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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Adam Fagerstrom is on the state wrestling mats today needing one win to hit the century mark. "This is my last chance. It's win or go home," said the Cardinals' 135-pounder. He sat in the Xcel Energy Center stands the past two years. "It's some scene," he says of the four-day, three-class wrestle- down. Four Cardinal wrestlers got to state this year.
ALEXANDRIA -- Willmar's bid for the Section 6A final fell short when the Cardinals lost to No. 1-seed Alexandria 3-1 on Saturday at a jammed Runestone Community Center. "They were just a few shifts better," said senior Willmar defenseman Paul Schrupp, who saw his three-year varsity career come to an end. "There's nothing more we can do; we gave it our all." By winning for the 13th time in its last 14 games, Alexandria (19-6-1) takes aim at another Central Lakes Conference team, Sartell, on Friday at the MAC in St.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals dropped their third straight game Tuesday night, but the outlook might not be all that bad, said Sam Esboldt after the 76-65 loss to St. Cloud Tech. "This is as strong as the conference has been in a while," said the senior forward, who scored a career-high 26 points. "This will just strengthen us for later. Hopefully, it will help us go deep in the playoffs." The Cardinals fell to 8-7 in the Central Lakes and 15-8 overall with three conference games left. Tech stayed in the conference race at 13-2.
ST. PETER -- Willmar squeezed by Hutchinson 5-4, in overtime, on Dec. 10. Indications point to another tight, tense tilt when the squads meet this evening in St. Peter to decide the Section 2A champion. No. 3-seed Hutchinson (11-15) ousted No. 2 Mankato West (17-9) 4-3 on Saturday in Mankato. Hutchinson has nine players back from last year's section championship team. Players to watch for the Tigers include Sara Carlson and Fallon Macemon, who rank fourth and sixth, respectively, on the Tigers' all-time points leaderboard. Carlson had a hat trick in the semifinals. No.
WILLMAR -- All's well that ends well, or maybe not quite. The Ridgewater Lady Warriors overtook Riverland with a superlative second-half effort to end the season with a 73-67 win, their second straight. But a 4-8 record in the South Division isn't enough to get them into the MCAC state tournament for a second year in a row. "I feel bad for our (three) sophomores," said coach Carrie Ogdahl.
Disa Daucsavage, then Disa Hillstrom, came to Willmar in 2000 as a classroom teacher and second-generation running coach. She has presided over the most successful decade in the cross-county program's history, including six conference titles and consecutive boys state championships, with co-coach Jerry Popp, in 2005 and '06. She has resigned her coaching post and began maternity leave from her first-grade classroom at Kennedy this week. "We're expecting four babies in the next four weeks," said Daucsavage. "The doctor was surprised I was able to work this long.