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Tribune photo Rand Middleton Cardinal sophomore Augustine Hahn, from left, first matches were last weekend; senior Cass Herzog found redemption in the climatic match and sophomore Vaughn Johnson stuck around after a three-win first year.

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When your team wins the deciding match and advances to the state tournament on the fifth tiebreaker, there’s no shortage of unsung heroes.


Every winning move, as well as every preventative measure, becomes key.

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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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