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Senior attacker Graham Dahl, right, picks up the ball from junior midfielder Jose Hernandez during Willmar's first-round win over Hutchinson on Oct. 10 at Kennedy Field. The Cardinals have gotten scoring production from each of the mids and forwards. Tribune file photo by Rand Middleton

Two 'birds' to peck for perch in section 2A boys soccer final

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WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals have a score to settle within their species.

A year ago this week, the underdog Fairmont Cardinals winged up to Kandiyohi County, beat the favored home-town Cardinals in their own nest 3-2 and then soared home.


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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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