School . . . Already?

August 29

[Ladies and gentlemen, your 2017 Cardinal volleyball team!  Let the fall sports season begin!]

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[But volleyball was the second visit to the high school on this day.  The Super and I began the morning with many other interested personages watching this movie.  And afterwards we all met over coffee and muffins to discuss it all.  The current education model has been in existence for 120 years – you know, an hour of history, change rooms, an hour of biology, change rooms . . . all mostly presented through teacher lectures.  The movie proposes student-led learning with teacher oversight and guidance, project oriented, basically the way modern companies operate in our technological world.  I think most people there were in agreement with the movie’s proposal.]

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[And to think all this occurred on Class of ’65 alum, Greg “Little Mayo” Johnson’s, 70th birthday!]

[And here are your fall sports schedules.]

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[And here, again, is your 2017 Cardinal volleyball team.]

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[First game of the season and we’re taking on Marshall, a perennial volleyball power.]

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[Again, we have no 7-footers, not to mention 6-footers . . . but then, neither did Marshall?]

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[And here are the dreaded Tigers.]

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[Watching practice kill shots . . . ]

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[I didn’t remember many players from last year . . . ]

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[We have a new assistant coach, he’s lobbing the lobs . . . ]

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[No jump ball, no face-off, let’s play volleyball!!]

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[Final advice from the coach, “Always remember, hit the ball OVER the net” . . . ]

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[So, the front line to begin the game:  McKenzie Duwenhoegger (11), 5’11”, junior; Erika Roderick (7), 5’8″, sophomore; and Tori Jeseritz (2), 5’10”, senior.  The back line is: Mya Lesnar (10), 5’9″, sophomore; being replaced by Alana Rodas (1), 5’2″, senior (apparently that substitution before the game actually starts establishes a substitution pattern, or something); Mia McGrane (5), 5’7″, sophomore; and, I believe absent a visible number, Kendra Hardy (13), 5’10”, junior.  Why yes, we are a rather young team.]

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[And leading us off, Kendra rises to the occasion . . . ]

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[Mya and Erika go up for a block . . . ]

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[Where’d the ball go?]

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[Kendra serves, with McKenzie as her sidekick . . . ]

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[The linebacking corps . . . ]

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[And front line of the defense . . . ]

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[Mya again, I thought she had a stellar game at the net . . . ]

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[Whooompff . . . ]

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[So, is the Boulder Tap House open after the game?]

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[We’ll be ready for a malt!!]

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[Set position . . . ]

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[Moving to the block . . . ]

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[This time Erika goes up for the block.  For you Class of ’65ers looking in, can you spot Ruth Helie Anderson in the background?  (Oh, and Brad was sitting next to me, giving me updates on the political crisis of the moment.)]

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[First game, and we have . . . extra innings?]

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[Drat!!!!]

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[McKenzie serving – all around good game, front row, back row, offense, defense . . . ]

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[Kendra with her lefty power serve . . . ]

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[Really out of sorts this game, after the close loss in Game 1.  Never got any rhythm going.]

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[Game 3, time to pick it up again . . . ]

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[Looks like Tori and Erika on the block . . . ]

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[Now, stay on that side!!]

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[How we doin’?]

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[We’re making a run, keep it up . . . ]

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[Uhoh, overtime again!]

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[1, 2, 3 JUMP!]

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[Did I mention that the strength of McKenzie and Mya is their . . . strength?  They’re likely the two best shot putters in our section.]

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[And here they were blocking together . . . ]

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[McKenzie goes for a kill . . . ]

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[I see it!]

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[Block and . . . ]

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[Block]

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[Go out!!]

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[Deflection . . . ]

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[The tension is palpable . . . ]

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[Ohhhhhhhhhh!]

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[Get it!]

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[Oh nooooo!]

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[Heckuva game!  Sometimes shooting a scoreboard at the shutterspeed set for game action doesn’t work very well . . . the final score was 30 – 28.  We had multiple game points but just couldn’t quite make it over the top.  I think the team can take some positive vibes from the match.]

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Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.  ~  E. C. McKenzie

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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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1 Response to School . . . Already?

  1. tomobert63 says:

    I forgot to mention, it was one of the best serving matches I’ve ever seen by a Cardinal team. I don’t think we even had 5 service faults?

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