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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Releasing from the high bar, Rachel Vraa of Wings I eyes the landing before rotating to stick her dismount under the gaze of spotter and team coach Rob Esse on Sunday in Willmar.

Gymnastics: Willmar Wings take 1st home win in 7 years

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WILLMAR — The Willmar Wings won it all in the 13th annual Kids in America Gymnastics Invitational on Sunday.

Wings I scored 132.7 to edge Junior Tigers I of St. Cloud at 132.150 by .550 of a point. Wings II also placed first scoring 120.7 to top the Mankato Storm at 119.3.

Ten teams participated, six in the senior division at the Kennedy School gymnasium before a large crowd.

Wings coach Rob Esse said the Wings I victory came as a surprise.

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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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