Fun With Dick and Jane

February 5

The censors in academia and statehouses have much in common: a deep fear that their own ideas and values cannot survive exposure to contrary views, and the conviction that the discomfort difference produces in intolerable – even traumatic. ~ William Falk

The Cardinal girls and boys played the final two games in the 2022 Breakdown Winter Lakes Classic. Hence, the “Fun With Dick & Jane” title. However, neither team had a “Dick” or “Jane,” names from a distant, more idyllic past . . .


[The Cardinals played the Marshall Tigers in both games. Here’s the tipoff of the girls game (obviously). Freshman Hadley Thul (11) jumped for the Cards, aided and abetted by fellow freshmen Allie Haabala (33) and Chloe Scholl (15). The Cards start four freshmen, with MaCee Linow (21), against a ranked Marshall team that is undefeated in its conference . . . ]

[Aaaah, the good ole days when I actually could play the Cub Reporter, when there were three blog postings a week instead of three a month. I’m getting rusty (not that one would notice a difference from the unrusted one) . . . ]

[The teams gather for the above referenced opening tap . . . ]

[Hadley, as a lanky 6’1″, has won all her tipoffs, as I recall. In this game she was up against a 6’2″ player and three 6-footers giving the Tigers a distinct size advantage . . . ]

Walt Disney World is nearly 30,000 acres or 48 square miles. That is more than 80 times the size of Monaco. Grace Kelly would have been queen of a larger and wealthier kingdom if she’d married Uncle Walt instead of Prince Rainier. ~ Eve Zibart

[A Tiger launched a shot – I can’t remember if it went in . . . ]

[Our lone senior starter, Tessa McGrane (5), kept in eye on Brianna Simpson (23), one of the Tigers’ leading scorers . . . ]

[Looks like the beginnings of a pile up in Aisle 3 . . . ]

Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic. ~ Dan Rather

[Cardinal coach Wendy Kohler is pointing for her team to go the other direction . . . ]

[Chloe Scholl shooting a free throw, though camera thought it important for only the referee to be in focus . . . ]

[Hadley inbounds in front of the Cardinal logo background . . . ]

[The Cards played a terrific first half . . . ]

[The shoot around before the start of the 2nd half . . . ]

[Hadley working on her 3-pointer from the corner . . . ]

Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty eight and forty. ~ James Thurber

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest. ~ Larry Lorenzoni

It takes a long time to grow young. ~ Pablo Picasso

[The Cards built the lead to 43 – 30 with 8 minutes left in the game . . . ]

The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers. ~ Dave Barry

Never underestimate the therapeutic power of driving and listening to very loud music. ~ Unknown

[And then the roof caved in! The Cards did not score another point . . . ]

[Even free throws, which have been a team bug-a-boo all season, weren’t falling . . . ]

[The Tigers ended the game on a 25 – 0 run, something I’m sure Coach Kohler has never endured in her career . . . ]

Sometimes all you need is a great friend and a tank of gas. ~ Thelma and Louise

[As we have previously noted, the Cards are an very young team. I’m sure this recent “habit” of losing control of games in the final minutes is something they will eventually overcome . . . ]


If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. ~ George Monbiot

[The Cards 6’8″ sophomore center Grayson Grove wins another tipoff. But I have to say Marshall was more than impressive during warm-ups. They have a 6’9″ player and it seemed about 6 other players over 6’5″?]

[Unlike the girls team, the boys, except for Grayson, are almost all seniors. This is the year to do something big . . . ]

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.  ~  Mary Oliver

Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. ~ Maurice Chevalier

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you have not committed. ~ Anthony Powell

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life. ~ Kitty Collins

[Marshall is highly ranked, is in first place in their conference, but the Cards controlled this game from the get go with their pressure defense . . . ]

I vote for Boulder Tap House after the game . . .

[Senior guard Carter Steffensmeier (0) (and football quarterback) at the line. He leads the team with his hard driving offense and defense . . . ]

[The senior Sansted twins (Myles (11) and Peter (12) mirror each other bring the ball up court. Peter is getting more playing recently and taking advantage of it . . . ]

[Junior 6’2″ Jaxon Schoenrock (4) and senior 6’4″ Elijah Vanderveer (42) join Grayson (middle) on defense . . . ]

[Excellent first half, as well as they’ve played in a while . . . ]

[Carter @ the free throw line . . . ]

Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. ~ Jerry Seinfeld

[It seemed to me after the game that Grayson may have had a double-double in rebounds and blocked shots. I can’t find any stats on it. But this is my attempt to capture him getting a blocked shot when hat-on-backwards spoiled the shot!]

[A decisive win against a quality team . . . ]

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I’m tired of being set upon by crazed Christians one minute and unbridled libertines the next. Girls, I’m going camping. ~ Bailey White


[I had planned on attending a special girl-boy hockey doubleheader on February 8. It was 36 degrees on the day (the first day above freezing since July) and there was water on top of the ice in the rink’s parking lot. I tried two different spots – I was taking my life in my hands at either one. I went back home. I was able to watch the girls game streamed. The Cards beat Bemidji 6 – 1 with the first ever hat trick from senior defense MaKenna Aure. And the boys team beat St. Cloud 5 – 4 in the nightcap. Both teams seems to be peaking nicely as sections approach. Photos below from the Cardinal Connection.]

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