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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The door swings wide open today at Willmar High School as four sports launch a new campaign. Rollin’ into winter Pity the Nordic team; they are a swim team whose...
WILLMAR -- Since there are no exhibition games in girls basketball, the season opener is like a shakedown cruise. Willmar and Hutchinson hoisted anchor Saturday night in rough seas. Leaks were detected but the Cardinals proved marginally more seaworthy and sailed to a 41-37 win against a section foe. Anne Dunham appears poised for a big senior season.
NEW LONDON -- The Wildcats led all the way but Minnehaha Academy had the last laugh. The Redhawks, who trailed by 19 with six minutes left in the second half, overtook New London-Spicer in the last minute and then broke a 69-all tie with a rebound basket with just a second left. The private school along the Mississippi River returned to St.
Dustin Carlson and the 2012-13 Cardinal girls basketball team debuts Saturday evening at Willmar High School. Nothing like jumping right into the fire. The guests are the Tigers from Hutchinson, who last year finished 26-5, losing to Fergus Falls in the Class AAA third-place game at the state tourney. Carlson takes over for Brad Atchison, who retired from coaching after a distinguished career that began at Clara City in 1977.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals open the 2012-13 boys hockey campaign this week with the Highway 12 Tour in '12. This evening the bus goes west to Benson and on Saturday points east to Litchfield to dispute the Stephen Reynolds Memorial New Cream Can. Last year the Cardinals went 1-1, beating the Morris/Benson Area Storm 7-3 at the Cardinal Arena but falling on their own ice to the Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons 4-3. U.S.
By Rand Middleton email@example.com WILLMAR -- The Turkey Leg 5k road race began in 2007 with 106 individuals starting Thanksgiving Day with a calorie burner. By last Thanksgiving, the number of runners and a few walkers had climbed to 340. This Thursday, on Nov. 22 -- the earliest that Thanksgiving can come up on the November calendar -- 522 participated in the race from the YMCA along the streets of southeast Willmar. It helped that it was an unusually mild morning, about 44 degrees at 8 a.m.
Occasionally, it is well to remember that the playing field was not always level and give thanks that it got righted -- one free-throw at a time. Carol Gilbertson would have been a heckuva athlete in high school but she never got the chance. She graduated from Milan High School in 1965.
WILLMAR -- Sure as the turkey crossed the road, college wrestlers watch their weight over the Thanksgiving break. Cracked a Ridgewater wrestler on Monday in the college mat room: "Right. I watch it go up." Wrestlers burn calories like a blast furnace. But to be competitive, the less spare tissue the better. Bone, sinew, muscle -- good ... Fat -- bad. Klinton Van Heuveln, a sophomore from Pennock at the college who competed at nationals last year, told me "I'll just pig out and come back 15 pounds heavy." But he was kidding.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The BOLD Warriors took mighty Caledonia to the wire before bowing 26-24 in the Class AA semifinals on Thursday afternoon at the Metrodome. The two-time defending champions were outgained 322-215 yards but still extended their winning streak to 25-games. Caledonia, also the Warriors, benefited from field position and a blocked punt early in the second half recovered for a touchdown. "We were thinking we could beat them," said BOLD two-way starter Cole Mertens. "We stopped their running game but they got a few lucky passes.