Alexandria – 59, Sauk Rapids-Rice – 17

January 12, 2016

Full disclosure:  I had every intention on going to the boy/girl hockey doubleheader against Willmar on this evening but academia got in the way.  After senior college I made a mad dash to the RCC to discover the parking lot was overflowing, 30 minutes after the start of the boys’ game.  I decided this could be a bit of a hassle so hied back across town for the girls’ basketball game – I had no idea who the opposition was until arrival.  BTW, the boys won their game 11 – 0; the girls won 6 – 1 – I believe both were exorcising some demons.

[Camera test . . . one, two, three . . . prior to game start.]

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[The JV was in action and looking good . . . ]

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[Yup, that’s pretty good.]

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[As varsity warm-ups begin, Coach Kohler displays the finer points of the “all-court” game to her charges.  Daughter Kendall in the background pays close attention.]

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[Emma Schmidt’s folks – dad provided a “stand up” highlight.]

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[And we have player introductions, with Kara Thomson (23) as greeter.]

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[Emma Ziegler (1)]

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[Kendall Kohler (3)]

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[The Flash]

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[Macy Hatlestad (11)]

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[Emma Schmidt (25) (see ‘dad’ standing above)]

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[Kayla Feldhake (43)]

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[OK, let’s play basketball (first 5 minutes)!]

[Kendall making some free throws.  As a team, we only missed maybe a couple as we’re rounding into tournament form.]

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[It either went in or it didn’t?]

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[“The Whippets,” Kelby Olson-Rodel (13) and Kiyana Miller (21) prepare to press.]

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[Did Kelby get a piece of it?]

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[Kelby is the pest you don’t want to have guarding you in a pick up game – quick hands and feet and always going for the steal.]

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[Inbounds “D”]

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[Three wings across – Kiyana, Kelby, and Zig.]

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[Zig receives a pass while Kiyana sets a pic.]

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[Kelby made two.]

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[Schmidty (to differentiate the Emmas) on the defensive point.  This is a key position, and we amazingly have 5 players who have the length, quickness, and motor to excel at what I call the “LT” (for Lauren Trumm) position.  None of them have Lauren’s offensive skills (yet), then she was all-state, but Schmidty (5’10”), Zig (5’9″), Kelby (5’8″), Kiyana (5’8″), and Elise Stockmoe (41, 5’9″) can all make life difficult for the opposition at this position.]

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[At the half, pretty much as expected.  We knew the Storm would have trouble scoring against us.]

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[Zig waits for traffic crossing into the frontcourt.]

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[Courtney Gould (53) played a lot of solid minutes as a post player.  McKenzie Duwenhoegger was not suited for this game?]

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[Elise chases after the ball from her defensive point position as Macy closes from below.]

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[Elise on ‘D’ point – having a lot of depth at this position, they can play it like a shift in hockey.]

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[Courtney and Elise surround the post.]

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[Kiyana and Courtney go for the block.  The defensive point defenders (and Macy)  can also play the back line, as Kiyana is doing here.  They can get a rebound and immediately start speed dribbling upcourt.]

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[I shot a ball into the air, it fell to earth I know not where . . . ]

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[Kayla with a freebie.]

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[Harken back with me, if you will, to the halftime scoreboard.  The Storm had 13 points then.  This is with about 4 minutes left in the game, and they just scored their 14th point (trust me, something about digital cameras not always being able to capture scoreboard lights?).]

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[A free throw sequence with freshman Kaye Paschke (51) . . . swish!  Kaye has all the makings of the point defender of the future.]

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[And it’s over!]

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[Amazing . . . almost the same score as the JV game!]

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[OK, who lost their jacket?]

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These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.  ~  Charles Barkley

Up next:  Cardinal sports of some sort?


January 3  [Family going out for “rib night” at The Depot after an exhausting day of present opening on Sunday.]

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January 4 [Joining fellow offspring of the Greatest Generation for “Shun Li and the Poet,” the community ed foreign movie at Grand Arbor the next night!]

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January 8 [The Super made her acting debut as a juror last night at Lakes Area Radio Theatre’s double-feature! Both shows were hilarious!

“Mismatch & the Mac”: A man has sent the town into a tizzy with his murderous threats. If that isn’t enough the city leaders are all matched up with the wrong people. Will they be able to sort everything and everyone out before Mac the Meth Man takes them all out permanently?

“Trial”: Come be a part of the jury to decide if the sleep clinic is defrauding its patients or are they just snoring too loud to hear the question?]

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January 9  [“Hey, kids, 6 degrees below zero this morning! You know what that means, right? Yup, first SUN DOGS of the season!”]

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[Then we sent Grandson Tom back to Purdue. By spring, he will be a college graduate.]

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[Then that night at SAWA, when he reached the line ” . . . and put bread in my jar” from Piano Man, Paul Drinkwine was totally surprised when the patrons stormed the stage to his tip jar. He said that had never happened to him before. Of course, it was totally spontaneous (wink, wink, nod, nod). And the anniversary couple truly enjoyed their evening . . . ]

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January 10  [5:00 am, going out to get the Sunday paper. Temperature – minus 14; wind chill – minus 31. Makes one proud to be a Minnesotan! (Well, what else ya gonna post at 5:00 in the morning?)]

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[Thus endth Afterthoughts.]

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About tomobert63

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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2 Responses to Alexandria – 59, Sauk Rapids-Rice – 17

  1. Kelly Wosepka says:

    We missed you!

    Kelly Wosepka 320-815-4655 Sent from my iPhone


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