Whom Amongst Us* Doesn’t Like Volleyball Invites?

October 7

The weekend produced a Chamber of Commerce bonanza – there were eight teams in town for the Cardinal volleyball invite; and I believe 21 many for the Lions’ cross country meet at Arrowwood.  Classmate Brad and I decided to forgo the football game Friday night because the weather was “iffy” – at our age, we don’t do “iffy.”  The weather actually wasn’t bad as the Cards put on another offensive display against Bemidji to the tune of 59 – 42 (see following video).  We keep hoping for good “fans in the stands” weather – and with that concept in mind, we opted for the volleyball invite which began at 9:00 am on Saturday . . . 


[And here’s your program and schedules.  It went on all day, and Brad and I were basically there from 9:00 until about 1:30, when I went home to find the Super in dire need of grounds maintenance assistance.  With that length of time at the school, I paid my first ever visit to the concession stand – it was manned by a couple of Cardinal footballers whom I congratulated on their fine peformance the previous night.]

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[After perusing the program, we figured out the Cards would be playing Morris Area, Chokio/Alberta, a/k/a, MACA (yes, I did a double-take on that one) in the first game.  I didn’t bring the big lens, figuring we’d be moving a lot and wanted to be light on my feet.]

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[Kendra Hardy (13) serving for us . . . ]

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[Based on the respective size of the schools, I figured Alex would be the winner . . . ]

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[I figured wrong.  The Cards had just ended section and conference rival Willmar’s 10-game winning streak, and we were a little flat . . . a let down after a big win.  Morris dispatched us easily in 2 quick games.  I thought they looked pretty good and discovered they are ranked 7th in the state in class AA.]

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[Brad and I then immediately dispatched ourselves to Trav’s for breakfast.  Upon returning to the scene of the crime, I decided to have a little camera fun with series shots while we played Grand Rapids.  First up is McKenzie Duwenhoegger (11) serving . . . ]

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[Then in position for the return . . . ]

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[Then Devany Johnson (9) . . . ]

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[And here’s Kendra again . . . ]

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[Then Mia McGrane (5) . . . ]

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[Absent any post-invite preparation, I also knew nothing about Grand Rapids, our current opponent.  I subsequently discovered they are ranked in the top 10 in the state.]

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[We started slowly, a la the Morris games, but came roaring back.  They were already unraveling the scoreboard before I could get a shot – the actual score in our favor was 25 to 20-something.]

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[We were rolling now and easily dispatched the Thunderhawks in the 2nd game.]

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[Our next game was against Big Lake – 25 – 10 and 25 – 10 (as you’ll see in the last shot).  Those last 3 1/2 games were as well as I’ve seen any Cardinal team play in a long time.]

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[OK team, I think you’re getting the idea here – go to our strength which is . . . ]

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[And here’s McKenzie again . . . ]

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[Then Tori Jeretitz (2) . . . ]

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[And Kendra . . . ]

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[And we’re all on the same page now . . . ]

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[The sets were good . . . ]

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[Mia . . . ]

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[And Devany . . . ]

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[And when passing and setting are good, you get in a rhythm.  Our rhythm was such that it was spread around to our four big hitters – McKenzie, Kendra, Mya, and Mia.  I thought Grand Rapids was a bit intimidated, not knowing from whom the next big hit was coming.  Big Lake was definitely looking for places to hide.  So, team, no more finesse – establish the big hits and keep them going!  🙂  (We could not stay for the final game – we beat Belgrade-Brooten-El Rosa for 3rd place, winning two close games.)]

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Volleyball rules are simple. If it is on the floor, pick it up and get it into the air. If it is in the air, keep it off the floor.   ~  John Kessel

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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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