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New London-Spicer’s Taylor Thunstedt throws the ball in the air in celebration as time expired in the Wildcats’ 84-81 overtime victory over Sauk Centre in the Section 6AA title game on Friday at St. Cloud State, as the Mainstreeters’ Amanda Weir looks on. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Girls basketball: NLS tops Sauk in OT to earn spot at state

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ST. CLOUD — Finally, after 28 games, it was post time for the New London-Spicer thoroughbreds and they delivered.

In a rollicking good-time basketball game that needed overtime to find separation, the Wildcats nudged the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters to the finish line by a nose, 84-81 Friday at St. Cloud State.


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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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