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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Minnehaha Academy's Thomas Gedion (20) tosses up the winning shot as New London-Spicer's Brett Olson takes a swipe at the ball Saturday in New London.

Boys Basketball: NLS can't maintain sizeable lead; falls at buzzer


NEW LONDON -- The Wildcats led all the way but Minnehaha Academy had the last laugh.

The Redhawks, who trailed by 19 with six minutes left in the second half, overtook New London-Spicer in the last minute and then broke a 69-all tie with a rebound basket with just a second left.

The private school along the Mississippi River returned to St. Paul with a 2-0 record after beating the Wildcats 71-69 on Saturday afternoon and Class AA power Perham (29-3 last season) on Friday.

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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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