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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar sophomore Stephanie Thompson stabs the vault table for her second try, eyed by the Cardinals’ coach Larry Selchow, left, on Saturday in Willmar. The scores are for Thompson’s first vault.

Prep gymnastics: Cardinals third in CLC


WILLMAR — St. Cloud Tech won another Central Lakes Conference title, but here come the Willmar Cardinals.

Led by four-time all-around champions Mariah Miller, the Tigers claimed their ninth straight CLC championship Saturday.

Tech surpasses Willmar by one for most conference titles won with 12 dating to the league’s start in 1977-78.

The Cardinals made a big jump in the standing after placing eighth in 2011 and seventh in 2012.

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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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