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New London-Spicer senior guard Taylor Thunstedt goes up for one of her 22 points in the Wildcats’ 57-25 victory over Minnehaha Academy in the last year’s Wild-Card championship game on Dec. 29, 2012. Tribune photo by Tom Larson.

Willmar Notebook: Legendary coach, star player make Wildcats tick

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The second annual Wild-Card girls basketball tournament features the Minnesota coach with the most victories (796) and one of the state’s premier players.


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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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