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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Dick Beardsley has had quite a life -- dairy farmer, world-class marathoner, pill addict, broken and bloodied accident victim (multiple times) and now a family man living in Austin, Texas. But what could this 55-year-old Minneota native possibly have to tell us? We'll find out. He's now a professional motivational speaker bent on helping those afflicted with chemical dependencies. He'll be in the area for several engagements starting Friday and including the role of honorary race director at the 8th Green Lake Triathlon at 8 a.m.
In Minnesota Amateur Baseball Region 11C action at Eden Valley Saturday, the Bird Island Bullfrogs scaled the Cold Spring Rockies 6-5, the Raymond Rockets got past St. Augusta 4-1 and the Sacred Heart Saints spilled Pearl Lake 5-3. The three Cornbelt League members play again today. Raymond plays Bird Island at approximately 4 p.m. while Sacred Heat plays either Milroy or Kimball in the late game. At Spicer in 15C, the Atwater Chuckers lost to Lake Henry 4-2 and the Lakers of Norway Lake-Sunburg fell 16-3 to Spring Hill.
The Seattle Seahawks added Pro Bowler Zach Miller to their roster on Tuesday giving head coach Pete Carroll a pair of pass-catching tight ends. John Carlson, the Litchfield, Minn., native, has started 29 games for Seattle over the past two seasons. According to blogs on the team's site, Carroll is excited to have the dual threat and maintains there's plenty of room for both. "Anybody who thinks anything otherwise doesn't get it," Carroll is quoted. "I think those guys will play together in tandem." Miller caught at least 60 passes each of the last two seasons at Oakland.
A blog last Friday titled Indian Prospects Insider following talent in the Cleveland Indians minor league farm system says of Willmar native Jordan Smith, 21, who signed June 20: "Short season Single-A Mahoning Valley third baseman/outfielder Jordan Smith is having one heck of a pro debut. So far the 6'4 205-pounder is hitting .341 with 0 HR, 30 RBI, and a .885 OPS in 35 games. "Indians coaches have raved about his approach and consistency as he just puts together quality at bats night in and night out.
EDINA - Osseo loaded up on 12 hits, seven walks and two hit-batters to roll over Willmar Post 167 13-3 in the first-round of the 16-team Minnesota American Legion Baseball Tournament. Andrew Bangen took the loss. Dean Stier and Nathanial Swoyer had RBI hits for Willmar. Ben Johnson threw the first six innings for the win, walking three and fanning seven. The game ended in the seventh by the 10-run rule. Willmar plays the loser of the Eastview vs. Minneapolis Southwest game at 4 p.m., today, also at Braemer Park field. The winner of that game will advance to Saturday for a 1 p.m.
WILLMAR -- With a walk-off birdie on No. 9, Matt Gorans put the exclamation mark on a record-tying round of 62 at the Eagle Creek Golf Club on Tuesday. The round of perfection concluded with a 29 on the front nine. "Not in my wildest dreams ...," said the 35-year-old turkey farmer, who won the Little Crow Shortstop in June. Playing in a fivesome, Gorans shot 33 on the back nine, highlighted by an eagle on the short Par 4 11th. His second nine began birdie, par, par.
Post 167 has three players on this year's state-bound team that played in the 2009 American Legion Division I Baseball Tournament. Austin Adamson, who is one of those, quickly recalls the first game. "Jordan Smith had a walk-off hit to beat Hopkins," he said over the phone on Wednesday. "It scored Logan Birkland, who had walked. I was on base, I'd walked, too, moving Logan to second. They didn't want to walk Jordan because that would load the bases with the winning run on third." Hopkins was rated No. 1 in the ranks of Minnesota American Legion baseball at the Division I level.
Kaelene Lundstrum, a chemist at 3M and former track and field standout at Gustavus Adolphus, is headed for Toronto, Canada, this week to play in the Nations Cup Seniors Rugby Tournament. The BOLD graduate plays wing on the USA Senior national team. As a winger she has outside responsibilities. That means she carries the overgrown football around end and defensively must stop the opponent doing the same in the full-contact sport.
WILLMAR -- Among Doc Peterson's passions were flowers and trout fishing. One he pursued on the streams near Park Rapids, the other at his home-town golf course overlooking Foot Lake. The late Dr. Willard Peterson planted flower beds near the clubhouse and all about the 18-hole Willmar Golf Club, renamed Eagle Creek in 1992. In the later years, Bev and Larry Knight were his helpers. In May 2000, Larry spent the last morning of his life volunteering at the course getting the flower beds ready for planting.
LITCHFIELD -- Willmar's starting pitching might not throw lights out, but they sure were long-lasting like energy bulbs during the American Legion baseball District 7, Division I Tournament. The four-team, double-elimination tournament concluded Saturday evening in Litchfield where Willmar swept a pair from Post 104 at Optimist Park 9-4 and 10-3 to advance to the state tournament. In five nine-inning games over five days, Willmar coach Wade Adamson used a relief pitcher only once and that for a one-inning dust-up. Jake Rambow, the starting shortstop, threw eight innings for the Game 1 win t