Boys Roundball Takes Center Court

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[The Super and I have been on vacation for a couple of weeks (sometimes you just have to get away from the trials and tribulations of retirement). Did you miss us?  We went to a place that was warm and soggy, so upon return home it was nice to receive a present of snow and the onset of lake ice.]

Housekeeping:  Google has taken away the option of mass e-mailings? Thus, I have not been able to send out notice of new postings (the last three?).  I’m working on it, but it appears it will boring and time consuming.

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[We took the red-eye home from Honolulu for the game and . . . we won! Little Falls came to town Saturday night, and I think we were anxious to avenge the defeat the Flyers inflicted on us in last year’s sections.  I’m still trying to catch up but I think our record is now 3 – 1 as we anticipate a pretty good year.]

So, who are these guys . . .

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[Why yes, I am sitting higher up than normal . . . ]

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[The Boy Tenor’s son, a/k/a, the ref, flips a coin to determine who will kick-off.  The Cards won the toss and opted to take the wind in the 2nd half.]

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[Is the Cub Reporter taking our picture again?]

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[Jaran Roste (1), 6’2″ junior is introduced . . . ]

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[Matt Bloom (3), 6’1″ senior]

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[Spencer Hockert (15), 6′ junior]

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[Brayden Amundson (23), 6’3″ senior]

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[And another for the Brauns.]

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[Alec Wensman (25), 6’7″ senior]

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[Coach says to be on the lookout for Kim Kardashian.]

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[Play hard, be good, listen to Mom and Dad, brush your teeth, and be in bed before 10:00!]

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[Jon Mulder prepares to fling the ball toward the rafters . . . ]

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[Where two very tall young men will leap after it.  You will notice in the top photo “The Retired Voice of the Cardinals,” now with Evie, has moved his vantage point to the top of the gym.]

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[The Flyers inbound the ball to a woman occupying the last seat on the bench.  Brayden is aghast!]

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[Here’s Brayden on the point of the defense.  He began the game by hitting two 3’s . . . and his grandparents weren’t even there to see it.]

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[Jaran has a Flyer trapped in the corner . . . well, it certainly appears such.]

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[His father would have been so proud . . . except he was out singing at a Christmas party.]

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[Alec blocks down while Jaran circles the left end.  Jeremiah Burnham (5), 6’2″ senior, fades back to protect the rear flank.]

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[At the half.  What we have learned, sitting with two other learned fans, is the Cards should be pretty competitive this year.  We have good depth and athleticism, and at least early on been hitting a lot of 3’s.  We began this game against the Flyers by hitting I believe 5 of our first 7 3’s and racing out to a big early lead that we maintained all game.  I don’t foresee 3-point shooting as our go to option – that can really come and go. Our strength will be aggressive defense and really pushing the ball on offense. Rebounding may be an issue because of the trapping defense.  OK, there ‘s everything you need to know in a nutshell.]

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[2nd half, Alec comes out for high post defense.  Spencer speeds toward the Flyers pesky No. 5.]

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[Keep an eye on him, Spencer.  At one point in this half, No. 5 hit back-to-back 3’s and then on his next attempt, because he is a high school kid, launched a 3 that went behind the backboard.]

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[Brayden on high post defense . . . ]

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[And then shooting free throws.  We didn’t shoot many for the game . . . and our percentage was not good.  Apparently we shot better in earlier games.]

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[Jaran shoots a jumper.  He did not shoot much but I thought controlled play with his all-around game.  When he gets the ball in the defensive zone, he races it to the other end for distribution.  I’m not sure how many assists he had, but I think ‘a lot’ would define it.]

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[Ref Jon gives me the ‘hi’ sign.]

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[Jaran walking the ball up?  So, it must have been after a Flyer basket.]

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[Looking for a teammate . . . ]

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[Robert Anderson (35), 6’2″ junior hits a jumper to the delight of his teammates.]

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[Trey Hoepner (13), 5’10” freshman, who my fellow fans advised will be a player.]

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[And that’s it.  The Cards let the Flyers close a couple times, but never less than double digits.]

Nothing would induce me to vote for giving women the franchise.  I am not going to be henpecked into a question of such importance.  ~  Winston Churchill

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[A Minnesota morning, Sunday, December 6.]

Up next:  Holiday stuff?

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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