Girls’ Basketball Sections Underway

February 28

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[The No. 1-seeded Cardinal girls’ basketball team opened the section tournament by hosting the Little Falls Flyers.  Overcoming early camera gremlins (a continuation of a “disease” that has been ravaging household appliances),  I somehow got it up and running – I have no idea how . . .]

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[On the floor are seniors Emma Ziegler (1), Kayla Feldhake (43), and Kiyana Miller (21).]

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[The key to a first round match-up is to jump to an early lead.  Defensive pressure accomplishes that.]

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[The KXRA broadcast team are beside themselves with excitement.]

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[Kiyana and fellow senior Kara Thomson (23) . . . ]

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[With Kendall Kohler and others, at the forefront of a trend for shorter basketball trunks – and freedom of the wheels.]

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[In the absence of Macy Hatlestad (see further down), sophomore Kaye Paschke (45) had a lot of playing time, here with senior Kelby Olson-Rodel (13).]

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[The bench appears aghast over another alleged sighting of Kim Kardashian.]

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[Junior Emma Schmidt (25) joins the fray . . . ]

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[Next year she’ll be a major fixture.]

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[The aforementioned Kendall (3) got the Cards off to a fast start with 3’s . . . and free throws.]

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[And Kelby chips in too.]

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[The Flyers’ junior center is a player at what appears to be about 6’1″ . . . ]

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[So Kayla kept an eye on her.]

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[Are the Cards setting up ‘ye ole picket fence’?]

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[Macy is now an acting assistant coach sitting next to her assistant coach mom.  She was our leading scorer this year but is now lost for the season with an ACL injury.  Really an unfortunate way for her to end her senior year.  The Cards are still likely to be considered the favorite to win the section, but we have to play the games.]

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[We took care of business in the 1st half.]

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[Micah Christenson – good halfback, good hockey player, good fan, but drummer . . . who knew?]

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[Kayla with some 2nd half freebies.]

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[Kaye is joined by senior Elise Stockmoe (41) and freshman Ella Grove (51) as everybody got some PT.]

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[Senior Lauren Stockmoe (33) joins her sister.]

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[Senior Sarah Frederick (5)]

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[Ella watching to see if there’ll be an offensive rebound.]

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[The last game for the seniors on their home court.]

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[Next up:  Detroit Lakes in the section semifinals.]

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Shooting is just like toenails. They may fall off occasionally, but you know they’ll always come back.  ~  Charles Johnson (1977)

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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