Cardinal Boys – 67, Bemidji – 53

January 19

Bemidji came to town with a 9 – 0 record; they left town with a 9 – 1 record.  Our Cards have now won 3 in a row and are 7 – 6.

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[The action was fast and furious in the JV game . . . ]

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[Our Cards pulled away at the end for a nice win . . . ]

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[Then the varsity claimed the floor . . . ]

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[And then the opening tip . . . ]

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[Something you don’t see often in Minnesota high school basketball . . . ]

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[The Lumberjacks have a 6’9″ senior center; the Cards countered with a 6’11” sophomore center, Treyton Thompson (42) . . . ]

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[And as so often happens, neither got the tip . . . ]

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[Cardinal guards sophomore Colton Roderick (35) and junior Carrson Jones (11) on defense . . . ]

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[The Cards jumped out to a quick early lead and maintained it throughout the game.  Here Colton is joined by the game’s leading scorer, senior forward Anders Hedstrom (22) . . . ]

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[Treyton is a very good shooter and likely canned both here . . . ]

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[But he and senior guard Trey Hoepner (0) each picked up 2 early fouls and sat out most of the first half.  Nevertheless, the team held on to the early lead . . . ]

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[Treyton didn’t have a big scoring game, but he dominated with blocked shots and rebounds . . . ]

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[Anders is just a solid, non-flashy player who does well in all facets . . . ]

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[Inbounding over Treyton has got to be fun?]

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[Cards looking for a break out with Carrson on the far wing, freshman Kristen Hoskins (21) in the middle, and junior Cody Branson (3) on the left . . . ]

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[The chaos clears – Kristen walks it up . . . ]

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[There it goes . . . ]

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[Colton under intense defensive scrutiny.  The Lumberjacks are a junior-senior team and used their strength to advantage in a physical game . . . ]

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[Bodes well for the future when your guards are a freshman and a sophomore . . . ]

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[Photo-bombed by the ref . . . ]

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[At the half, the Cards were impressive . . . ]

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[And Carrson, another starting guard, will also be back next year . . . ]

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[Ready to inbound to Colton . . . ]

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[Treyton can put the ball on the floor and drive . . . ]

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[The collective fan brain trust . . . ]

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[Colton with freebies . . . ]

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[The bigs underneath.  The ‘Jacks kept going to their center to see if he could draw fouls from Treyton.  Treyton did a good job avoiding them . . . ]

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[Kristen and Carrson with high defense . . . ]

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[Can’t remember if it was a block or a foul, but Treyton kept out of foul trouble . . . ]

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[Does this look 3D to you?]

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[Trey pushes hard with Anders . . . ]

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[Excellent win.  There were concerns about Colton and Carrson who both had to be helped off the court in the 2nd half.  I haven’t heard the extent of their injuries.]

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[Good for us!!]

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Our offense is like the Pythagorean Theorem. There is no answer.  ~  Shaquille O’Neal

Up Next:  Continuing with the sports/Spain conundrum.

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