Conference Champs (Another One!)

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[Friday night, the last game of the regular season.  The foe was poor St. Cloud Apollo, a team that did not win a game all year.  The outcome was really preordained.  (Apollo will represent our section in the boys’ state hockey tournament – we’ll cheer for the Eagles there.)  As the last game, it was also senior night . . .]

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[And there you have it.]

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[The JV game (the above two photos) was almost identical to the following varsity game. This was the last game of the season for the JV’s, who had a terrific year (2 or 3 losses?).]

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[The pre-game stop-and-chat.]

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[Ruth (the other Super Fan Ruth) with Aria, her point guard of the future granddaughter.]

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[The Carly Dropik (# 33) Fan Club; and the student section whose sign contents were scrupulously perused by the authorities before they could be displayed!   😉    ]

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[Meanwhile, back at warm-ups.]

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[Good luck to your hockey team.]

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[And back to warm-ups.]

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[Shereee Saxton, whose official title (I believe) is in-charge-of-a-lot-of-school-stuff, e.g., the Cardinal Connection, chaperones the student section while really keeping an eye on the old people to make sure we don’t get out of hand!]

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[The point guard-of-the-future is back with her scouting report.]

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[Kelby Olson-Roedel (13) leads the team back to the bench, lest they otherwise get lost.]

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[The seniors gather to be introduced . . . and be feted with their folks.]

S-S-S-EN, I-I-I-OR, S-E-N-I-O-R-S, SENIORS!

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[Anna Lee (23)]

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[Brooke Heggie (45)]

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[Group shot]

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[Carly Dropik (33)]

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[The coaching staff says good-bye to Kohler’s . . . 30th group of seniors?]

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[Cheyenne Hendrickson (55)]

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[Gretchen Revering (25)]

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[Emily Korkowski (Manager)]

high school game day

[On loan from somebody’s Facebook posting.]

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[And as captured by Ms. Saxton.]

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[ESPN high school gameday hosts.  I recognize Jaran Roste (middle), our football quarterback and a guard on the basketball team.]

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[The real refs were jolly good sports and posed for a photo with their white-caned impersonator.]

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[The five seniors started.  Since that was new to some, they weren’t sure in what order and to whom to share an introductory fist bump.]

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[Let’s get ready to ruummmmbbblllleeee!]

Video of the opening minutes:

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[After the opening video, we pick up play with the usual starters back on the court.]

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[Kendall Kohler (3) forechecking at the center line, recognizing I’m using a hockey analogy.]

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[Kendall now on the offense . . . I believe she avoided a charge here and drew a foul.]

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[Macy Hatlestad (11) feeds Cheyenne in the post.]

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[Kayla Feldhake (43) at the free throw line.  She has the daunting task of replacing both our 6-footers, Brooke and Cheyenne, next year!  😉   ]

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[Amazingly, one game after catching Macy in an on-court figure skating maneuver, Kiyana Miller (21) looks like she’s sliding into a take-off for a triple Lutz!]

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[Kendall eyeballing the pumpkin from a distance.]

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[Brooke on the foul line.  She pretty much had her way in this game as the Eagles didn’t have anyone who could defend her.]

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[Look!  Is that Oscar-winner J. K. Simmons?  He was at the AAAA in 2012.]

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[(Just checking to see if you were paying attention.)]

At the half, the Winter Drum Line:

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[And a shooting contest.  Can you find the ball?]

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[Brooke again . . . ]

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[All five Cardinals poised for a defensive assault.]

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[Kendall and Kiyana prepare for a special ‘K’ double-team.]

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[And did Kiyana get it?]

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[Guess not, but still on in-your-face defense.]

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[Cheyenne and Brooke go for a block, Macy prepares for a deflection.]

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[Fast break!!]

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[Macy for the lay-up.]

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[Brooke was leading scorer.]

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[Carly on top as the Cards go into their motion offense.]

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[Kelby displays what I believe are the teams’ best hops.  And though running styles may affect perception, she and Kiyana appear to be the teams’ greyhounds.]

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[Clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap as the JV players wrap up the victory.]

Whadya mean we only got a 2 seed?  ~  Cub Reporter

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Bonus end-of-season quote:  Doh!!!  ~  Homer Simpson

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Up next:  We host Sauk Rapids-Rice in the first round of the sections on Tuesday.

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[See you at the tournament!  (Photo on loan from a no-longer-remembered social media site – apologies.)]

p.s.  The very next night . . .

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[It’s really tough to beat an evening with The Cheese Bots, an SRO crowd, and a bottle of Don David malbec at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale!  🙂   ]

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