“The Bigs”

[Editor’s note: In addition to thousands of other household chores, today I washed down the wooden stairwell. This was done to appease the supervisor, and her critters proudly adorning each tread. Thus, I am momentarily free to indulge my avocation. As an aside, I shoveled on the way to the gym this morning – and I shoveled again when I got home. This is called, in exercise parlance, your warm-up and your warm-down.]

So far we have featured the guards, a/k/a, the backcourt, from the girls’ holiday basketball tournament. But the staff photographer is an equal opportunity shutterbug. Here we pay homage to “the bigs,” a/k/a, the frontcourt, as well (one of which is also a close relative of the photographer).

First up, Sam Trumm (No. 35), 6’1” senior, Lauren’s (No. 43) big sister, also all-star caliber volleyball player, and the center who I believe has won all her center jumps so far. The rebounder who can also get out and run the break:

[In my totally biased opinion, this is a great shot of the sisters]

Alli Haar (No. 15), 6’1” senior, the team’s energizer bunny, relentless defender (she ululates guarding the inbounds pass, once causing the Super Fans to move back about three rows in fright), last year she scored the first 12 points in a game by continually stealing the inbounds pass, and her Grandpa Martin terrorized the senior golf league (and we’re hoping he comes back!) [Echo photo left]:

Joie Warnes (No. 23), 5’10” senior, has come of age as a starter, terrific all-around athlete in track, soccer, and basketball, fits the team MO as a quick, aggressive defender, and has that nice baseline jumper [Echo photo left]:

[On left (soccer), with Claire Illies (middle, and hockey), and Mo Eigen (and basketball)]

[Photo from Echo]

Whitney Gesell (No. 33), 6’1” junior, what an asset to have a tall, athletic player to be first off the bench, a good shooter and rebounder, and able to fill-in at all the front court positions [left photo from Echo]:

Mo Eigen (No. 3), 5’4” senior, OK not a big in stature, a soccer player who uses her speed to be a ball-handler and a pest on defense:

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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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