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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WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals will host Elk River at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of Minnesota Section 6-5A football. The Cardinals (4-4) got the No. 4 seed in the 6-team pod while the Elks (3-5) nudged Buffalo (3-5) for No. 5 by two-tenths of a point in the Minnesota-Scores.net QRF rankings. The No. 6 Bison will play at No. 3 St. Michael-Albertville (5-3). The winner of the game at Willmar will travel to play No. 1 Rogers (7-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
SAUK RAPIDS -- Taking care of business at midweek in mid-October earned the Willmar Cardinals a chance to show their stuff in front of a hometown crowd one last time. With the clock nearing 10 p.m., the Cardinals put the wraps on a 24-14 victory over Sauk Rapids on a cool Wednesday evening. Offensive leaders were wide receiver Austin Rambow with 8 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown and running back Zech Streed, who took over for injured Michael Heitzman and piled up 116 yards in 19 attempts. It's expected that the Cardinals will host Buffalo on Tuesday evening at Hodapp Field in the quar
WILLMAR -- Hutchinson placed first, Dassel-Cokato second and Willmar third at the Section 3A True Team swimming and diving meet on Saturday in the Willmar Senior High School pool. The Cardinals' high finish among eight teams was accomplished without a first, or even a second or third place. Rather, it was their depth that propelled them. "It speaks to the overall strength of this team," commented Willmar head coach Carl Shuldes.
WILLMAR -- Look out Rochester, here they come, again! The Ridgewater Warriors fell to Central Lakes College Saturday afternoon 27-6 while Rochester Community and Technical College leveled Minnesota West 52-0. That means Ridgewater College (5-3), the No. 3 seed in the MCAC South, will travel to No. 2 Rochester (7-1) next Saturday in the quarterfinals of the state junior college playoffs. No. 1 Central Lakes (7-1) will host No.
SARTELL -- Something happened. Looking very much like they were on the road to their fourth Central Lakes loss in five games, the Willmar Cardinals scored three straight second-half touchdowns to upend Sartell 28-21 on Friday night. It was the Cardinals first win on the road after one-point losses at Fergus Falls and Cold Spring. Maybe, the boys were just tired of losing winnable games. All the sudden, the running attack began mowing down the Sartell defenders and the Cardinals defense rose up to force one Sabre punt and then another. The Sabres, who came in with a 5-1 record, took a 21-7
WCER has budgeted for tennis court resurfacing. Director Steve Bresendine said the four middle school courts are slotted for a makeover in 2013 and the two Rice courts next in 2014. Sperryville could be the following year. There are cracks in the Rice courts large enough to concern the half-dozen or more seniors who play pick-up tennis two mornings a week.
WILLMAR -- Just as the sun set, Junior Becerra pulled the curtain on the Marshall soccer season. The game's only goal came 18 minutes into the 20-minute overtime, eliminating the Tigers from the Section 2A playoffs, 1-0 on Tuesday at the Kennedy field in Willmar. Becerra's swift kick from an extreme angle on the right wing went across the goal mouth and inside the opposite post. A similar boot had hit the near post and bounced wide 30 seconds into the overtime. The win propels the No. 8 seed Willmar (9-8) into the quarterfinal round where they'll meet No.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals welcomed its second visitor to Hodapp Field this fall out of its new section. Willmar got a feel of Section 6-5A when it beat Buffalo in the opener. The Bison, who rank No. 5 in the 6-team gridiron group, favor the pass. Last night on a chilly, breezy Friday, the Cardinals got a taste of the section's No. 2 team with Monticello in town. The Magic, now 5-1, proved physical with a strong running game, as expected, and an efficient passing attack.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals boys soccer team will take a three-game winning streak and the evidence that they can play with the best in Class A. Wait, not just compete, but beat 'em. The Cardinals never trailed against St. Cloud Apollo, ranked No.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar girls placed third and the Cardinal boys fourth at the 11-team Optimist Cross Country Invitational Saturday. With its rolling terrain, plus some steep climbs, and an uphill finish, Eagle Creek Golf Course is no stroll in the countryside on the best of days. But the 80-degree temp on Saturday afternoon in full sun made the girls 4,000- and boys 5,000-kilometer courses even more of a drain on lungs and legs. Samantha Hanson in eighth led the Cardinal girls.