Card Boys Win Section Opener

March 5

The tournament most famous for bringing humongous snow storms to the state is under way.  Fittingly, it looks like a big one is on the way . . . 

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[The team looked relaxed during warm-ups.  But this is tournament time . . . ]

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[And they’re high school kids.  It’s normal to be nervous when you’re in a lose- and-go-home situation.  And against Sauk Rapids, this would be the 3rd time in two weeks.  We won by 30, and lost by 3?  Go figure?]

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[The school’s activity director escorts the father of famous Cardinal alums to his seat . . . ]

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[At first I thought he was escorting an uninvited loiterer out of the building . . . ]

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[For dining on school property after hours . . . ]

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[The aforementioned famous alums . . . ]

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[Sauk Rapids jumped the jump . . . ]

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[But it wasn’t called . . . ]

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[Go figure?]

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[Carsson Jones (11), not afraid of taking it to the “hup” and getting fouled . . . ]

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[But as a team, free throw shooting has been a bit of hit or miss . . . ]

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[Colton Roderick (35), at 6’4″ and healthy after an earlier in season ankle sprain, is a force at the top of the defense . . . ]

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[Like our girls team, steals and break outs are a big part of the boys offense . . . ]

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[Colton at the line . . . ]

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[Then Anders Hedstrom (22), our solid senior . . . ]

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[Not a lot of photos in the half.  The game was frought with tournament jitters yielding lots of mistakes.  Carsson and Treyton Thompson (42), our 6’11” center, both had two early fouls.  Treyton played less than half of the half accordingly . . . ]

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[The Storm scored the first 5 points of the 2nd half to tie the game.  Then the Cardinals took off.  They played with energy and crispness and looked like a team that would be a hard out . . . ]

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[We play basically a four guard offense, with these 3 (Senior Trey Hoepner (0)) and Anders to go with Treyton . . . ]

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[Carsson is our defensive stopper . . . ]

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[And he gets fouled when he drives . . . ]

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[Treyton was a force in the 2nd half.  He had a perfect shooting night – 7 for 7 from the field, 2 for 2 from the line  . . . ]

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[The Cards are hard to figure.  They’re medicore at best from the free throw line, but we were an excellent 8 for 18 on 3’s?  All 5 starters had at least one 3, meaning all must be guarded on the outside.  It may not be this year, but they will be a team to follow with so many key underclassmen.  Next up, Sartell in the semi-finals . . . ]

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They shot the ball well early. What comes out of the microwave hot doesn’t always stay hot. I know, because I eat bagels in the morning.  ~  Shaquille O’Neal

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