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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WILLMAR CARDINALS (0-0) at ALEXANDRIA CARDINALS (0-0) Friday, 7 p.m. ALEXANDRIA OVERVIEW: The Cardinals went 9-2 last year in their second year under head coach Mike Empting. That team had 17 seniors. In 2008, Empting's first year, those juniors got pushed around and the squad ended up with just two wins. This fall, a big offensive line is being remodeled around center Andy Werk, the lone returning starter in the trench. Senior Cole Ellison moves in at quarterback after a year as an understudy to Colin Erickson, one of five all-Central Lakes Conference choices to graduate.
Volleyball COACH Terrin DeBoer ASSISTANT COACH Amanda Norby (JV1), Jana Peterson (JV2), Kristian Rosendahl (freshmen) LOOKING BACK Central Lakes Conference: 9-3, third place Overall: 18-11 Post-Season: Lost to Prior Lake in the first round KEY DATES Season opener: Today at Minnetonka, 7 p.m. CLC/home opener: Sept. 7 vs. Alexandria, 7 p.m. Willmar Invitational: Oct 2 (Bemidji, Benson, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Central Minnesota Christian, New London-Spicer, Renville County West), 8 a.m. Section Tournament: Starts Oct.
WILLMAR -- It was a nice day for the Jacobsons and also for Bill Dale. Andy Jacobson won the Eagle Creek match play championship while his mother, Lori, beat defending champion Jean Larson in the women's open championship. Dale beat Tom Wo-dash in sudden death in the seniors championship. Andy Jacobson also tipped the defending champion for his title when he took out Matt Gorans on the 15th hole late Sunday afternoon. Gorans beat Jacobson by the same 4-and-3 score exactly a year ago. Andy Jacobson also won the stroke play club title in July at Eagle Creek and the Little Crow Shortstop and
WILLMAR - It's back to run first for the Ridgewater Warriors after implanting a wide-open spread formation last autumn. The Warriors open their nine-game schedule against Itasca at 11 a.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud. The Warriors finished 4-5 last fall. The roster lists 11 sophomores and 45 freshmen. Coach Rob Baumgarn, who begins his fifth season with a 19-26 record, said the team more than held its own in a scrimmage at Big Cat Stadium on Saturday with the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars. "I like this team," said Baumgarn.
Boys and Girls Cross Country COACH Jerry Popp ASSISTANT?COACHES Dave Rudie, Chuck Gustafson LOOKING?BACK Central Lakes Conference: Boys first, girls fifth Section 2AA: Boys first, girls seventh Class AA state meet: Boys 13th KEY?DATES Season opener: Monday at Moorhead's Johnson Park, 10 a.m. Cardinal Invitational: Oct. 2 at Eagle Creek Golf Club Central Lakes championships: Oct. 19 at Alexandria (Arrowwood Resort) Section 2AA: Oct.
With this the weekend of the Eagle Creek Golf Club Match Play championship, it's a good time to bring up the name of D.N. Tallman. David Newton Tallman won three Lakeland Tournament titles, including the first ever on the new nine-hole golf course that was carved from a pasture on a bluff overlooking Willmar Lake. This year, more than 50 years after his death in 1958, he has been named one of three 2010 inductees into the MGA-PGA Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame. There was little ordinary about his life.
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College has been so steady this century that it should have a reserved locker room at the NJCAA Division III National Volleyball Tournament. The Lady Warriors have reached the national semifinals five straight years and seven times since in 2001. The program has two national championships, in 2002 and 2006. Last winter, the Willmar team finished third at nationals. Eight players return and they have a score to settle. "That group of players recognizes that we likely played our worst match in our semifinal match last year," commented Ridgewater coach Joe Sussenguth.
Girls Tennis COACH Erika Kath ASSISTANT COACH Brandt Lager LOOKING BACK Central Lakes Conference: 4-4, 5th place Overall: 6-8 KEY DATES Season/home opener: Thursday, triangular with New London-Spicer and Hutchinson, 9 a.m. Central Lakes Conference opener: Aug. 31 at St. Cloud Apollo vs.: Apollo and Sauk Rapids, 4:30 p.m. CLC Tournament: Sept. 25 at St. Cloud South Section: Start Oct.