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Tribune file photo The eight-player 1968 Region 5 All-Tournament team was honored at Williams Arena following Edina's 66-54 win over Willmar. From left, Mark Roth, Willmar; Ron Keuseman and Dave Johnson, Minneapolis Patrick Henry; Ken Hamm, St. Cloud Tech; Gary Syverson, Willmar; Bob Zender and Mark Thoele, Edina; and Duane Proell, St. Cloud Tech. Edina would go on to win its third consecutive state and become Region V's 11th state champion in 17 years.

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Beginning in 1966, the Edina Hornets put together consecutive seasons of 26-0, 27-0 and 26-1.

There was a 69-game win streak in there, still the state record.


Willmar took its shot at the Edina dynasty on March 16, 1968, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

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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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