Boys Basketball Still Undefeated

December 22

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OK, we’ve only played four games, but undefeated is still good!

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[So, we’re off to good start,  3 – 0 record on all road games.  This was our home opener.  A bit of JV action (also off to a good start),  with junior Cameron Rice (21) laying one in.]

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[This is generally referred to as a “huddle,” because most people do not like to attend “meetings.”]

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[At the half?]

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[And the win!]

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[Varsity warm-ups]

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[Captains meet with the powers that be.]

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[Out 6’8″ junior center Justin Balcome practices free throw shooting – by game’s end it was clear he is our best player at such.]

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[And here, at last, is a perfectly captured . . . ]

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[3-point shot!]

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[At introductions, senior Spencer Hockert (21) . . . ]

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[Senior Jaran Roste (31) . . . ]

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[And Balcome goes for the tip.]

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[This appears to be sophomore Trey Hoepner (1 ) camera screening senior Jake Drew (33).]

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[At 6’4″ Jake covers a lot of ground at the point of the defense.]

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[He’s back in action after he lost the last baseball and football seasons after Tommy John surgery.]

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[Senior Robert Anderson (3) brings a lot of hops to the game.]

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[Spencer inbounding – the new player on the floor is junior Mike Empting (11).]

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[Like the Lady Cards, defense sets the tone for the boys as well.]

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[Spencer was our leading scorer.]

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[The boys, like the girls, are a senior dominated team so we thought they’d be pretty good. And coming in with an 80-point per game scoring average, we were a bit flummoxed when we only had 4 points more than halfway through the half. Must have something to so with the home opener and shooting at moving targets.]

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[The 2nd half initially began as the first half ended, a big run set up by our defense that pushed us out to a big lead.  Oh, BTW, we were playing Brainerd.]

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[But then the team, full of football players trying to recover their basketball skills, decided to let the Warriors back into the game with a very ineffective free throw attack.]

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[Miss upon . . . ]

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[Miss.]

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[But then young Mr. Bascome stepped up and I believe made all 6 of his free throws to ice the game.]

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[I suspect the free throw shooting will improve and we’ll be a factor.]

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They shot the ball well early. What comes out of the microwave hot doesn’t always stay hot. I know, because I eat bagels in the morning.  ~  Shaquille O’Neal

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Up Next:  Christmas?

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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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