Girls Roundball Takes Center Court

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[Tuesday night v. the Rocori Spartans.  The Super and I arrived in time to catch most of the JV game as well . . . always looking to see into the future!  The above photo I think is destined to be the template for both the JV and varsity teams.  It’s like hockey, changing shifts on the fly, run until you’re tired and we’ll substitute fresh bodies.  Here we have Lauren Stockmoe (33), junior; Sarah Frederick (5), junior; Maggie Slagle (15), junior; Taylor Partington (45), sophomore; and Kelby Olson-Rodel (13), junior.  There are only two seniors on the combined varsity and JV teams.]

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[Go JV!!]

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[Kaye Paschke (5), freshman, I remembered as a forward on the soccer team.  If I had been as fast as she is when I was in high school, I “coulda been a contender.”]

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[Lauren inbounds while Courtney Gould (41), sophomore (remember her older sister Amanda?), sets a screen.]

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[Good form on the free throw by Emily Aker (31), sophomore.  Always look to see how the younger players shoot free throws because so many games are decided by that at the varsity level.]

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[Maggie streaks up court in accordance with team policy.]

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[Here comes Kelby (remember her older sister Jaylen?), one of the whippets, i.e., those who when the get a defensive rebound or a steal turn and race up court as fast as they can.]

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[Lauren]

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[I believe it’s Lindsey Knoll (25), sophomore.]

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[The team executed the passing game to perfection, routinely hitting the cutter down the middle for lay-ups.]

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[This is called a roster.]

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[Elise Stockmoe (41), junior, (in warm-ups, followed by other random shots . . . ]

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[Kara Thomson (23), junior, leads Kiyana Miller (21), junior . . . ]

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[Emma Schmidt (25), sophomore]

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[See the last photo.]

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[Kayla Feldhake (43), junior, with the lefty lay-up; Macy Hatlestad (11), junior in the foreground readies a 3; and “Schmidty” on the right.]

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[Emma Ziegler (1), junior, receives a pass – will be “Zig” to not confuse the two Emmas.]

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[Schmidty dribbles out and turns to shoot.]

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[Team captains are Macy, Kayla, and Kendall Kohler (3), senior.  After meeting with the refs, they return to the bench with information about what to do about any Kim Kardashian sightings.]

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[Team intros, most of which didn’t pan out because of excessive telephotoness, Kiyana greeted by Kara.]

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[See, ref, over there.  Isn’t that Kim Kardashian?]

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[As the game begins, “The Voice” (upper left) checks on the status of three Cardinal road games taking place simultaneously.]

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[Schmidty races up court.  Waiting for a report about the left knee brace from dad.]

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[My guess is that the action is taking place at the north end of the gym; proud grandparents Marlene and Richie are in the 2nd row, hoping that all the senior golfers who don’t snowbird remember our dinner at Arrowwood on Friday night!]

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[Kiyana at the line . . . ]

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[Followed by Macy.  I’ve discovered that it’s easier to get good photos when they’re not moving around so fast.]

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[Kiyana and Kendall check with the boss . . .]

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[While Macy finishes up.  There was some concern about shooting after the season opening loss at Detroit Lakes (a surprise even for the Lakers) where the team only made 50% of their free throws and were 0 – 14 on 3’s. This game started the same way where our first half shooting percentage had to be . . . well, not good.  Even the old tried-and-trues, Macy and Kendall, were missing wide open 3’s, sometimes badly.  I was wondering if Macy was still making adjustments coming back from her ACL.  So, things were looking up again when she, normally an 80% foul shooter, canned these two.]

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[Kayla, top, and . . . Zig?]

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[Zig finishes a break as the first half comes to a close.]

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[The score was “only” this close because we didn’t shoot well . . . but the defense never rests.]

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[Kayla, about whom I said at the end of last year, so much depends on her now because all our bigs graduated.  We may not be tall, but we’re not short either.  That probably requires further explanation.  Kayla will be facing taller centers all year, but she is a good athlete.  And during the game I noted to a gentleman who knows a little bit about endurance and conditioning, Mr. Hasz, that Kayla was the last of the starters to come out for a blow despite the up-tempo pace of the game.  We’re “not short” at the guard and wing positions where our length at 5’8″ and 5’9″ will create a lot of turnovers.]

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[Zig is one of our lengthies here applying pressure at the point of the press.]

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[Macy delivers a pass to Kendall; Kendall reciprocates.]

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[Zig spreading to cover the passing lanes.]

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[In the 2nd half, Macy and her teammates starting finding their strokes, and the shots, and finally their 3’s, started dropping.]

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[Schmidty at the charity stripe . . .]

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[Take off the press?]

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[Another good sign when Kendall, also normally an 80% foul shooter, touched nothing but twine on both shots.  Which she also did later from her usual 3 distance, about 5 feet beyond the line.]

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[I believe Lauren . . . apologies if I have the Stockmoe sisters mixed up.]

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[McKenzie Duwenhoegger (35), freshman, and a close personal relative of the high school principal.]

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[Sarah Frederick (5), junior (and from the warm-up photos)]

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[You weren’t really nervous about the final score, were you?]

Fans never fall asleep at our games, because they’re afraid they might get hit by a pass.  ~  George Raveling

Up next:  There must be more games?

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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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