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Liam Johnston, left, of Willmar outraces Kirby Nelson of Alexandria for the loose puck in the third period Saturday at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria. Johnston scored Willmar's lone goal earlier in the period in a 3-1 loss in the Section 6A semifinals. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar ousted by Alex, 3-1

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ALEXANDRIA -- Willmar's bid for the Section 6A final fell short when the Cardinals lost to No. 1-seed Alexandria 3-1 on Saturday at a jammed Runestone Community Center.

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"They were just a few shifts better," said senior Willmar defenseman Paul Schrupp, who saw his three-year varsity career come to an end. "There's nothing more we can do; we gave it our all."

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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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