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Tribune photos by Rand Middleton Willmar’s Stephanie Thompson tied for third in the floor exercises on Saturday at the Section 6A tournament in Litchfield.

Prep gymnastics: Willmar sends three to state meet


LITCHFIELD — Willmar will send three girls to the Class A Gymnastics Individual State Meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.

Junior  Stephanie Thompson reached in all-around (35.575), floor exercises (9.4) and beam (9.2); sophomore Kendall Hein, tying with her teammates for third, advanced in all-around and vault, again a third-place tie with another teammate, Haley Mottinger, both at 9.275.

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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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