A Great Start to a Season of High Expectation

. . . And Bethany and Megan Hasz finish 1 – 2 again at the state cross country meet!

mn hockey day

Alexandria junior McKenzie Revering (left) and senior Lauren Niska wear their University of Minnesota-Duluth gear on the ice at the Runestone Community Center on October 15. Both players recently gave verbal commitments to play their college hockey for the Bulldogs.

Alexandria junior McKenzie Revering (left) and senior Lauren Niska wear their University of Minnesota-Duluth gear on the ice at the Runestone Community Center on October 15. Both players recently gave verbal commitments to play their college hockey for the Bulldogs.

[And with these two leading the way, our Cardinals opened the 2015-16 season on Saturday against the North Metro Stars hoping to improve on last year’s state consolation championship (Echo photo).]

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[This is an experienced team, with even the frosh and sophomores already having varsity experience. But we did notice . . . well, it looks like the JV roster is from last year?  We know Onna O’Connor has decided to hang up her skates after a couple of knee surgeries, and there were a few players on both rosters who are not listed at all?  North Metro has been a regular team on our schedule for the last few years, composed of players from Fridley, Osseo, Park Center, but even a Star fan sitting in front of us couldn’t name what other schools are involved?  We have  schedule full of Class AA teams which should prepare us well for tournament time.]

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[Always nice to warm up for the varsity game with a nice win by the JV!]

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[As the “Super Fans” wandered in, we watched our defense warm up – Karina Carlsen (31), senior; Allison O’Kane (36), sophomore; and Kaitlin Leary (26), junior.  “Weakie” and Vivian made their first appearance at the RCC in two years, Professor Shaughnessy will make as many appearances as he can before he snowbirds to Arizona, and, of course, Roger was there to sing the Anthem.]

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[Co-captain Amy Jost (33), senior goalie]

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[Co-captain Lauren Niska (21), senior defense]

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[McKenzie Revering (29), junior defense; and opposing teams look out there and think, “Haven’t those three been playing together for about 10 years now?”]

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[Mari Wosepka (18), senior forward, and sings the Anthem in the absence of Roger.]

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[McKenna Ellingson (24), freshman forward]

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[Alexis Heckert (20), freshman forward; so with all this experience, still two freshman on the forward line.]

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[Hey, how ’bout the girls’ cross country team?]

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[Coaches Mark Niska, Blair Hovel (head coach), and Molly Arola]

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[DMac and Bob Cunniff man the KXRA radio both.]

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[Let’s . . . Play . . . Hockey!]

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[Early action in the Stars end . . . ]

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[Kim Kardashian?  Naw . . . ]

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[Ref says, “That’s a gooooaaaalllllll!”  First of the year, Mari, short-handed, from McKenna.]

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[Then returning the favor, McKenna scored from Mari.]

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[Alexis trying to interpret hand signals from the ref.]

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[Little Rev (a/k/a, McKenzie) scored unassisted to wrap up the first period.]

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[Period 1]

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[So, a goalie, a psychologist, and a orthopedic surgeon walk into a bar . . . ]

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[Alexis shadows (it was a sunny afternoon game).]

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[Now, where’d she go?]

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[Hanah Hansen (11), senior forward and last year’s leading scorer, on the left in civvies will be available for the 3rd game of the season.]

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[Karina on the offensive.  All our defenseman are offensively minded, so we do get caught by odd man rushes.  Considered a price worth paying with Amy in the net.]

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[A rarity of rarities.  Little Rev got a penalty shot.  We couldn’t tell what caused it – there was a big scrum in front of the Stars net when all of a sudden a Star player was jettisoned out of the pile like a jack-in-the-box.  We assumed it would be a penalty on the Cards?  But Rev got the shot and executed it perfectly – we were up 4 – 0.]

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[We’re in again . . . ]

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[And soon Sam Klimek (37), senior forward, is thanking Rev for an assist on her goal.]

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[Period 2]

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[The Stars scored early in the 3rd to close the score to 5 – 2 (the Stars had two senior forwards who were quite good).  That only riled the Cards who scored the final 4 goals of the game, and all I could do was capture all the aftermaths: McKenna from McKenzie and Kristin Trosvig (15), sophomore forward; Mari from McKenna and Alexis; Kristin from Lauren; and Lauren from Mari and Alexis.]

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[Game over.]

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cross country '15

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[Earlier in the day, the girls cross country team finished 9th (out of 16 teams) in the state meet at St. Olaf.  Bethany and Megan finished 1 – 2, the third year in a row in some combination they finished such (Echo photos).]

Various press reports (the first includes TV coverage):




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[Earlier in the week, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler expresses gratitude to a local alum for Bethany and Megan Hasz becoming future Gophers.]

We celebrated all the day’s wins a tad later that day at SAWA . . .

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[You will no doubt recognize Mr. Drinkwine as an original member of Harper’s Chord.  This was his first solo locally.]

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[Why yes it was a lovely Piluna Primitivo zinfandel with a delicious Jewett Benson landscape on the wall behind.]

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[Unfortunately, the video was out of focus in auto-focus mode?  But music is all about the audio anyway . . . right?]

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[The Super was really excited about this recent “present.”  🙂 ]


[We’re chasing their legacy!]


[The Class of ’65, forever noshing and imbibing, toast the Cardinals winter sports season (Bev Korkowski will admit to taking this photo).  Found this interesting from Bev, not a single classmate from Florida:  “We have classmates in the following states: TN-2, AZ-9, NY-2, WA-4, IN-3, OR-2, CA-4, OK-4, MI-1, CO-1, NC-1, KY-1, TX-6, NM-1, IL-1, MO-1, WI-7, AR-1, VA-1, KS-2, NE-2, and MT-2.  Of course, we have lots of Minnesota people….121! And of those, 61 claim Alexandria as their address.”]

Street hockey is great for kids. It’s energetic, competitive, and skillful. And best of all it keeps them off the street.  ~ Author Unknown

Up next:  Are we going to Hawaii yet?

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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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