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Willmar Kyler Johnson looks to drive from the top of the key tightly guarded by Ryan Vraa of New London-Spicer in the first half at the Bremer Bank Classic at Willmar in Thursday’s championship game. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Boys Basketball: Cards ‘5-peat’ as Bremer champs


WILLMAR — In a gripping finale, the Willmar Cardinals survived a late charge by the New London-Spicer Wildcats to capture the title of the Bremer Bank Holiday Challenge 69-67 on Thursday night.

The outcome wasn’t clear until the final seconds. The Cats’ Joey Dreier drove the baseline closely guarded by Sean Zuidema. His 12-foot jumper over 6-foot-5 Austin Rambow didn’t drop and Willmar rebounded.

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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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