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Members of the Mansfield (Texas) hockey team leave the warming house at the Lincoln School outdoor hockey rink Wednesday night with complimentary cups of hot chocolate provided by Willmar Cardinal hockey parents. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Prep hockey team proves there's more to Texas than playing football


WILLMAR -- High school hockey in Texas? You bet your spurs.

There are 22 indoor sheets in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Mansfield High School, 30 minutes southwest of Dallas, will play 30 games this winter, including three this week at the Willmar Bus Cup at the Civic Center.

Wednesday night they enhanced their North Star immersion playing shinny hockey at the Lincoln Rink on the east side of Willmar. Both the Tigers varsity and JV skated, about 30 boys in all.

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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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