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Sixth-year Willmar diver standing tall

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Bennet Woltjer scored 231.90 on the 1-meter board Tuesday night in a dual meet. That's 3 points short of his career-best. The Willmar Cardinal senior has an eye on the school record board and the 272.1 score posted by Darren Melin in 1985.

He's come a long way in six years. He began as a raw seventh-grader with no background in the sport. The program had had no divers the previous two seasons and no coach.

He was 4-foot-7 and didn't weigh much more than a trophy musky.

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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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