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WILLMAR — What’s trending with the Cardinals boys basketball team?

How about “Crunch-time blues”?

For the third time in three games, the Cardinals couldn’t get it done in the closing minutes.


 This time the setback came in overtime to Rocori. The Spartans nudged the home team 5 to 4 in the extra-period for a 63-62 win Thursday in a Central Lakes contest.

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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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