replacing both our 6-footers, Brooke and Cheyenne, next year!  😉   ]

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[Amazingly, one game after catching Macy in an on-court figure skating maneuver, Kiyana Miller (21) looks like she’s sliding into a take-off for a triple Lutz!]

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[Kendall eyeballing the pumpkin from a distance.]

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[Brooke on the foul line.  She pretty much had her way in this game as the Eagles didn’t have anyone who could defend her.]

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[Look!  Is that Oscar-winner J. K. Simmons?  He was at the AAAA in 2012.]

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[(Just checking to see if you were paying attention.)]

At the half, the Winter Drum Line:

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[And a shooting contest.  Can you find the ball?]

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[Brooke again . . . ]

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[All five Cardinals poised for a defensive assault.]

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[Kendall and Kiyana prepare for a special ‘K’ double-team.]

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[And did Kiyana get it?]

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[Guess not, but still on in-your-face defense.]

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[Cheyenne and Brooke go for a block, Macy prepares for a deflection.]

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[Fast break!!]

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[Macy for the lay-up.]

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[Brooke was leading scorer.]

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[Carly on top as the Cards go into their motion offense.]

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[Kelby displays what I believe are the teams’ best hops.  And though running styles may affect perception, she and Kiyana appear to be the teams’ greyhounds.]

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[Clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap as the JV players wrap up the victory.]

Whadya mean we only got a 2 seed?  ~  Cub Reporter

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Bonus end-of-season quote:  Doh!!!  ~  Homer Simpson

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Up next:  We host Sauk Rapids-Rice in the first round of the sections on Tuesday.

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[See you at the tournament!  (Photo on loan from a no-longer-remembered social media site – apologies.)]

p.s.  The very next night . . .

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[It’s really tough to beat an evening with The Cheese Bots, an SRO crowd, and a bottle of Don David malbec at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale!  🙂   ]

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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