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 -- Ridgewater College opens its nine-game schedule against Itasca College at 7 p.m. today at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud. The Warriors finished 5-4 last fall and missed the playoffs. This year's team has 12 second-year players, plus two transfers, on a 58-player roster.
COACH Richard Courtney, 7th season ASSISTANT COACHES Chad Akerson; Matt Williams, Ross Dahl JV 1; Brad Haugen, JV 2 LOOKING BACK Central Lakes Conference: 7-7, fifth place Overall: 14-9, Section 2A champions OPENER Season: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mankato East. Central Lakes Conference: 5 p.m. Tuesday at St. Cloud Apollo ROSTER BREAKDOWN SENIORS: Abshir Ahmed, attacker; Abdiqadir Yusuf, attacker; Abdiweli Yusuf, defender; Badal Ali, midfielder; Joshua Centellas, midfielder; Spencer Davis, midfielder; Josh Freitas, goalkeeper; Ahmed B.
WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater College volleyball team opens today with its two-day Lady Warrior Classic. The field is the strongest yet, states coach Joe Sussenguth. Stephanie Tillman, a returning All-America hitter, returns for Ridgewater. Six sophomores, including Tillman, dot a 16-player roster, about four more players than usual. With Tillman a fixture in the middle, Briana Jacobson and Alison Mason are racing for the other center spot. Macy McKay is the top prospect at right-side hitter.
Carl Shuldes (6th season) Sarah Jagow, Spencer Johnson Central Lakes Conference: 5-4, 5th place. Overall: 5-5 overall, 10th at Class A state meet. Season/home: Cardinal Invitational, Saturday 10 a.m. (diving); 1 p.m. (swimming) Central Lakes Conference: Thursday, home vs.
The start of classes is 11 days ahead, but let the games begin. I have no affection for the Vikings -- they always stomped a team I once favored long ago -- and other than Joe Mauer, the Twins hold little interest. These are the teams who matter -- and these athletes pay to play. The 2009-10 Willmar sports seasons launched this morning with the Cardinals girls tennis team hosting New London-Spicer at 9 a.m., and then playing Hutchinson in the afternoon. The Cardinals girls soccer team hosts Minnewaska Area at 5 p.m. today at Kennedy Field.