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Willmar Cardinals senior Hannah Smith has concentrated on volleyball and basketball, but may add track or softball for the first time this spring. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Now in a league of her own

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Growing up under a large shadow cast by an older brother isn't all bad.

It seems as though Hannah Smith would have it no other way.


It was by playing games with Jordan -- older by two years -- and his friends that she learned quickly to compete or get crushed.

In her senior year at Willmar High School, Hannah has emerged fully into a spotlight of her own making.

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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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