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Benson's Sam Peterson (32) has his shot blocked by Brian Reeves, right, of Willmar in the first half Saturday in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Willmar holds off Benson; will battle NLS in Bremer Bank final for 7th straight time


WILLMAR -- For the seventh December in a row, the Willmar Cardinals and the New London-Spicer Wildcats will tangle for county honors at the boys basketball holiday tournament.

Willmar topped a tenacious Benson team 66-57 in Saturday's late game of the Bremer Bank Holiday Classic.

NLS is now 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AA. Willmar is 6-0 and No. 4 in AAA. Each team has won three times in the recent six-year stretch.

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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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