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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar eighth-grader Gerson Garcia-Maldonado is the future of Cardinal boys diving, but more boys are needed.

Willmar notebook: Basketball a net gain for city

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Get this: Ninety-six basketball teams take over town.

It’s a crowded Sochi-like weekend of rings and twine.

Counting the fourth-through-eighth-grade boys and girls, parents, grandparents and siblings it means 4,000 people roaming from venue to restaurants to shops.


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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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