Almost a Perfect Night . . .

The Cardinal boys’ basketball team recovered nicely last night after their disheartening loss at Fergus over the weekend. They hosted a young (and upcoming) Sartell Sabre team and came away with a workmen like 60-51 victory. Seniors Parker Giroux (No. 5 on scoreboard) and Dan Gorghuber (No. 41) led the way for the Cards with over 20 points each. It was the last game for what surely must be the last of the snowbirds – Gretchen and Don Nelson are off to California this week. The Hoymsters were also at the game – as well as Luella and Otto, of course.

[Cards score.]

[Gorghuber inbounds to Giroux.]

Sitting at the game with Don (who played for Wheaton in the mid-50’s), Dennis Kalpin, and Tom Anderson, we reminisced about the good ole days, as good ole guys are wont to do. I brought up the name of Hal Haskins, by all accounts Alex’s best ever basketball player, who pre-dated us all. So I found a couple of websites highlighting Mr. Haskins career, including being a 2nd-round draft choice of the Minneapolis Lakers (was it during the Haskins’ era that Luella and Otto took a cab from Alex to Williams Arena for the state tournament?):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Haskins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_NCAA_Men’s_Basketball_All-Americans

http://www.hamline.edu/hamline_info/athletics/mens_basketball/records.html

http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/MNL/1950_transactions.html

[Gorghuber at the line – Cards made their free throws down the stretch.]

[The “supervisor” at IU – she’ll get me for this!]

Driving home after the game, the Cardinal boys’ hockey game at Willmar was on the radio. Dave Harris announced the girls’ hockey team had beaten Willmar earlier, 4-1, ending their long winless streak. Wa-hoo! Claire Illies had two goals (was shooting hoops with her mom earlier that day, doing my background research*), and Alia Kopischke and Rachel Finley also scored. Dave announced the swimming and gymnastics teams also won that night. So, now it was up to the boys’ hockey team – it was 2-2 in the 3rd period when this reporter called it a night. This morning I learned they lost 4-2 – those other Cardinals are in 2nd place in the conference.

[Original girls hockey team – from Victoria Heights on the ice behind old Central High School, c. 1960]

[Still searching for an ID here – don’t know the source of the photo (except it was in the Obert family archives), but it appears to be Noonan’s Park, c. 1950’s?]

The staff photographer has posted his doings from several venues. They will be the subjects of a follow-on article.

[* Continuing a recent hot streak, this reporter made 10, then 18 free throws in a row, and is thus considering teaching a continuing education class in that regard – fingertips, stroke, follow through along the intended flight path, and hope it ends up within the vicinity of the basket.]

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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