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Connor Goodwin, left, of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa looks for an open teammate while being pressured by Scott Lampton of Norman County East in the first half Friday in the Section 6A championship at UM-Morris. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

BBE earns first state trip for boys basketball


MORRIS -- So far, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa could hardly ask for anything more.

There's a conference title, a sub-section title and now the first ever section championship trophy after whipping Norman County East 66-39 behind crushing defense Friday in the 6A trophy game.

Oh, yes - the Jaguars are headed to the Class A state tournament at 30-0.

BBE will play Goodhue (24-7), the Section 1A champion, at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

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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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