24 Hours

November 17

Friday Night

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[Photos from Echo Press]

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[This was a home run from the beginning.  Outstanding performances from everyone involved!  Included herein are various quotes stolen from FB attendees . . . ]

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 If you miss this, you will have missed one of the best performances -bar none- in Alexandria this year.

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The end numbers were especially moving!

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We went tonight. What a talented bunch!🎶 I was especially impressed with the dance ensemble.

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 Minnesota humor escapes me.  (OK, that one concerns my reporting . . .) 

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Ditto!!! Amazing, we have such talent in this community…and soooo professional. Congratulations!

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It was absolutely great!

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November 18

Saturday Morning

[Back to the high school for more student talent entertainment.  This is a real transition year for the Cardinal girls’ basketball braintrust of Coaches Kohler and Wrobel.  We graduated 11 seniors from last year, all the starters, on a team that went to the state tournament without our leading scorer and point guard, who was injured before the tournament started.]

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[So, we jumped into it early – starting with scrimmages against 2 class AAAA teams (we’re class AAA) . . . ]

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[Farmington proved to be too big and too good in the first game – they had several good shooters.  At this point it’s hard to tell who will be our go to players, who will be the shooters?  It’s early, but after that first scrimmage Kohler was not happy with the performance.]

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[It’s teaching time . . . ]

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[Minnetonka was next, an even bigger school than Farmington (I think?).  We played much better, and looked to take advantage of areas where we had advantages . . . ]

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[This is Ella Grove, a sophomore wing guard – you may recognize her brother as the star of “Tuck Everlasting”?]

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[Box out, box out!]

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[Here is a strength we can take advantage of – there will be few people on the court this year as fast as Kaye Paschka, junior guard.  If she can get a steal or otherwise a breakout, she’ll do this . . . ]

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[McKenzie Duwenhoegger, a junor center, is coming off an excellent volleyball season.]

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[Emma Schmidt is the most experienced returnee.  The 5’11” senior provides height and athleticism.  And she got extra coverage here because I was sitting with her parents.]

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[Ella, Kaye, and McKenzie . . . ]

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[Dee-fence!  Kohler will demand it.]

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[OK, I think it’s getting better . . . ]

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[Some JVers came out to lengthen the bench.]

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[Emma getting signals from dad?]

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[McKenzie sets a screen.  We will be a work in progress.]

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November 18

Satuday Afternoon

[From the high school to RCC, to a team that also went to the state tournament last year – but had a large corps coming back. This team has high expectations.]

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[Sophomore goalie Amanda Bittman (33) would be making her home debut . . . ]

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[Against a storied hockey program from So. St. Paul.]

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[The pre-game chat undoubtedly covering such issues as the change at the head of the Federal Reserve Board.]

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[It was parents’ night – one of the few times during the season when the whole family can actually be together.]

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[Then the family photo with the goal by the Amazing Mr. Ripley.]

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[A legend in the State of Hockey.  Dave Palmquist has guided the Packers since before the Crusades and, I believe, has won more state championships than anyone else. This is the first time in my recollection that the Packers have played here.]

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[We are the Cardinals – mighty, mighty CARDINALS!]

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[The Packers came in with a 3 – 0 record, all on the road.  So, they are obviously good again.  And we could tell from the start of the game this was going to be fun!  Bottom to top, we have our veteran line of junior McKenna Ellingson (24), junior Alexis Heckert (20), and senior Kristin Trosvig (15).]

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[And away we go . . . ]

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[Alexis in on goal . . . ]

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[As the Packer goalie, by far the tallest player on the ice, smothered a shot.]

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[Face-off in the Packer zone.]

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[It’s either Kaci Trosvig (25) or older sister Kristin (15), I just see the “5” . . . ]

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[And here’s our latest wunderkind, 8th-grader Kaci . . . ]

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[In the Cardinal zone . . . ]

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[The “Wunderkind” line of freshman Marki Oberg (10), Kaci (senior defense Talia Olson (27) behind her), and not pictured here, freshman Anna Doherty (7).  This was the key line in the game for us as what usually happens in games between two good teams happened, the 1st lines canceled each other.]

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[And speaking of Anna, here she is scoring the first goal off the game on a breakaway in the 1st period . . . ]

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[And I got it!]

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[Back to center ice for the next jump ball . . . ]

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[The line of sophomore Hadley Hansen (18), junior Erin O’Kane (26), and senior Calley Richardson (19), who missed the home opener with injury.  Sophomore Mayson Toft (14) is on defense.]

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[1st period in the books.]

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[Period 2 – I can tell because we’re going the other way.]

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[Anna gets off a shot . . . ]

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[As the rest of the posse arrives . . . ]

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[Kaci’s in the goal . . . but where’s the puck?]

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[GOOOAAALLLLL!  Anna again, from a scrum in front of the net . . . ]

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[Marki and Kaci lead another charge into the zone . . . ]

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[Whooaaaa!  Dunno?  The “Wunderkind” line joined by senior defense Allison O’Kane (36).]

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[Marki swoops in – the Wunderkinds are quite speedy.]

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[2nd period over – a really good game.]

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[The 3rd period begins with 6 forwards crashing into each other . . . ]

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[And an immediate score by McKenna!!  Woo-woo!]

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[Just 12 seconds into the period . . . ]

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[Both teams continued the good play through the end of the game.  A nice win by the Cards against a quality opponent.  (The reported shot count was the reverse of what’s on the scoreboard?]

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Saturday Afternoon (Later)

[And then it was on to Anthony at the winery.  Another Saturday full house – we were joined eventually by the Crown Prince and Princess of Ashby.]

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[Under the full house syndrome, background noise makes videos impossible.  But let’s post one anyway . . . of Anthony’s nephew, Sam Miltich.  I think Anthony would approve.]

In keeping with the spirit of the season, I was thankful for a wonderful 24 hours in our Alexandria cocoon, a respite from the ongoing chaos all around us!

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.  ~  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

[Alex, c. 1960, Historical Society]

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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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