CARDINALS vs. Cardinals

February 22

Between trips to St. Paul for the girls’ state hockey tournament . . . 

[We came into the game tied with Willmar for 1st place in the conference.  Earlier in the season we beat Willmar at their place ending the 15-0 undefeated start to their season.  But first, a dramatic ending to the JV game . . . ]

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[Geezers at the game not quite knowing what to do with their mouths during a photo op.]

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[Anyway, our Cards made a game winning free throw with .3 seconds left in the game.]

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[Go Baby Cards!]

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[Go Baby Cards!  (Oh, did I say that already?)]

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[Then the varsity came out for warm-ups . . . ]

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[Cardinal captains meet the Cardinal captains . . . ]

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[Cardinal captains meet the Cardinal captains.  (Oh, did I say that already?)]

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[It was senior night.  I didn’t know.  I should have – it was the last regular season game.]

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[So, I somehow missed gathering the bio materials on our six seniors . . . ]

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[First up, Emily Aker (23) . . . ]

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[Joined by her parents . . . ]

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[Then Courtney Gould (31) . . . ]

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[Julie and Wendy, as usual, enjoying yet another 20+ win season . . . ]

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[Flora Kvale (33) . . . ]

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[Her mom Angie is our longtime “guide” and host on our various fields trips to the winery . . . ]

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[Taylor Partington (15) . . . ]

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[Emma Schmidt (25) . . . ]

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[Freshman Mataya Hoelscher (45) standing at the bench thinking, “Wow, seniors are really old.”]

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[Emma’s folks, Sheryl and Al, are long time friends from both basketball and . . . ecological reasons.]

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[Matie Wirtjes (21) . . . ]

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[Final pre-game hugs . . . ]

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[Congratulations Seniors!]

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[Can’t remember, do cheerleaders get a senior night?]

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[Let’s get ready to . . . ]

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[Well, introduce ourselves.  As the final starter, McKenzie Duwenhoegger (35), junior, comes on to the floor we already have Ella Grove (11), sophomore, Kaye Paschka (3), junior, Emma, and Courtney . . . ]

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[Getting loose . . . ]

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[And we’re off . . . ]

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[McKenzie with the defensive stare down . . . ]

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[Cards rotate on defense, the strength of the team . . . ]

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[Emma draws Carly Magnuson (13), who appeared to be Willmar’s most talented player.]

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[Ella got us off to a fast start with I believe out first 7 points . . . ]

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[These 3 will be the key returnees next year . . . ]

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[Cards on D . . . ]

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[Emma joins Mia McGrane (5), sophomore, on a double-team . . . ]

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[I see no escape for the Willmar player . . . ]

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[The aforementioned Mataya joins her elderly teammates . . . ]

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[Looks like Courtney . . . ]

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[Kaye . . . ]

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[Emily Jones (43), junior – I keep calling on her to shoot more, because she’s good at it.]

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[A defensive struggle at the half, as anticipated . . . ]

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[My only shot in the second half (as I concentrated on being a fan) – the Willmar center seemed to hit all her 3’s . . . ]

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[And 3-point shooting was the difference in the game.  So, Willmar is the conference champ – congrats to them.  For our Cards, we’ll still begin tournament play as the No. 1 seed in our section.  Stay tuned.]

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I quit school in the sixth grade because of pneumonia. Not because I had it, but because I couldn’t spell it.  ~  Boxing legend Rocky Graziano

Up Next:  Girls’ state hockey tournament.

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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