Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- His teammates were wondering ... is Zach ever going to make a move? With the ball tucked under his arm like a bag of textbooks, Zach Kinny acted like he was in no hurry to get to class. At the last moment, he dribbled toward the key, pulled up at the free-throw stripe and buried the game-winning shot with a second to spare. Before Perham could get a timeout, the horn sounded, signaling Litchfield was headed to today's Class AA championship game with a painstaking 33-31 win over the No.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The ice packs came out after Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa defeated Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin 56-36 in the first of two Class A semifinals at the Target Center on Friday afternoon. "On second thought, I guess I will have one," said Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa senior forward Kirby Montbriand after he scored 10 points in the Jaguars emphatic 56-36 victory over MLBO in the Class A semifinals. "Yeah, I hit the floor a couple of times," said Montbriand, who scored 10 points to help lead the Jaguars to Saturday's Class A championship game for the second straight year.
Beginning in 1966, the Edina Hornets put together consecutive seasons of 26-0, 27-0 and 26-1. There was a 69-game win streak in there, still the state record. Willmar took its shot at the Edina dynasty on March 16, 1968, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. It was the Region V final.
WILLMAR -- It was not a typical mid-March morning in Minnesota nor were the nearly 200 runners in ordinary gear. The event was the 1st annual St. Patrick's Day Red Beard 7k (4.23 mile) run held on the city's north flank. The mercury already was pushing 60 degrees at the 9 a.m. start under a bright sky. The St. Patrick's Day decorations included socks, shorts, tops and hats in Irish green, plus a few males with red beards.
The No. 1 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars(30-0)will meet Lakeview Christian Academy (25-5) of Duluth in the Class A quarterfinals on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Jaguars, the 2011 runner-up, were voted No. 1 by coaches and Southwest Minnesota Christian (26-1)of Edgerton No. 2. Lakeview was one of four unseededs entered in the ramdom draw. The Lions,an independant, have one of the state's most spectacular players in junior Anders Broman.
WILLMAR -- It was not a typical mid-March morning in Minnesota nor were the nearly 200 runners in ordinary gear. The event was the 1st Red Beard 7k (4.23 mile) run held on the city's north flank. The mercury already was pushing 60 degrees at the 9 a.m. start under a bright sky. The St. Patrick's Day decorations included socks, shorts, tops and hats in Irish green. The start/finish was at the Oaks restaurant at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The winning times were turned in by Mike Heinen, 28, of Willmar (25:15) and Kadie Hokanson, 31, of Alexandria.
By Rand Middleton email@example.com MARSHALL -- It's been 10 years since the proud Eagles of Edgerton soared out of Section 3A and landed in the state tourney. That year, 2002, Southwest Minnesota Christian won its fourth consecutive state title. Thursday night in front of 3,200 fans at the college in Marshall, the Eagles played like they're finally ready to win another. Making an incredible 26 of 29 shots from inside the arc the Eagles brushed aside Dawson-Boyd 73-55 in the 3A final. The Eagles busted out to a 10-0 lead and kept the Blackjacks at an arm's length the rest of the even
Emily Carlson was an all-state guard in high school and played three years of intercollegiate basketball at Concordia College. When she became a mother her exercise and eating habits changed. "I was eating for two when I was pregnant and four years later I was still eating for two," she told me at the final weigh-in of the middle school's Biggest Loser contest on Tuesday before school. Twenty-five entered the 10-week contest with an entry fee.
COLLEGEVILLE -- How the years fly by. Can it be 9 years already since the Litchfield Dragons last found their way to a section final? In 2003, Litchfield won the last of its three Class AA state champions in a four-year span. They hadn't made it back to a section championship until now. The Dragons clobbered Benson 60-40 early Tuesday evening at St. John's University for the Section 6AA South hardware. Next up is Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (25-2) in the section championship 6:30 p.m. Friday at Halenbeck Hall on the St.
MANKATO -- No. 1 seed Mankato East disposed of Willmar in the Section 2AAA semifinal round on Saturday evening in the Cougars gymnasium 74-61. The Cardinal played from behind -- sometimes far behind -- the entire game losing to the Cougars in the same gym for the second year in a row to end the Willmar season. The Cardinals, who finish 18-9 and with the Central Lake Conference trophy in hand, fell behind by as many as 23 points in the first half but fought back to get inside 10 several times in the second half. A 3-pointer by Mo Mohamud at 7:09 cut the East lead to six points, 58-52.