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Willmar guard Andrew Bangen, left, blocks a shot a by Alexandria forward Shawn Krueger in the first half Saturday at Willmar. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Unbeaten ride continues for Willmar boys


WILLMAR -- In workmanlike fashion the Willmar Cardinals nailed down their 10th win without a loss, hammering Alexandria 61-44 on Saturday evening.

Willmar takes a 5-0 Central Lakes record to St. Cloud Tech (5-0, 10-0) on Tuesday. Rocori is also 5-0 in the CLC, creating a three-way jam at the top.

Willmar led the visiting Cardinals (2-3, 5-3) 37-24 at intermission. The lack of tension generated little excitement in the crowd estimated at 625.

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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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