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WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals fell to 0-2 in the young season with their second close loss.

The St. Cloud Apollo Eagles pulled away from Cards at the free throw line to win 61-57 in the Central Lakes opener for both teams.


The Cardinals, who lost 57-54 at Hutchinson, faltered at the free-throw line where just 12 of 25 fell  through.

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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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