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Brandon Madsen, right, of MACCRAY beats the tag by Wabasha-Kellogg catcher Tommy Greenheck to the score the game's first run. He scored from first on a double by Tyler Dammann in the first inning of the Class A championship game at Chaska's Athletic Park. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

MACCRAY takes state crown

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CHASKA -- Kelly Siverhus, a senior, held the Class A championship trophy while walking up the third base line, surrounded by well-wishers, as the sun set behind Chaska's quaint stadium on the Minnesota River bottoms.

"I can't believe it," he said. "Everyone played so well -- especially at the end."

Believe it. MACCRAY's baseball team is the 2009 Class A champions.

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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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