The Last Volleyball Game Ever at JHS!

Oh, and we won, 3 – 0 over Detroit Lakes in the section semifinals.  [The final will be Friday in Fergus Falls v. Moorhead.]

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[Tuesday night, the team lines up for the last volleyball player introductions ever at the Jefferson High School gymnasium, a facility so old that this reporter played on it when he was the age of these players!  The floor has been replaced, and Dave Harris is a couple generations down the announcer tree from Ray Lang, but it is essentially the same place.  It was on this very floor (well, the original floor) I first discovered I needed glasses.  Because baseball season always began when snow was still on the ground, our initial practices took place in the gym, and I got hit by a ball in a place one does not like to get hit by a ball because I couldn’t see it.  Here everyone is looking to the far end of the court because of another alleged Kim Kardashian sighting.]

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[Sheree attempts oversight of the student section.]

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[DL came with fans . . . and a banner!]

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[The future leaders of our country . . .]

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[Kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it?  😉 ]

Before game commencement, Kohler (the girls’ basketball coach) walked by, noticed us, and stopped for a chat.  Ever the victim of my cub reporter instincts, I asked her to explain the current plethora of terrific girl athletes in our school system?  Without hesitation, she replied, “Coaching!”  That, of course, was the perfect answer.  Ha!  🙂  And now the video to start the game:

Player intros and game start:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm-9ai98enM

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[Gretchen leads off our still coverage; Sheree watches nervously from the background.]

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[Amanda H and probably Liz go up for a block.  As noted in the video, the Cards jumped off to a quick early lead.]

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[Chaos theory in practice.]

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[It’s like making 6 chess moves . . . simultaneously!  😉 ]

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[I’ll cover the vertical if you handle the diagonal?]

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[You cannot run a play without the preliminary high five.]

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[OK, is everybody finally in their correct place?]

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[The Amanda H jump serve . . .]

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[Amanda does this well, as does Amanda C.  But the team has had issues with serves in the last couple of games . . . it would be nice to get that straightened out as we move up the competition chain.]

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[OK, what just happened?]

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[What’s that, coach?]

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[The ball flies high as the Cards attempt a block.]

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[It must have flown high and long as there was cause for celebration!]

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[Coach’s play worked!]

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[Liz’s jump serve.  It hasn’t been quite as reliable since her finger dislocation, and having her ring finger and pinkie taped together has got to effect her feel for the ball.]

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[Get ready!]

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[Concentrate now . . .]

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[Now up!!]

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[My sources advised No. 12 for the Lakers has a Division 1 golf scholarship.  She and her partner, No. 3, had a height advantage on us and really gave us fits in the first two games.]

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[Wensia, and the crowd behind her, are hoping it goes out!]

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[After our big early lead, the Cards wandered into the Twilight Zone for a while, as young teams are wont to do.  They never get panicky, however . . . their fans get panicky, but they don’t.  So after the Lakers tied the game late, they just take an attitude of enough of this silliness, let’s end this thing!]

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[Known patrons of the arts . . .]

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[And they like sports, too.  😉 ]

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[The high “X” is a new one for me?]

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[This is the happiest team.  They’re even smiling through their rough patches.]

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[Emily, Kalley, and Liz are on the back line for this rotation.]

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[Let’s get a good return here!]

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[The front line readies . . .]

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[We did good!]

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[So let’s celebrate!]

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[Now get ready for the next point.]

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[Liz and Amanda H go up for a block.]

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[Then return back to the earth.]

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[One of my favorite shots.  Their No. 3, as I recall, is 6’1″ and was really tough for us to handle.  But here, Amanda H, all 5’5″ of her, goes up as a solo blocker . . .]

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[And stuffs it!  🙂 ]

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[And then it was interrupted by the bane of the sports photographer.  😉 ]

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[Sheree somehow manages all this without a whip and a chair . . .]

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[But they all have a good time together!]

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[One of those games where our serving didn’t allow us to get anything going.  It was a close game all way, and the Lakers actually had a one point lead at around 20.  But again, the Cards finished strong.]

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[No going to a 5th game tonight . . .]

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[So double hot fudge Blizzards are out!]

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[DL’s toast, let’s wrap this up . . .]

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[Hey, I just saw Kim Kardashian over there!]

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[Seriously, ask Sheree . . .]

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[She was by the blue garbage can!]

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[Yeah, good one, Kalley!  😉 ]

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[Hey, did you hear Jess Lourey has a new book coming out?]

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[Yeah, January Thaw, should be available by Christmas.  It’s the 9th of her murder-by-month mysteries that take place in Battle Lake.]

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[And that Mrs. Berns is a hoot!!]

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[And speaking of Jess Lourey, if we can’t have double hot fudge, I want a Nut Goodie Blizzard!]

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[I hear ya!]

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[“The Twins” played great.  Kalley was player-of-the-game.]

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[The fans are psyched.]

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[Just a reminder about the importance of potassium.]

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[No. 12 gives it a swat . . .]

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[But is out of control and goes under the net.]

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[Point for the Cardinals.]

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[Final team meeting . . .]

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[This game was never in doubt . . .]

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[As the Cardinals were firing on all cylinders.]

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[Amanda H and Liz go up.  The fans are zeroed in on the action.]

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[Where’d it go?]

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[Kalley’s got it.]

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[And then our expansive coverage of celebration with a singe shot, here including “The Voices,” the team, and the students . . .]

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[Then just the team and the students . . .]

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[Then just the team.]

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[That was fun.  Let’s do it again . . .]

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Then I videoed the end of the game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny_VncJmW7A

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[And we wrap it up with the cheerleaders.]

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[See y’all next year at Alexandria Area High School!]

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[Reportedly all will acknowledge acquaintance with the Super Fans.  😉 ]

EPSON MFP image

[Our Jami with PBS superstar, David Brancaccio (left).]

On to Fergus!

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