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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Assistant coaches get none of the glory, and appropriately little of the heat, that falls on head coaches. Still, their days are also long and for sure, the bus rides are no shorter. Sally Wilson has been with the Willmar girls program for 11 years. She coached the freshmen for eight years and then B-squad/JV the last three. No ones kept official track but she and her colleagues estimate her won-loss record at "close to 198-30." She's leaving next month for Nebraska. "My plan is to move to Omaha," she stated in an email. "My boyfriend, Bruce, lives and works down there.
Willmar becomes a Woodstock of kids basketball this weekend when up to 700 boys and girls on 70 teams infiltrate the city limits for two days during the annual Willmar (Youth) Basketball Boosters Association hoops festival. Upper elementary through middle school ages will compete on courts at Roosevelt Elementary (4th-5th grades), the middle school (6th grade) and senior high school (7th-8th grades), nine courts in all.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinal wrestling team has won its first conference title in 13 years and goes into Saturday's section team meet seeded No. 1 and ranked No. 12 by The Guillotine in Class AAA. Three Cardinals are ranked in the top 10: junior Alex Johannes is fifth at 125 pounds, seniors Coty Milhausen 10th at 160 and Nathanial Swoyer fourth at 189. At 10-3, it's Willmar's first winning season since a 15-12 mark in 2006-07, which came one year after winning a section title. Milhausen didn't start wrestling until he got to junior high.
WILLMAR -- For the second year in a row, the Hutchinson Tigers knocked the Willmar Cardinals out of the section playoffs. "They're our nemesis," said Willmar head coach Jason Mayer. Even though the Cardinals were seeded a rung higher at No.
WILLMAR -- Junior center Sara Carlson scored three times, including an empty-netter in the game's final minute, to lead the Hutchinson Tigers to a 5-1 victory over the Willmar Cardinals at the Civic Center on Saturday evening. The win puts the No. 3 seeded Tigers (13-13-1) in the championship game Thursday in St. Peter against No. 1 Mankato West, which erased city-rival Mankato East 5-2. Carlson, Hutchinson's career scoring leader, fired from high in the slot for a 1-0 lead.
There's no position in athletics quite like hockey goalie. You are the squirrel in the shooting gallery on the midway at the county fair, the attacked -- never the attacker, the last line of defense all the while mixing the agility of a gymnast while weighted down by more gear than a climber on Mt.
In the dog-days of a hard winter, think golf for a moment. Looking to spike its membership, the golf club at Eagle Creek is pushing a 50 percent price cut for new members. "We want to get new people in the door," said club pro Joel Jacobson, "young people and couples, especially." The total number of memberships is now at 254, he said. The new deal shaves prices by 50 percent to $700 for a family, $625 for a couple and $480 for singles. The second year the price reduction continues, but at a 25 percent savings. Junior memberships are $110 with the $3 daily fee waved.
WILLMAR -- It was just the early-February matchup that each team needed. Montevideo got to see a physical team deploying a troublesome press; Willmar needed something to stir its competitive juices after several less than energetic outings. The Class AAA Cardinals (11-5) eclipsed the Class AA Thunder Hawks (14-2) by a 65-60 score in front of an estimated 800 fans, the largest home crowd this winter.