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New London-Spicer center Abbey Knisley, left, is pressured by Willmar post Alex Lippert, second from left, with Kayli Gimse (33) backing up in the first half of the West Central Tribune WildCard championship game in Willmar on Wednesday night. Willmar won 46-43 in overtime. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar upends NLS in final

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WILLMAR -- How big was this game for Alex Lippert?

"I couldn't sleep last night," said the Willmar Cardinals senior center. "I just kept thinking about what I had to do."


Lippert, a 6-foot-4 senior, didn't look at all tired while scoring 16 points and nabbing 12 rebounds as the Cardinals tipped New London-Spicer 46-43 in overtime on Wednesday night.

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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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