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(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Ridgewater's Emily Roelike is hitting .509 with 10 home runs this spring.

Willmar Notebook: DII schools nab Roelike, Bodin

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Watching the Ridgewater College softball team this spring has been a treat -- even in damp cold.

Part of the pleasure is the play of sophomores Emily Roelike and Brandi Bodin. They hit first and second, respectively, in the Lady Warriors' batting order. For opposing pitchers, it is an often lethal one-two punch.


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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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