The Fall Sports Season Has Begun!

August 25

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After an auspicious debut for Cardinal sports teams last night – a volleyball victory over Bemidji; and the boys and girls soccer teams garnered a win and a tie, respectively, against East Grand Forks – I hasten to add this bad news from the Echo Press:

The next 46 minutes gave the Cardinals (0-0-1) their first taste of true adversity of the fall, allowing the equalizing goal in the waning stretch of the first and suffering an apparent serious injury to a senior captain in McKenzie Revering late in the 1-1 match.

“She had a real nasty looking fall and it didn’t look good. You see players go down in a very awkward manner, whether it’s soccer, football, or whatever, and you just cringe,” head coach Tom Roos said on Revering. “That was a moment where you kind of cringed, so we’re hoping for the best.”

Rev is also, of course, the key player on the hockey team and has accepted a scholarship to play for UMD next year.  We wish her all the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

[For our purposes, the Class of ’65 was represented at the volleyball game.  It was Brad’s first ever indoor sporting event at AAHS.  While standing in line for tickets, girls’ basetball coach, Wendy Kohler, stopped by for a chat.  So, I had to get Brad’s picture with her daughter, Kendall.  Kendall is also on the soccer team, so Wendy was on her way over for that game.  Brad marveled at his ability, as a proven old person, to purchase tickets for 10 games at $20!]

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[Even I don’t know the height of our players?]

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[Sophomore McKenzie Duwenhoegger (11) warms up – last year’s somewhat timid freshmen has blossomed into a solid all-around player.]

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[Boom!]

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[While McKenzie pirouettes in the background, the mother of a previous Cardinal libero, who is now performing such as a senior at St. Kate’s, accidentally (?) enters the camera’s field of vision.]

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[Boom (again, as Marnee ducks in the foreground), by sophomore Mya Lesnar (10), yes, Brock’s daughter.]

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[Give me a head with hair; long, beautiful hair . . . sophomore Erika Roderick (7).]

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[Junior Emily Aker (8), boom (and also likely the first boom).]

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[It’s always nice to have a big hitting lefty – sophomore Kendra Hardy (13).]

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[It was also early season training for the cub reporter (third person ‘me’).  For convenience, Brad and I plopped down on the wrong side of the court.  We would have found it an inconvenience to subsequently move – so we didn’t.  It was a bad place from which to shoot photos, particularly during player introductions.  So I didn’t get them all. But here I did get the aforementioned Ms. Roderick (7), she of the “hair.”]

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[Ms. Aker (8) fires her goodies into the stands.]

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[Then Ms. Lesnar (10) . . . ]

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[Then senior Jordyn Lamb (1), who with senior Abbe Pohlen (5) were the leading returning scorers from last year, as the kid in the background was either signalling touchdown or I want candy.  Jordyn would go on to be our leading “killer” for the match.]

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[Senior Kayla Feldhake (12), who is our center in basketball and our setter (?) in volleyball.]

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[Ms. Duwenhoegger (11), exposing the Michael Jordan penchant for tongue sticky outy.]

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[Hi, hi, hi, hi, hi,hi . . . ]

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[Hi, hi, hi, hi, hi!]

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[And we’re off as a Lumberjack shot flies by the double block of McKenzie and junior Tori Jeseritz (2).]

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[McKenzie serves while the gray garbage can in the background ruins my feng shui.]

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[And now Ms. Pohlen (5).]

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[Abby signals allemande right and Kayla obliges.]

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[Kendra, Abby, and Kayla on the blocking line.]

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[Abby to serve . . . ]

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[The Cardinal red garbage can in the left background is much more feng shui-ey.]

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[And now McKenzie, Tori, and Jordyn . . . ]

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[Senior Syri Williams (3) is our libero and apologies for not giving her more coverage in this match.  Not only was she our leading server in this match (based on my impressions), but she was also a member of our state champion track team!]

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[We win game 1!]

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[Anatomy of the jump serve as demonstrated by junior Alana Rodas (6).]

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[This must be the hardest shot in this sport . . . ]

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[Most years only one or two players at most are even allowed to attempt this in games . . . ]

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[Alana put several in play, with a little heat on them, to begin with . . . ]

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[But later, probably as she tired, she missed a couple . . . ]

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[I recall her last service of the match was flat-footed to get it in play.]

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[Jordyn at one time in game 2 smoked three kills in a row.]

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[Tori and . . . friend (Jordyn?) attempt a block.]

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[Where’s it going?]

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[Tori and Jordyn]

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[Then Kayla and Tori go up to block.]

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[As the ball flies away behind them.]

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[Airborne ‘Jacks]

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[ I found a great new restaurant in Sebeka!]

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[The front line stare-down.]

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[And let’s see if Ms. Rodas can do that jump serve again.]

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[Not quite a tall as her teammates, she gives it pretty good thump from high altitude.]

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[Now that old guy in the stands is taking our picture again.  Just try to ignore him.]

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[So, do you know the flavor of the day at Culver’s?]

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[The Justice League of America!]

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[OMG, is this another Kim Kardashian sighting delay?   (BTW, does anyone know the anatomical basis for girls’ hands on hips thumbs forward, while for boys it’s thumbs behind?)]

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[The blockers go up . . . ]

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[The blockers come down . . . ]

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[The blockers cheer!]

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[That shot could be a tad high?]

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[All eyes on the ball . . . ]

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[The ‘Jacks No. 4 appears to have made a diving save.]

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[Ooops, was Abby double-stuffed?]

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[But the Cards win game four and the match 3 – 1.  We won game two, 25 – 6, and as so often happens after an easy win, lost game three, 23- 25.]

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[Good game, good game, good game, good game, good game, good game . . . ]

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My boyfriend told me I had to choose between him and volleyball….big mistake…I’m really gonna miss him!!  ~  Heidi

Up next:  Football scrimmage . . . or Germany?

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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