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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar’s Brady Damhof steals-and-deals off the Cardinal press in the first period on Friday in Willmar.

Boys basketball: Cardinals weather the Storm

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WILLMAR — Shooting at a 50 percent clip — that included 11 of 21 three-point shots — the Willmar Cardinals breezed by the winless Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm 76-52 in a Central Lakes Conference game on Friday evening.

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Scoring was well distributed for the Cardinals, now 4-1 in the CLC. Six players had at least six points.

Kyler Johnson plinked for 19 points, Dylan Schueler 13 Adam Nibaur 10, Joel Carter 9, and Tyler Stegeman 8.

Austin Grove and Brady Damhof contributed six points each.

Willmar (8-3) burned the east net for 45 points in the first half against the Storm’s 2-3 zone to lead by 15.

While the Cardinals made exactly half of their 48 shots, the visitors made a third of their 62 attempts. Alex Burkland, a 5-9 guard, topped the Storm with 14 points.

Carter had a fine all-around game. Besides his 9 points, the senior guard supplied 9 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of steals.

Next up, on Tuesday, Willmar is up at Brainerd.

Willmar 76, Sauk Rapids-Rice 52

Sauk Rapids (0-6, 0-11)   30  22 — 52

Willmar (4-1, 8-3)              45  30 — 76

SAUK RAPIDS-RICE – 21-62 FG (4-17 3-pt); 6-9 FT; 37 rebounds; 17 fouls … Scoring: Alec Burkland 14, Jacob Doman 11, Ismail Ali 5, Mitch Waldorf 6, Cody Landwehr 8, Austin Lorentz 8 … 3-point shots: Burkland, Ali, Doman, Waldorf … Rebound leaders: Lorentz 7, Doman 5, Waldorf 4… Assist leaders: Connor Lynch 2, Landwehr 2

WILLMAR – 24-48 FG (11-21 3-pt); 16-24 FT; 30 rebounds; 9 fouls … Scoring: Brady Damhof 6, Tyler Stegeman 8, Joel Carter 9, Dylan Schueler 13, Kyler Johnson 19, Adam Nibaur 10, Luke Lippert 2, Austin Grove 6 … 3-point shots: Damhof 2, Stegeman 2, Schueler, Johnson 4, Nibaur 2 … Rebound leaders: Carter 9, Schueler 3, Johnson 4, Lippert 3, Grove 3 … Assist leaders: Carter 5, Stegeman 4 … Steal leaders: Stegeman 3, Johnson 3, Carter 2

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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. 

(320) 214-4334
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