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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar 6-foot-5 sophomore Austin Grove draws a non-shooting foul by 5-foot-10 Benson guard Daniel Lee in the first half. Looking on from left, are Willmar’s Sean Zuidema (15), Benson’s Matt Ahrndt (23), Willmar’s Alex Grove, Benson’s Zach Jensen and Hayden Lee and Willmar’s Austin Rambow (41).

Boys Basketball: Cards rip Benson in rematch of ‘11 title game

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WILLMAR — Austin Rambow hooped 16 points and Kyler Johnson returned from a three-game layoff to score 14 points as the Willmar Cardinals turned back the Benson Braves 71-51 on Wednesday evening on the first day of the Bremer Bank Holiday Classic.


The Cardinals (3-4) will play neighboring New London-Spicer at approximately 7:45 p.m. for the championship.

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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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