Kohler is No. 1!

November 28

Echo Press photo

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[The day began with a strong wind continuing to create open water on Lake Darling.]

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[By evening, game time – pick up Brad and head for the high school.  We saw most of the 2nd half of the JV’s victory.]

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[And now meet the 2017-18 edition of the Cardinal girls basketball team.  It’s brand spanking new because we graduated 11 players, including the starting 5, off last year’s state tournament team.]

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[Kohler shares some pre-game moments with the Big Lake coach.]

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[The classic lay-up drill . . . ]

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[OK, ladies, here’s the plan . . . ]

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[Whenever they have the ball, just steal it from them!]

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[And introductions:  Junior guard Kaye Paschke (3) . . . ]

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[Whoop!!!]

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[Sophomore guard Ella Grove (11) . . . ]

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[Senior forward Emma Schmidt (25) . . . ]

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[Senior forward Courtney Gould (31) . . . ]

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[Junior center McKenzie Duwenhoegger (35) . . . ]

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[The ref is making sure nothing nefarious is going on here.]

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[Ms. Duwenhoegger is ready for the jump . . . ]

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[She won it, but the Hornets came away with the ball.]

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[The Cardinals’ signature “D” . . . ]

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[Courtney gets a freebie . . . ]

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[Kaye starts a drive . . . ]

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[Her defender, No. 30, is a D1 recruit.]

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[A truly focused ref . . . ]

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[Courtney’s in a crowd . . . Christmas shopping?]

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[Clean-up on aisle 3!!]

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[Kohler signals . . . something?]

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[Nooo, over there!]

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[Where’d the ball go?]

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[Oh, there it is!]

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[Kaye setting the offense . . . ]

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[Ella chases a Hornet . . . ]

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[In stealth defensive mode, she hides behind her guardee . . . ]

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[In a half that seemed every Hornet shot went in, we fought back from being 13 down at one point to only trail by 5 at the half.]

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[The flow began to change when we put the 5’11” Emma at the point of the defense . . . ]

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[Making it difficult for the Hornets to get the ball past the top of the key . . . ]

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[And we started getting more aggressive offensively . . . ]

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[Getting to the free throw line . . . ]

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[McKenzie here . . . ]

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[We actually got the lead at 36-35.  But just as suddenly, the Hornets hit a bunch of 3’s again and opened up another 10-point lead.  It looked bleak for the Cards with only about 4 minutes left in the game.  But this trio of sophomore guard Mia McGrane (5), Kaye, and Ella lead an amazing defensive charge . . . ]

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[Kohler blew the dust off the ole 1-3-1 trap, and Cards kept getting steals and either scoring or getting to the foul line.  Ella here . . . ]

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[Ella finished with 14 points and 8 boards . . . ]

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[Mia closed it out with a couple of free throws, and a game leading 15 points, as the Cards picked up a historic victory for Kohler.]

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[Yay, coach!!!]

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They say that nobody is perfect.  Then they tell you practice makes perfect.  I wish they’d make up their minds.   ~  Wilt Chamberlain

Up Next:  We’re in the sports season.

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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