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This spring, Tom DeBoer transitioned from playing hardball to coaching softball.

The Raymond Rockets right-handed pitcher from Willmar took over the Litchfield Dragons prep softball team.


"I was surprised how competitive I got and how satisfying it was," he said.

The Dragons didn't win a game. A few games were close, many others were lopsided.

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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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