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On Albany's first play from scrimmage Friday, Erik Tengwall (20) and John Nething (36) of New London-Spicer tackle Sam Conrad in the end zone for a safety during the Section 6AAA final at St. Cloud State's Husky Stadium. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

NLS heading back to state

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ST. CLOUD - The New London-Spicer Wildcats are back in state.

For the second time, they did it by beating the renowned Albany Huskies, who have been to state 18 times.

This time it was a thrilling 20-18 victory in the Section 6AAA final on Friday.

"It feels better because it was so close," said NLS senior John Nething when asked to compare the consecutive titles. "It came down to defense and making big plays."

The outcome was in doubt until the final seconds.

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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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