Cardinals gather for outdoor basketball during youth sports pause

It's been unusually warm this winter, which is helping the Alexandria girls basketball team get ahead of the game.

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Since temperatures reached the upper 40s on Wednesday, Dec. 9, ten teammates from the Alexandria girls basketball team — Ella Regnier, Macee Linow, Kinslee Gange, Lydia Oldenkamp, Greta Oldenkamp, Chloe Scholl, Camree Miller, Ella Sayre, Addie Rossum and Elle Heydt — got together to practice outside. (Jasmine Johnson / Echo Press)

Winter sports teams are not allowed to hold official practices right now, but that didn't stop the Alexandria basketball players from taking advantage of the nice weather last Wednesday by getting outside.

While the boys and girls basketball teams anxiously wait for the state-wide shutdown to end, several players from grades 8-12 gathered at Matt Kjelland Memorial Courts to get some shots up. It’s an effort to stay in shape mentally and physically with athletes hoping they can safely play a winter season in the coming months.

“It’s been awesome to see these kids take initiative during this time,” Alexandria girls basketball head coach Wendy Kohler said. “I can’t be the one to hold practices or anything like that right now. These kids are amazing, and they’re fired up. They’re excited to get back out there.”

Kohler’s was not at the outdoor courts last week and by rule cannot lead practices during the pause in sports. Outside of school-led online workouts, the players are breaking off into smaller groups led by the seniors. These virtual sessions are a way for the veterans to introduce the Cardinal’s style of play to the rookies.

“All of this is senior driven because they know this is it,” Kohler said. “They’ve been so awesome and so great with their younger teammates. And these younger girls have been so good too. Just thinking about the boys and the girls getting out there (Wednesday) is really special. I think everybody wants to get a little normalcy these days.”


Winter sports teams are likely to find out this week if the pause in sports will be extended or not after Dec. 18, with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz expected to address the issue on Wednesday.

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The Alexandria girls basketball team took advantage of the warm weather Wednesday, Dec. 9, and played a few pick-up games at the Matt Kjelland Memorial Courts on Broadway Street. (Jasmine Johnson / Echo Press)

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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