Cardinal Girls – 12, Detroit Lakes – 0

January 15

I spent the early minutes of the hockey game listening to the Cardinal girls basketball game on the radio.  We lost on the road 45 – 44 to an also highly ranked Willmar Cardinals team.  Our Cardinals, ranked No. 1, were the last class AAA team to lose a game this season.  We will be back!  In other basketball news, I discovered today, while still “moving into” our new home, that I have been to 24 Final Fours (the last in 2010) . . . 

 

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[The Cardinals were already ahead 3 – 0 when I arrived in the RCC about halfway through the 1st period.  Here our goalie, Hailee Bailey (35), attempts to keep herself occupied when most of the action is at the other end of the ice . . . ]

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[Then the Cardinals scored goal No. 4, Alexis Heckert (20), from Anna Doherty (7) and Marki Oberg (10) . . . ]

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[Here’s Mayson Toft (14), who always seems to be stationed in the same part of the building I’m in . . . ]

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[Helping to keep Hailee safe from harm . . . ]

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[With additional help from Hadlee Hansen (18) . . . ]

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[Mayson, with Erin O’Kane (26) in the background . . . ]

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[Ali Castle (22) on the defense . . . ]

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[Opposition goal prevented . . . ]

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[Ali is one of the large group of freshmen and sophomores who are fleet askate . . . ]

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[Head manning the puck to center ice . . . ]

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[And the Cards get goal No. 5, McKenna Ellingson (24), from Mayson . . . ]

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[Total dominance by the Cards through the 1st period . . . ]

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[And here comes “Mr. National Anthem” . . . ]

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[Roger Riley, also an original Super Fan, has been singing the Anthem at girls’ games for many years now.  His winning percentage is about .95 . . . ]

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[The varsity stays on the ice between periods so Cardinals-of-the-future can get in some ice time . . . ]

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[The start of the 2nd period.  Then I was a victim of a photographer’s faux pas – a dead camera battery with no spare.  I was dead in the water.  As noted in the title, however, the Cards had a easy road to victory.  We led 11 – 0 at the end of the 2nd, when I left because the game was no longer in doubt, obviously.  The team now goes on the road for their final four regular season games.  They certainly appear to be peaking at just the right time . . . ]

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I never thought I’d lose, I only thought I’d win.  ~  Elton John song

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