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Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa junior center Connor Goodwin feels the impact of the Jaguars' first loss of the season after fouling out late in the Class A championship game against Springfield Saturday at Target Center in Minneapolis. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Springfield tops BBE in Class A final


MINNEAPOLIS - A magic carpet ride for the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa boys basketball team ended Saturday afternoon -- one day short of perfection.

The Jaguars met their match in the Class A championship game at Target Center.

The No. 8-ranked Springfield Tigers, largely overlooked in this tournament field, sprang past the Jaguars in the second half to win the first-place trophy, 70-58.

BBE came in 32-0, but the No. 1-ranked team didn't shoot like it.

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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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