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 new adult hockey league at the Willmar Civic Center was long overdue. Six teams are on ice each Wednesday night at the main Cardinal Arena. Enthusiasm radiates the rink. Rosters bulge with 17 to 19 players. It's a co-ed league, too.
WILLMAR - Two teams put on a show to justify their lofty rankings on Saturday afternoon at the high school. In a mild upset, Bemidji (9-1), ranked No. 6 in Class AAA, handed No. 4 Willmar its first loss 70-64 in non-conference girls basketball. The game was tied seven times, the last at 57-57. The final six-point gap reflected four Lumberjack free throws as Willmar was forced to foul. "I think that's the best we've played," said Bemidji junior forward Kayla Hirt, who scored 24 points, including a pair of three-pointers at crunch time.
WILLMAR -- In workmanlike fashion the Willmar Cardinals nailed down their 10th win without a loss, hammering Alexandria 61-44 on Saturday evening. Willmar takes a 5-0 Central Lakes record to St. Cloud Tech (5-0, 10-0) on Tuesday. Rocori is also 5-0 in the CLC, creating a three-way jam at the top. Willmar led the visiting Cardinals (2-3, 5-3) 37-24 at intermission.
WILLMAR _ The Bemidji Lumberjacks used 23 points from versatile Kayla Hirt to squeeze by Willmar in a see-saw battle 70-64 in a non-conference girls basketball match-up of top 10 teams on Saturday afternoon. It was the first loss for the Cardinals (10-1), ranked No. 4 in Class AAA. Bemidji, No. 6 in AAA, improved to 9-1.
Golf course architect Kevin Norby (WHS '79) has recently been lauded for a public course he designed in Moravia, Iowa, about 90 miles east of Des Moines. The Preserve on Rathbun Lake was named runner-up for Best New Course of 2009 by Golf Inc., magazine. In addition, both LINKS magazine and Golf Digest named The Preserve one of America's 10 Best New Public Courses of 2009. The course is situated within the 850-acre Honey Creek State Park, which is administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Not often do twins end up playing on the same team at the junior college here. In 31 years on the beat, I don't recall, off hand, another participating duo prior to the Pierz pair of Mike and Breck Weber. They play basketball under Bob Knutson. The Warriors head coach actually went to Pierz to land Chad Lanners, the Pioneers' outstanding floor leader and top scorer. He did get Lanners and picked up the twins as a bonus.