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Boys basketball: Falcons make return trip to state

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton George Toops displays his rare trifecta: His tickets from the three Major League Baseball All-Star Games hosted by the Minnesota Twins — $4 at Met Stadium in 1965, $30 at the Metrodome in ’85 and $275 for Tuesday’s game at Target Field.

An All-Star Game triple play

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NEW LONDON —  To use the baseball vernacular, George Toops completed a remarkable triple play on Tuesday.

He attended the American League’s 5-3 win over the National League Tuesday at Target Field. He was also at the Metrodome in 1985 when the Senior Circuit won 6-1, the loss going to starter and St. Paul native Jack Morris, then of the Detroit Tigers.


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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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