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MACCRAY guard Corey Abbas, right, drives at the top of the key as Jeff Sandbulte of Hills-Beaver Creek attempts to keep pace in the first half Thursday at Southwest Minnesota State University in the Section 3A championship game in Marshall. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Boys Basketball: MACCRAY secures 3A title, 70-61


MARSHALL -- The MACCRAY Wolverines ended a 12-year drought for Section 3A-North teams Thursday when they knocked off Hills-Beaver Creek 70-61 in the section championship game.

The last 3A-North team to reach state was Central Minnesota Christian of Prinsburg in 1998.

"It's about time," chuckled winning coach Gary Nelson in the post-game celebration on the court at Southwest Minnesota State. MACCRAY earned its first state trip since 1996.

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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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