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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton These 2010 Robbinsdale Cooper graduates were each born in Africa, came to the U.S.A in the late 1990s and now are enrolled at Ridgewater College to continue their education while playing Warriors football. From left, TE Anton Bedeaux, safety/placekicker Elijah Swen, LB Melvin Kromah, RB back Gabe Kromah and DE Rob Diane.

Warriors boosted by Cooper connection

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Ridgewater College football coach Rob Baumgarn drove to New Hope early in 2010 pursuing a 270-pound tackle.

The big lineman ended up elsewhere on scholarship, but the Warriors coach didn't return home empty handed.

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So far, he's reaped six players from that visit. Four will start on Saturday against undefeated Rochester, a 1:30 game at Hodapp Field.

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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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