MARILYN HAGERTY: Hop, skip, jump to UND to see women winDear Shirley, I used to think that going to a volleyball game would be like watching a gym class. Now I think I am getting hooked on watching the UND Sioux women play the game.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
I used to think that going to a volleyball game would be like watching a gym class. Now I think I am getting hooked on watching the UND Sioux women play the game.
The first time I went I had only vague recollections of the game from long, long ago. I knew I kind of liked it because I was taller than most other girls.
Now I am catching on. I hope to get out to the Betty Engelstad Arena tonight and watch the game. What I like about it is the enthusiasm in the bleachers. A group of Sioux football players position themselves right behind the Sioux bench. They cheer like crazy, Shirley.
Well, this team has been winning, winning, winning. That always draws a crowd! Now I have something to cheer for as I wait for the basketball season to get started. The volleyball team is winding down its season. They are playing a team from Texas Pan American of Edinburg, Texas, this evening. That’s a school with an enrollment around 18,000.
I don’t suppose in a big city like Tucson you all get out to the University of Arizona for games. Here in Grand Forks, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump out to the campus. When you watch hockey and all the Sioux sports, it makes the winter fly by.
There’s a young woman from Denmark on the Sioux hockey team by the name of Michelle Karvinen. I have been watching her with great interest because she is from our fatherland. She’s good, Shirley. Maybe great! And it’s like a dream come true to be watching the Lamoureux twins playing here for the Sioux.
I like to go to the women’s hockey games because you can sit wherever you want. I like to sit right behind the goal tender and watch Stephanie Ney.
I think Danny Kristo will be my favorite Sioux hockey player this winter. He is nimble. He’s No. 7. If the football teams does well out in Greeley, Colo., this weekend they will all be my favorite players!
I have decided Maddy Buck is going to be my favorite women’s basketball player this year. She’s from Century High School in Bismarck where my granddaughters Carrie and Anne go to school. Only they aren’t playing basketball.
Let me tell you, Shirley, they are taking Latin. I am so pleased because I think it is basic to most languages. I have harped on that for many years. My other causes are building up the UND Pride of the North Marching Band, cleaning up the junk along the Highway 2 west entrance to the city, putting pigeons in their place . . . and eating Mr. Goodbars.
I would start a crusade to make parking more available on the UND campus – such as for plays at the Burtness. But I am not sure I will live long enough for that.
A person has to be careful in choosing a cause.
What would you like to see changed in Tucson? Or is everything hunky dory there?
Love from your sister Marilyn waiting for the elm tree in the backyard to drop its leaves. The city crews will be around again, but I don’t know how long they will wait to pick up the leaves.
P.S. Some people who like action during the winter have been going to get-acquainted sessions over at the Grand Forks Curling Rink by the park district offices. The last one is tonight.
P.P.S. When I get reincarnated, I think I would like to be a Sioux cheerleader on ice for the hockey games. I love watching them come out with the flags and glide around the ice before games and between periods.
Reach Marilyn Hagerty at email@example.com or at (701) 772-1055.