Boys Play Basketball

February 1

[This was my first boys basketball game of the season – retirement schedules can be awfully busy!  What I first noticed in the roster is that . . . hey, we have size in our future!]

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[But initially I must report that this team, not on anybody’s radar at the start of the season, has now cracked the Top Ten in the state’s ranking system with its 14 – 3 record!]

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[And we’re off and leaping!  The Cardinals Justin Balcome (24), 6’10” senior, v. Rocori’s Matthew Waletzko (55), 6’7″ senior, gotta be pushing 300 pounds . . . ]

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[Waletzko is not fast, but he’s a good athlete and effective scorer . . . ]

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[Here Card coach Forest Witt “helps” Justin play pressure defense . . . ]

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[Carter Stockert (44), 6’3″ junior (and a fireballing lefty for the baseball team), attempts the “hiding behind you” defense on the Spartans point guard . . . ]

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[As I understand it, the new kid on the block – Carrson Jones (11), 5’10” sophomore guard . . . ]

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[The student section, with some of our girl roundballers, cheer a free throw attempt.  Emeritus football coach, Deny Kalpin, looks on from the right . . . ]

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[Based on their respective records, it shouldn’t have been this close at the half. But the Cards kicked it up a bit in the 2nd half . . . ]

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[And the shot of the game by Emma Schmidt, a starter on the girls team . . . ]

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[For comparative sizes, Bryce Ludwig (25) was the tight end on our football team.  His task was to keep Waletzko away from the basket . . . ]

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[I took more photos this half because now the Cardinal offensive zone was right in front of me . . . ]

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[Trey Hoepner (0), junior, and Jared Schneider (13), senior, play catch out front . . . ]

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[Until recently, Card scoring came mostly from Justin and Trey, but Jared has now had some big games . . . ]

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[Interesting arm positioning by the ref . . . ]

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[Jared applying a little backcourt defensive pressure . . . ]

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[Justin ISO?]

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[A big guy with a big game . . . ]

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[A good ball handler, he can score inside and out – a good 3-point shooter . . . ]

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[We have a connection here with Michael Kuhn (3), senior guard, so he will be featured a bit . . . ]

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[His mom, Beth, took the most famous picture in Alexandria “Y” history . . . ]

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[And here it is . . . ]

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[Meanwhile, back at the game, Justin and Trey backing on defense . . . ]

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[Bryce, on the lookout for Waletzko?]

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[I noticed this kid in the JV game . . . ]

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[Dane Galloway (35), 6’1″ sophomore, looks to be a player . . . ]

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[And a shout out to the real athletes . . . ]

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[Nice catch!]

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[Michael playing catch with Trey . . . ]

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[Then cutting hard to the hoop . . . ]

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[Bryce had a nice offensive game too . . . ]

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[Then Trey . . . ]

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[Let’s talk about it . . . ]

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[OK, let’s wrap it up . . . ]

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[We are now 10 – 6 overall, in 4th place in a 9-team conference.  Justin had his usual big game; Jared had a 14-point 2nd half (18 total) that helped us pull away.]

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Basketball, a game which won’t be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo.  ~  Ogden Nash

Up Next:  Hockey . . . and Josie?

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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