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Special Olympics: Willmar Cardinals win state title

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MINNETONKA -- The Willmar Cardinals won the Full Court Gold Medal by going 4-0 at the Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament held at Minnetonka High School.

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Team members were: Peter Knutson, Danny Kulset, Chase Hodapp, Eric Wankerl, Kayla Harmen, Paige Marquardt and Cody Sommerville.

Hodapp and Wankerl were named Team Co-MVP.

The Willmar Vikings won silver after going 2-2 in Half-Court Division. Lindsey Finnegan was named Team MVP.

The Willmar Red Robins also went 2-2 and earned Silver in their Half-Court Division. Ashley DeFloren was named Team MVP.

The team awards were announced this week at the basketball banquet sponsored annually by the Elks Club. During the presentation, 12-year head coach Todd Paffrath noted that it was the final year for long-time participants Danny Kulset, Eric Wankerl, Lindsey Finnegan and Chase Hodapp.

Willmar statistics

RED ROBINS

Willmar 20, New Ulm 4: Ashley DeFlorin 8, Mandy Lush 4, Daniel Dobransky 8... Perham 20, Willmar 12: DeFlorin 6, Lush 4, Dobransky 2 ... St. Cloud 20, Willmar 10: DeFlorin 6, Lush 4 .... Willmar 20, Cambridge 9: Dobransky 14, DeFlorin 6.

VIKINGS

Willmar 20, Maple Grove 12: Sarah Nelson 2, Lee French 2, Lauren Myrick 6, Lindsey Finnegan 10 ... Alexandria 20, Willmar 12: French 2, Myrick 4, Finnegan 4 ... Willmar 20, Bemidji 8: Nelson 8, French 8, Myrick 2, Finnegan 2 ... Perham 20, Willmar 6: Nelson 2, French 2, Finnegan 2

CARDINALS

Willmar 56, Princeton 24: Peter Knutson 6, Danny Kulset 8, Chase Hodapp 22, Erik Wankerl 12, Kayla Harmen 4, Paige Marquardt 2 ....Willmar 54, Maple Grove 35: Knutson 2, Kulset 8, Hodapp 20, Wankerl 16, Cody Sommerville 4 .... Willmar 39, New Ulm 21: Knutson 3, Kulset 10, Hodapp 14, Wankeral 6, Sommerville 2 ... Willmar 54, Omega Rain 27: Wankerl 19, Kulset 5, Hodapp 17, Knutson 6

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