Boys Play Sports Too? Who Knew?

January 21

Our Cardinals were coming in on a mini-hot streak.  But the opponent was the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles, the defending section champ and undefeated in the conference so far this year.  This was the Cards chance for a statement win at home and for section ranking points . . .

[When I (the Super still battling a cold) arrived the first period of the JV game had just ended.  Our Cards were behind 4 -1 and were being outshot 15 – 1?  So, I thought, what the . . . .?  Then I learned that Apollo had basically played their varsity in the first period – because they don’t have enough players for a separate JV team.  This is a trend that seems to happening in a lot of places – so far our numbers for both boys and girls still remain good in Alex.  Therefore, as good as Apollo has been in boys hockey, next year they will combine with Tech to form one public school team in St. Cloud (Cathedral will still be separate).  Anyway, with fewer varsity players available for the Eagles in the 2nd period (only two periods were played), the Cards made a nice comeback and actually had a couple of really good chances to tie.]

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[My first shot of the varsity game – not bad.  Will go down as a favorite for the year!  🙂  ]

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[Nate Folsom (5), senior defense, trying fend off an Eagle.]

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[Mack Strong (16), junior forward, in on goal.]

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[And a multi-player pile up in the goal – no injuries were reported or tickets issued.]

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[Players still trying to unscramble as the goalie gathers his wits.]

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[Freshman forward Jack Westlund (10).]

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[Wade Smith (25), junior defense, tries to keep the puck in the zone.]

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[Jack Steffl (2), senior forward, in with Strong and Smith.]

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[Same guys, must have been having a good shift.]

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[Up until one minute left in the first period, it had been a great game.  Both teams were skating well, fast paced, each team with just three shots on goal.  And then the Cards blew all their gaskets.  A 5-minute major penalty, the Eagles scored before the period ended and carried over another 4 1/2 minutes of power play in the 2nd period.]

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[Cards of the future starred between periods.]

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[The Cards got another 5-minute major in the 2nd, plus a minor.  It seemed like we played the whole period short handed.]

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[We were down 4 – 0 after two periods and probably did pretty well to be that “close.” The Eagles had 3 power play goals.  The Cards were spent from all the penalty killing.  The game was over for me and several other fans who had seen enough of the Eagles on the power play.  The final was 4 – 0.]

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January 22

Our Card boys basketball team had also been playing well lately, winning 7 of our last 8.  But we were hosting the Rocori Spartans, a team that took us to the woodshed to the tune of 57 – 32 in their first meeting.

[We (the Super was better) arrived in time for the finish of the JV and 9th grade games.  We won both.  Yay.  But we had to wait for the games to end before they rolled out our usual West side bleachers.]

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[It was there we first noticed that girl basketball and hockey players (and maybe others?) we there to cheer on the Cards in their . . . jammies!  Cyndi Lauper was right!

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[The JV game was close, the Cards had to make free throws down the stretch – and we did, here freshman guard Cody Kutz (13).]

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[Nice win.]

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[Game over]

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[Crossed over to our usual seats – a large contingent of students beat us to our usual seats.]

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[Big enough game to a attract a band!]

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[Roundballer Kiyana Miller is spotted in some sort of rodent attire?]

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[Looks like a good crowd.]

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[A quick scan of all the school banners, placed in such a manner to intimidate the opposition.]

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[Team intros begin with Jaran Roste (1), junior guard . . .]

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[Then Matt Bloom (3), senior guard . . . ]

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[Then Spencer Hockert (15), junior forward . . . ]

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[Another quiet (shhh) 20-point game for him . . . ]

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[Brayden Amundson (23), senior forward . . . ]

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[Jeremiah Burnham (5), senior center.]

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[And a video for the start of the game . . . ]

[Halftime already, and no pix?  Little did we realize when the students moved in in front of us that they would stand the whole game.  As old people, who go to games like we’re going on a camping trip, we didn’t feel like moving all our equipment to the upper tiers. We watched between the shoulders.  Anyway, the Cards had a great half – an attacking offense and tough defense.]

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[Now to the game with serious “stuff” on the line . . . make a midcourt shot, win a pizza slice!  Up first, Cardinal center Kayla Feldhake, jammies and all!]

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[Then designated 3-point shooter Kara Thomson . . . both she and Kayla were close, off the glass, off the rim.]

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[Oh, oh, the starting guards are in line – Macy Hatlestad in the leopard print hoodie, and Kendall Kohler and the red and white stripes . . . ]

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[And then, from the far side, I believe that’s hockey goalie Amy Jost . . . ]

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[And then someone, whom I didn’t recognize, also in red and white stripes was the only shooter to make a shot  – likely a hockey player then?]

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[Then Macy . . . very close!]

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[Then Kendall, also a rim shot.}

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[Meanwhile, the 2nd half is about to begin . . . ]

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[Roste on D, but he also had a terrific offensive game as the leading scorer with 25.]

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[Jeremiah and Brayden join the pinch – we had a pretty good look around the students at our defensive end.]

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[Ooops, then someone got in the way.]

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[Alex Wensman (25), senior center,  and Jake Drew (33), junior forward, on D.  Drew was a big key in the JV game, but also gets a lot of PT with the varsity.]

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Jared Lind (11), senior guard.]

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[Meanwhile, Amy Jost takes over the student cheering section and takes them on a roller coaster ride!]

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[The game got a little tense at the end.  As often happens, the Cards played the 2nd half not to lose.  We lost our aggressiveness on offense and fell out of sync.  The shots stopped falling (I think we only made a couple of 3’s the whole game), and the Spartans, in catch up mode, starting shooting early in each possession and either making them or getting the offensive rebounds and scoring on their 2nd or 3rd attempts.  They closed to within one with about three minutes left, but the Cards scored six points in the next 30 seconds to hold on for the big win.  I believe we’re tied for 3rd in the conference now.]

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[We have Fergus at home next Thursday.  They’re in 1st place in the conference and beat us by 18 at their place.]

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January 19 Sunrise Over Beautiful Lake Darling

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We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.  ~  Jason Kidd

Up next:  I’m with Jason.

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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