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Tribune file photo Former varsity back-up Maddie Sandberg, shown here deflecting a shot versus Austin on Nov. 24, is making the most of her senior season.

Willmar notebook: Making a section statement


The Cardinal girls hockey is 1-6 in Central Lakes Conference games but 4-0 in Section 2A contests — a striking contrast that puts the team’s focus on the postseason.

This evening Willmar plays at Mound Westonka, another section foe. The White Hawks started out 7-0, including an impressive 6-3 win over Alexandria, but have gone 2-7-1 since Dec. 11 for a 9-7-1 mark and a No. 12 QRF Minnesota Scores ranking.

Willmar (9-6) is rated No. 19 and coming off a two-week layoff.

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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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