A Little Music, A Little Volleyball

Previously lost in the windmills of my mind . . .

August 28

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[Finestra – Wally, Arlen, and Jay – at the winery.]

Later that day . . .

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[The Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins at the Maritime Gardens.]

September 15

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[Our Cards hosted the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles. I had my first tuitioned edition of senior college that afternoon, so just decided to go on to the high school.  The JV was playing when I got there, so a chance to feature the up and coming.  Numbers 7 and 10 are 8th-graders, Erika Roderick and Mya Lesnar, respectively.  Ms. Lesnar is Brock’s daughter, for you Gopher and wrestling fans.  And then Tori Jeseritz (2), sophomore, swooped in for the kill.]

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[A block by Mya, and the JV departs with a nice win.]

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[The varsity brain trusts meet at center court for pre-game instructions . . . and what to do in case of a Kim Kardashian sighting.]

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[Head coach Becky Schlichting, photo stolen from I believe the Voice of Alexandria.]

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[Assistant coach Jackie Peters directs warm-up drills.]

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[I always try to catch some good kill shots during warm-ups.  I failed miserably.]

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[The Cardinal Crazies momentarily interrupted by player introductions.]

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[Wensia Johnson mentors her younger sister, Tricia (1), sophomore on the JV team.]

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[Libero Maddi Moore (6), senior, readies to serve.  The team was flawless in that department in Game One.]

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[Junior Jordyn Lamb (12) hits over the Eagle blockade.]

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[Senior Kenna Goracke (2) servin’ ’em up.]

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[Junior Abby Pohlen (5) and senior Alexis Stern (8) wait for the fallout.  The best I could do with the cheerleaders all night was through the “butterfly net”?]

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[If we win, remember it’s Taco Tuesday Night!]

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[Soft shell or hard shell tacos?]

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[Yup, an NCer!]

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[First-year Activities Director Bob Brakke “shoots” the Crazies.]

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[If the first game is too easy, the second is tight.]

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[You know, I couldn’t pick Kim Kardashian out of a line-up of five guys.  Dinner after the game?]

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[Let’s close it out.  The Cub Reporter has had a long day and is anxious to get home.]

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[Is it in?]

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[Maybe Junior Syri Williams (3) looking to put one away.]

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[I just got a text from Taco John’s that they’re out of guacamole?]

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[Senior Gracie Schroeder (1) and Ms. Stern man the middle, the position last year manned by “The Twins.”]

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[The Crazies just said no guac!!]

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[The soccer team, fresh off a victory hosting Sartell, come in to see how things are going in the gym – McKenzie Abrahamson (7), Little Rev (20), Kendall Kohler (3), and Emma Ziegler (0).]

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[Game three, a little more routine, and a sweep.]

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[Tacos and a tub of Potato Oles for all!!]

Women aren’t embarrassed when they buy men’s pajamas, but a man buying a nightgown acts as though he were dealing with a dope peddler.  ~  Jimmy Cannon

Up next:  Grape Stomp?

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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