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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It's a long way from west central Minnesota to east central Kentucky and the small city of Richmond -- perhaps 15 hours by automobile. But then, the first shot taken by Taylor Filipek at William's Arena on Saturday was long, too. "Air ball, air ball," the Gophers' student section joyously chanted inside The Barn after a three-point whiff by the Eastern Kentucky University freshman from Willmar. "There were about three seconds left on the (possession) clock and I just pulled up in the corner and shot long.
2010 preview COACH Carl Shuldes, 15th season ASSISTANT COACHES Steve Stein, Spencer Johnson, Jessica Conlin (diving) 2009-10 SEASON REVIEW Overall: 4-6 Central Lakes Conference: 3-5 (7th place at CLC meet) Section 3A: 5th place True Team: 9th place KEY DATES Season/CLC opener: Today at Sauk Rapids True Team Sectional: Jan. 22 at Willmar Central Lakes Conference meet: Feb. 10, 12 at Sauk Rapids Section: Feb. 25-26 at UM-Morris ROSTER (Name, event(s) ...
Shane Kampsen, a first-team All-America catcher at Ridgewater College, signed a letter of intent during the early signing period to play for St. Cloud State University starting in the fall of 2011. Kampsen, a Paynesville graduate, was selected as the MCAC Player of the Year after posting a .530 batting average with 62 hits, 63 RBI and six home runs among 27 extra-base hits.
WILLMAR -- It was Willmar's second loss in three days opening the season but there was a feeling of exhilaration in the locker room this time. In an entertain game on at Cardinal Arena, Willmar threatened upset well into the third period before bowing to Class AA powerhouse Blaine 6-4 Saturday. "They were quick but our attitude was that if we worked hard we could stick with them," said Landon Peterson, whose goal gave the home team a 1-0 lead in the game's 12th minute. "Of course, it's disappointing to lose but we're happy with the effort." The Bengals, who last missed a state tournament i
Boys Basketball COACH Steve Grove, 10th year ASSISTANT COACHES Dale Becker (JV), Matt Williams (sophomores), Dustin Carlson (freshmen A), Mike Buer (freshmen B). 2009-10 SEASON REVIEW Overall: 19-10 Central Lakes Conference: 10-8, 5th place Section 2AAA: Beat New Ulm 63-57, beat Mankato West 43-42, lost to Hutchinson 77-59 in title game. Key Dates Season opener: Today, at Edina Central Lakes Conference opener: Dec. 14 at Fergus Falls Home opener: Dec. 23 vs. Brainrd Bremer Bank Ivitational Tournament at Willmar: Dec.
High school basketball is Willmar's signature sport. Back in the 1950's, rangy characters like Marlin Van Den Einde and Red Harvey were giants in the small area gyms. In the 1980's, their sons Paul (still Willmar's only 7-footer) and JeffVan Den Eide, and Mark and Chris Harvey, helped the Cardinals tower over the opposition and amass conference and section titles. In the late '80s, lanky Neil Chalmers posted up, surrounded by a crew of spidery forwards.
Boys Hockey COACH Dan Tollefson, 4th season ASSISTANT COACHES Reed Larson (varsity assistant), Ross Dahl (junior varsity) 2009-10 SEASON REVIEW Overall: 15-11 Central Lakes Conference: 8-8 (5th place) Section 3A: Beat Detroit Lakes 4-3, lost to Alexandria 3-1 in semifinals. Key Dates Season: 7 p.m. today vs. Morris/Benson Area at Benson Home: Dec. 4 vs. Blaine Central Lakes Conference opener: Dec. 9 at Alexandria Holiday tournament: Dec. 27-29 at Willmar (River Lakes, Becker, Wadena-Deer Creek, Pierre, S.D., Luverne, Fairmont, Mansfield, Texas) Section 6A: Feb.
The Willmar Cardinal football team didn't always win, but they were never boring. Even in the 14-point loss to Brainerd, Willmar piled up 320 yards of offense and had three explosive runs from 45 to 70 yards. The boys hockey team could deliver much of the same entertainment. Like football, the senior class is paramount, and talented. But they'll likely be no better than 1-1 the first week. The Cardinals go from playing a small Class A program, Morris/Benson Area, next Tuesday to hosting Blaine, a current colossus of AA hockey, on Dec.
WILLMAR -- Five years after resigning as the Willmar Cardinals head baseball coach, Mark Stier is back at the helm. The sixth-grade math teacher replaces Brad Dean, who took over for Stier after the 2005 season. Dean resigned both the baseball post and his teaching assistant position at the middle school when he had a chance to go back to work for a natural gas line company, his previous occupation. Stier ran the varsity program for seven seasons starting in 1999. His teams went 86-67 with five winning seasons.