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Willmar hockey teams hit the ice for practice

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Tribune photos by Rand Middleton

Boys hockey: The Willmar Cardinals boys hockey team opened practice for the 2011-12 season Monday afternoon at the Blue Line Arena in preparation for their first game Nov. 29 at home vs. Morris/Benson Area. Girls basketball, gymnastics and Nordic skiing also started practice Monday.

Girls hockey: The season opener draws close for the Willmar Cardinals girls hockey team which started its third week of drills on Monday in the Civic Center's Cardinal Arena. The team hosted an all-day scrimmage on Saturday to help them prepare for Thursday's curtain raiser at home vs. New Ulm.