Winsome, Lose Some

January 2

One of the biggest things researchers are finding that keeps girls engaged in sports is access to their heroes and mentors—even if it’s just seeing them.  To see a banner or a poster or an ad featuring someone like you is monumental.  ~  Alana Paterson

Hockey

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[Future Cardinals (U-12’s?) warmed up the ice before . . . ]

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[The girl/boy hockey doubleheader against Brainerd.  The girls had been on the road for a month – their last home game was December 5th.  It was a difficult month, playing big schools on their home rinks.  Brainerd/Little Falls, last year’s class 2A state runner-up, would also prove to be a tough chore . . . ]

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[I noticed again at the pre-game introductions we would be at significant size disadvantage again . . . ]

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[The player introductions, the one time in a game a photographer can predict what is about to happen and be ready for it.  First up, sophomore Jordan O’Kane (1) . . . ]

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[Then senior Mayson Toft (14) . . . ]

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[Junior Ali Castle (22) . . . ]

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[Junior Anna Doherty (7) . . . ]

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[Junior Marki Obert (10) . . . ]

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[Sophomore Kaci Trosvig (25) . . . ]

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[A secret meeting held in the open . . . ]

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[And away we go . . . ]

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[Cardinals on the defensive early with freshman Ella Westlund (19) and sophomore Makenna Aure (17) . . . ]

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[Makenna scored the Cards first goal . . . ]

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[And celebrated . . . ]

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[Tough game, not a lot of offense from either team . . . ]

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[Anna and Marki, though still only juniors, seem to have been paired together for a really long time . . . ]

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[And quite successfully . . . ]

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[Then Kaci and Makenna join the party . . . ]

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[I’m sure all Cardinal fans are glad she still has another two years ahead of her . . . ]

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[Here come Kaci and Anna . . . ]

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[And Kaci takes a long shot . . . ]

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[Sophomore Hanley Block (28) applies defensive pressure . . . ]

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[And appears to have succeeded . . . ]

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[Hanley’s linemate freshman Lauren Maras (27) . . . ]

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[Kaci and Marki, and if junior Maci Tillesjkor (29) and been out there with them, it would have been the all first name ending “i” line . . . }

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[Here comes Makenna again . . . ]

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[And then Anna scored the Cards’ second goal . . . ]

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[The super young line of Ella, Lauren, and Hanley . . . ]

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[I left after the 2nd period to move on to the basketball game.  It was clear the Flying Warriors were a bit too big and strong for our Cards.  The final score was 6 – 2.]

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Basketball

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[I think they reviewed what the captains discussed at the hockey game.  Likely, as usual, about post-game dining options . . . ]

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[I think the ref said whoever lost the coin flip would buy . . . ]

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[Warm-ups . . . ]

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[Intros:  Junior Jaya Hatlestad (3) . . . ]

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[Senior Mia McGrane (5) . . . ]

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[Senior Ella Grove (11) . . . ]

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[Junior Alayna Strand (25) . . . ]

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[Junior Lilly Horn (33) . . . ]

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[Alayna jumps . . . ]

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[Quick and athletic, she often gets the tip against taller players . . . ]

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[With four Cards in this shot, I assume the 5th, Mia, got the ball . . . ]

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[I just watched in the first half.  Brainerd has a good team with some good shooters, but the Card full-court pressure makes it difficult for everybody.  I took this shot when I noticed Mia and Ella, our two seniors, had all but 4 of our team’s points.  I asked Mia’s mom, who was sitting behind me, who would be our scorers next year.  Somehow it always works out . . . ]

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[Ella for two.  Both she and Mia scored a lot of their points on diagonal drives through the lane and then putting up a short bank shot going away . . . ]

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[Alayna jumps center and then plays the point on the press.  If you could design a player for this role, it would be Alayna . . . ]

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[The Brainerd player, number 24, was a very good player, but I bet she saw Alayna in her dreams that night . . . ]

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[Lilly with a catch and shoot . . . ]

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[On a “3” . . . ]

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[Ella cuts in for a rebound, while junior Mataya Hoelscher (23) readies for defense . . . ]

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[Warriors trying to cross midcourt against the press . . . ]

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[Lilly appears to be passing in to a posting Ella . . . ]

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[And we end with a “3” attempt by the Warriors . . . ]

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[The Cards again got to play a lot of players as we won surprisingly handily . . . ]

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[Mia and Ella ended up high scorers, with 19 and 17, respectively.]

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Winsome

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How good does a female athlete have to be before we can just call her an athlete?  ~  Unknown

Up Next: Workin’ on it . . .

 

 

 

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