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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar junior Stephanie Thompson, from left, and sophomores Alexis Miley and Kendall Hein finished second, third and first in all-around, respectively, on Tuesday at Benson where the Cardinals’ gymnastics team posted its highest team score (143.925) in 10 years.

Willmar notebook: Gymnasts on the rise

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Three years ago, the Cardinal gymnastics team reached the 130s just once, a 132 score in a loss to Alexandria in a 2-7 season.

Two days ago, at Benson, the Cards scored a 143.925, the highest evaluation since the 2003-04 season. The years of experience are providing dividends whether it is from youngsters coming through the school program or off the Willmar Wings club team.

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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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