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Three Cardinals advance to State gymnastics

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LITCHFIELD — The Willmar Cardinals will send three gymnasts to the Class A State Meet at the University of Minnesota’s Sport Pavilion. Kendell Hein and Stephanie Thompson each advance in all-around and Hayley Mottinger will go in vault. Thompson also qualified in the floor exercise and balance beam and Hein in the vault, where she and her teammate Mottinger tied for third.

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Melrose, as expected, outdistanced the field with a score of 149.100. Willmar received the runner-up trophy at 139.850. New London-Spicer took third and Benson/KMS fourth. 

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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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