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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar’s Tate Hovland charges the net to make the return with partner Tom Nilles-Melchert poised to react in the 1-doubles match in the section tournament opener Tuesday in Willmar.

Boys tennis: Cards advance in 2AA South

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WILLMAR — No. 4 Willmar Cardinals took three singles points and two more in the pairs competition on Tuesday to erase No. 5 New Ulm 5-2 in the first-round of the South sub-Section 2AA tennis tournament.


It was 90-degree with a hefty west wind blowing cross-court. Despite the adverse conditions, play was quite sharp.

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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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