Dear Alexandria Cardinals Fans

And welcome to 2011. As a new feature for the new year, I have decided to open a blog site specifically dedicated to Alexandria Cardinals sports activities. You are all no doubt tickled pink (if not red and black). I may include other marvelous activities such a snow shoveling – and, if luck holds, a report on the 2nd annual naked snow angels festival (allegedly to take place in the vicinity of Lake Latoka).

But I saw a need. After opening with the article on the Shaughnessys, to see how this will work, here’s a follow-up story on the girls’ holiday basketball tournament. Well, follow-up photos. You see my staff photographer is getting too good (and kudos to him!). Greg Trumm is making it way too difficult to select a minimum number of photos that can be sent to you by e-mail. Under this format, I can offer up many more of Greg’s photos, and I may contribute some myself (plus the usual filching from the Echo Press). So, at least to begin with, this will be mainly a photo site (you can double click on the individual photos to make them larger). And it will no longer be necessary to send out multiple e-mails on the same event. If so inclined, you may visit this blog site at your leisure.

I begin with the 2006-07 girls’ hockey team photo, because girls’ hockey got us started in all this. The team won the state tournament the following year (still waiting for updated team photos from . . . she knows whom). The Card roundballers beat Robbinsdale Armstrong and Marshall to win their holiday tournament last week. One of Greg’s best features is capturing the player-of-the-game as she talks to the media, i.e., KXRA, after the game (and a thanks to Charlie Christopherson for filling in for Dave Harris this month and to Bob Cuniff for providing the stats as I listen to the game re-cap on the car radio on the way home). Now you will know who they are – so you can say “hi” if you run into them at DQ or someplace. First up, for reasons of being player-of-the-game against Armstrong, is point guard Cara Wood, a 5’9” junior. Cara, as point guard, is really a key for this team. With a 6 – 0 start, I think the team was probably under-estimated coming into the season, having lost both guards and possibly the most talented basketball player Alex has ever produced off last year’s team.  Let’s meet the Cardinals:

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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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One Response to Dear Alexandria Cardinals Fans

  1. Taryn says:

    A blog is a great idea! I’ll put this in my favorites.
    Taryn

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