Golden Gophers Coaches Caravan

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[It was Wednesday.  Temperature over 80.  Really?  A day of a thousand other things going on, but so it happens.  And here they come – to the Alexandria Golf Club.]

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[An avid Patchouli fan was there . . . apparently thought it was a music event.]

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[And here comes the Supervisor.]

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[Eats and soft drinks abound . . . well, unless you didn’t want soft drinks.]

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[I then joined the “movers and shakers” of the AGC on the topside deck.]

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[Emcee Mike Grimm and Goldy set the early pace.]

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[Baseball coach John Anderson, sitting just below us, is acknowledged.]

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[Athletic Director Norwood Teague leads off the program and introduces the coaches – here assistant football coach Tracy Claeys.]

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[Then wrestling coach J Robinson sitting at our table – well, the table I left to join the “movers and shakers.”  The Super was keeping an eye on things downstairs.]

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[Coach Claeys was filling in for “Ole Jer,” who was at a daughter’s wedding.  That’s an excused absence.]

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[John Anderson again, brother Cam’s favorite coach because baseball is his favorite sport.]

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[Mens’ golf coach John Carlson from Bagley . . . and a CPF of Tom Lehman.  Somehow, and shame on me, I missed a photo of women’s golf coach Michele Redman.]

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[Women’s swimming and diving coach Terry Ganley, whose teams have won four straight Big Ten titles.]

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[Women’s soccer coach Stefanie Golan.]

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[J Robinson again.]

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[Basketball coach Rick Pitino.  I guess I missed assistant hockey coach Mike Guentzel filling in for head coach Don Lucia, who was recruiting in Alaska.]

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[An old alum (both of Alex and the ‘U’), who just happened to be the first execute a 360 slam dunk in a sanctioned game (OK, I could touch the bottom of the net), won a ball signed by women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings.  Thanks coach, we hope to be down for a game or two this year.]

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[As the event was ending, the Super and I immediately repaired to the high school for a Community Education class taught by daughter Jami.  The section softball and track tournaments, which I’d hoped to attend, were ongoing.  Anyway, we locked up the school when we left.]

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[We were greeted by the Cardinalmobile on the way out . . . and sadly noticed a lot of the trees planted here last fall (and on Broadway, incidentally) don’t appear to have survived the winter.]

I know no more about women today than when I was in high school.  ~  David Letterman

Up next:  Bulgaria, some more.

Addendum:  We received the following photos of Goldy Gopher with some lady at the event.  Thanks to Shawn Ostendorf, of the local UMAA chapter board of directors, for taking the photos.  And in the background of the last Goldy picture, we see the new CEO of the beverage cart, Cardinal alum, class of 2014, Emily Kuennen.  We got a chance to visit; you may recall Emily’s exploits for the Cards in softball and volleyball.

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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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