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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Litchfield senior guard Zach Kinny pulls up at the free throw line to cash a jump shot over Melrose 6-4 senior guard Scottie Stone in the first half on Friday night at Litchfield. The Dragons led at intermission 22-18 after trailing 8-1 at the start.

Boys basketball: Litch wins OT battle of No. 1’s


LITCHFIELD — Former No. 1 Litchfield outscored this week’s No. 1 14-8 in overtime to dunk Melrose 65-59 on Friday before a nearly full-house.

The Dragons’ Basketball Alumni Night crowd was treated to some first-class entertainment as the Class AA powers played up to their rank (Litchfield is No. 6 this week).

The Dragons’ Dylan Koll tied the game in regulation, 51-51, making the front end of a 1-and-1 with :04 left.

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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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