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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton The Willmar Cardinals’ diminished roster includes sister pairs Natalie and Amelia Amon, from left, and Shelby and Riley Schneider. The Schneiders skate every other shift at forward. Amelia is a defensive player while Natalie, an eighth-grader, skates JV.

Willmar notebook: Hockey by the numbers

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On a Wednesday visit to the Civic Center:

The Willmar girls hockey team may be only 3-11-1 but you’d never know it from their smiles.


Playing a wonderful game, they are having a good time, which is what high school sports should be about anyways.

It’s not that this is a bad team; they’re just outnumbered.

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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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