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Litchfield's Riley Pater looks to go up for a shot against Redwood Valley's Alec Koster (11) during the Dragons' 64-55 double overtime win Wednesday in the Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament at Williams Arena. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

State Basketball: Dragons prevail in OT, play in semis Friday

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MINNEAPOLIS — There’s something about Williams Arena to bring out the excitement of high-school basketball.

The Barn was wasn’t full like the old days of one-size-fits-all basketball, but it was plenty noisy and there was no lack of edge-of-your-seat drama as the Litchfield Dragons finally repelled the Redwood Valley Cardinals 64-55 in double overtime in the Class AA quarterfinals.


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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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