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Senior Tom LaPatka rollerskis back to the high school after a workout on the Glacial Lakes State Trail on Tuesday. The Cardinal Nordic ski team is hoping for snow, or at least freezing temperatures, to make snow for their opener Dec. 3 in St. Cloud. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Six Cardinal sports to take flight next week

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It's nearly December and a mass liftoff of Cardinal winter sports.

Boys hockey starts Tuesday and then gymnastics, skiing, wrestling and girls basketball all on Thursday. But wait, there's more. Boys basketball, at home, vs. Hastings comes up next Friday.


Girls hockey will have in four games by next week, while the swimmers and divers commence Dec. 10.

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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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