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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar's lone senior Abbey Weiler, focusing on Tuesday's vault, has been team MVP each year since her debut as a freshman.

Willmar notebook: Gymnasts: A breed apart

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Abbey Weiler joined the Willmar varsity gymnastics team at the start of the 2008-09 season. She was a freshman but a savvy competitor. She's joined the Wings gymnastics club as a kindergartner and for six seasons starting in third grade had competed in club gymnastics tournaments around the state.

She participated in her final high-school home meet Tuesday.

"It went so fast," the team's lone senior told me before the meet with Melrose.

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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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