Boys Win 2; Girls Lose 2 . . . Say Whaaaaa?

Alexandria – 65, Big Lake – 60  

December 22:  Regarding the headline, I don’t ever recall that happening before (basketball and hockey games on the same night)?

[I was there for the end of the JV game.  Quite exciting.  We have two freshman with No. 13 (?).  I believe this one is Trey Hoepner who made the game winning free throws.]

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[Brayden Amundson (23), 6’3″ senior, scored the first basket of the varsity game – a ‘3’ if you watched the video.  His grandparents are in the stands right over the top his his head in row 3.  I don’t recall him taking another shot?]

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[Spencer Hockert (15), 6′ junior; Jaran Roste (1), 6’2″ junior; and Brayden on defense.]

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[Alec Wensman (25), 6’7″ senior, on defense, and I believe our leading scorer in the game, many off pic and roll dunks from Roste.]

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[Jake Drew (33), 6’2″ junior, defensive pest.]

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[Wensman and Roste on defense.]

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[Matt Bloom (3), 6’1″ senior, with the ball in the corner.]

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[The newcomer to the scene is Jeremiah Burnham (5), 6’2″ senior.]

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[And at the free throw line.  Note to coaches . . . this guy needs to play more to shore up your rebounding.  😉   ]

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[We got off to a fast start with Wensman and held a big lead most of the half, but the Hornets closed a bit toward the end.]

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[Has been a Super Fan for . . . well, her entire life!]

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[Hockert has quietly been one of our leading scorers all year.]

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[Brayden’s proud grandparents . . . and I believe I see a recently retired activities director sitting in front of them!]

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[Gotta give the stripes a little ink every one in a while.]

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[Can you name the two Cardinal stars from the recent past?]    ]

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[This is still a hard team to figure.  We’re 7 -3, but have won big and lost big.  In this game we had a 20 point lead halfway through the 2nd half and then had to sweat out the finish.  The Hornets, though the smaller team, got way too many offensive rebounds which fueled their comeback.  And that’s why I’d like to see Burnham in there more to hit the boards.]

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[BTW, on the way to the game I drove by the old Legion parking lot on Broadway.  It’s now asphalt basketball courts and this year for the first time they’ve flooded it for ice skating.  Well, when I drove by it was . . . moving?  It was 33 degrees and the winds were howling.  No ice . . . water, and there were waves, on December 22!  (Echo Press photo)]

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[So, the Super and I were doing our pre-Christmas cleaning this afternoon when she ran across this bottle of cognac.  We brought it from D.C. 14 years ago – there was enough in it for two small snifters?  In a bold move, we decided to polish it off when we were done cleaning.  (She also found a bottle of Polish vodka with even less product in it – party?)]

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The one thing I’ve learned for sure in life is that one and one equals two.  I learned something else too, but I forgot what it was?  ~  Cub Reporter

Up next:  Hawaii . . . or Christmas?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” 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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