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Andrew Deters, center, Sartell's leading scorer, gets close attention from Zach Chester, left and Cam Swenson of Willmar during the Section 6A semifinal at Torrey Arena in St. Cloud on Saturday night. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar skates to final

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ST. CLOUD -- For a hockey team that got off to a wobbly start, Willmar sure found its edges.

The fifth loss in a stumbling start was a 3-0 setback at Sartell on Dec. 23. Since then, the Cardinals are 15-3-3, including Saturday's 3-2 victory over those same Sabres in the Section 6A semifinals.


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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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