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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WCER has budgeted for tennis court resurfacing. Director Steve Bresendine said the four middle school courts are slotted for a makeover in 2013 and the two Rice courts next in 2014. Sperryville could be the following year. There are cracks in the Rice courts large enough to concern the half-dozen or more seniors who play pick-up tennis two mornings a week.
WILLMAR -- Just as the sun set, Junior Becerra pulled the curtain on the Marshall soccer season. The game's only goal came 18 minutes into the 20-minute overtime, eliminating the Tigers from the Section 2A playoffs, 1-0 on Tuesday at the Kennedy field in Willmar. Becerra's swift kick from an extreme angle on the right wing went across the goal mouth and inside the opposite post. A similar boot had hit the near post and bounced wide 30 seconds into the overtime. The win propels the No. 8 seed Willmar (9-8) into the quarterfinal round where they'll meet No.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals welcomed its second visitor to Hodapp Field this fall out of its new section. Willmar got a feel of Section 6-5A when it beat Buffalo in the opener. The Bison, who rank No. 5 in the 6-team gridiron group, favor the pass. Last night on a chilly, breezy Friday, the Cardinals got a taste of the section's No. 2 team with Monticello in town. The Magic, now 5-1, proved physical with a strong running game, as expected, and an efficient passing attack.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals boys soccer team will take a three-game winning streak and the evidence that they can play with the best in Class A. Wait, not just compete, but beat 'em. The Cardinals never trailed against St. Cloud Apollo, ranked No.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar girls placed third and the Cardinal boys fourth at the 11-team Optimist Cross Country Invitational Saturday. With its rolling terrain, plus some steep climbs, and an uphill finish, Eagle Creek Golf Course is no stroll in the countryside on the best of days. But the 80-degree temp on Saturday afternoon in full sun made the girls 4,000- and boys 5,000-kilometer courses even more of a drain on lungs and legs. Samantha Hanson in eighth led the Cardinal girls.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals put up 27 uncontested points in the first half and rode that to a 27-14 win over Alexandria on Friday. Homecoming evening drew a crowd estimated over 2,000. A full moon rose in the east. The temperature was just under 70-degrees at halftime when the Cardinal royalty was introduced followed by 2012 Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame inductees Jeff Welker and Andrea (Lentz) Winghart. On the field, the hometown Cardinals overpowered the visiting Redbirds the first two quarters -- one big-yardage play after another.
Mickey McGuire played in the football hotbed of Wake Forest, N.C. The high schools are huge (his graduating class was around 600) and the hated rivals, both public and private programs, are just a few miles away. Major universities are within an hour's drive feeding the football fever on Saturdays. McGuire was out of football two years.
WILLMAR -- Brainerd jumped out to a 21-0 lead by halftime and withstood a Willmar Cardinals' comeback in the fourth quarter to escape with a 21-14 Central Lakes Conference victory on Friday. A crowd approaching 1,400 watched the Warriors on a magnificent evening increase their winning streak over the Cardinals to 10 in a row this century. On the plus side, this is the closest the Cardinals have played the Warriors since a 14-6 win at Brainerd in 2000. After giving up three rushing touchdowns and 208 total yards in the first half, the Willmar defense turned off the Brainerd spigot the second
Willmar football engages Brainerd at Hodapp Field on Friday evening. Each fall at this time, a Cardinal fan feels ever hopeful. We're like Charlie Brown pining that this will be the time that there is a valentine in the box from the Little Redheaded Girl. Realistically, though the Cardinals are darn good this year, the Blue Wave visit yields only disappointment. Each year one looks for the chinks in Stolski's armada while building up the positives in the Willmar flood wall. But Brainerd has outgrown Cardinal football. There are 1,600 kids up there and a little under a thousand here.