Faye's FYI – March 26, 2014

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Girls tournament notes

Over the four days that I attended the state girls basketball tournament, I took over 1,300 photos of Goodhue and Kenyon-Wanamingo. Of those 1,300 photos I pared it down to 627 photos. Of those saved shots, 43 made it to my final cut and 32 made it into the paper. With digital cameras it is easy to shoot 300 or more photos a game. Back in the days when we used 35mm film,  one roll of film (40 photos, maybe) was shot in one game. . . This is the sixth straight year where a school that the News-Record covers has qualified for the state tournament. Goodhue went to state in 2009, 2010 and 2011,  Zumbrota-Mazeppa qualified in 2012, Pine Island in 2013 and Kenyon-Wanamingo and Goodhue in 2014. . . When girls basketball was still a two class tournament (1975-1996), I never missed a Class A game. I saw Janet Karvonen of New York Mills score all of her career total points from 1977-1980. Over the past three seasons, I’ve gotten to see Carlie Wager of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva set new records. Karvonen had a very nice jump shot, but she never got to shoot the three-point shot. Wagner is like butter. She can do a pull up jump shot better than any girl I’ve ever seen. She is very hard to defend. Just ask the Kenyon-Wanamingo girls who played excellent defense the entire tournament. . . Costs have gone up. A three-day run at the girls state tournament was $16 back in the late 70s and early 80s. now they are $14 a session. . .After attending basketball at Excel Energy Center, Target Center, Mariucci Arena and Williams Arena, nothing beats Williams Arena as far as the tournament experience goes. . . Both KW’s Siri Sviggum and Goodhue’s Mikayla Miller were Minnesota Miss Basketball contenders, although neither made the final cut of five players. . . Both Sviggum and Miller have yet to pick a college to attend next season. Both plan on playing basketball and both have St. Mary’s in Winona and Gustavus as their choices.

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