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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton The last stone (yellow) delivered in the semifinal round between Connecticut and North Dakota heads beyond the Home scoring area with an assist from Connecticut’s Rebecca Adams, right, while two red rocks remain in the ring despite the efforts of Ann Podoll, center, of North Dakota. Nate Clark, left, of Team Surka Connecticut, reacts to the two points which gave the No. 2 seed a come-from-behind win in the final End at the USA Curling Mixed National Championship semifinals.

USA Curling Mixed Nationals: Connecticut gains final on last stone, faces upstart Wisconsin

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WILLMAR — Perhaps the best way to describe the climatic ending to the semifinal round of the USA Curling Mixed National Championship is to say it went down to the last pitch on a 3-and-2 count with two out and two on in the 10th inning.

The pitch was the equivalent of a ball, walking home both the tying and winning runs.

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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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