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A year ago in the final round, the Willmar Cardinals got pounded at Hutchinson in the section semifinals.

It was a bit like the junior varsity against the varsity. The final was 48-14.


The teams will meet again, this time in the quarterfinals and this time at Hodapp Field.

Hutchinson was senior-heavy last year, just as the Cardinals are this year.

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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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