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Willmar's Carrie Boike contests a shot by Ali Clark of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in the first half of their West Central Tribune WildCard Tournament game on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar, NLS to battle in final

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WILLMAR -- Tonight will be a matchup of highly-ranked girls basketball teams when Willmar and New London-Spicer play for top honors at the West Central Tribune WildCard Tournament.


Willmar, ranked No. 4 in Class AAA, decked Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 61-37 in Tuesday's nightcap. Earlier in the evening, the No. 2-ranked team in Class AA rejected Benson's upset bid 46-37.

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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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