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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Ex-Willmar Rail Steve Wetterling batted designated hitter for the Midway Snurdbirds, who won the Class C title in dramatic fashion over the Moorhead Brewers on Monday. The Birds had a nice turnout of fans at Bill Taunton Stadium trail them down from the Menahga area. They helped celebrate the first title for Midway, nine miles west of Menahga, in 16 state trips. Wetterling played for the Cardinals and Legion Post 167, graduating in 2001, He played for the Rails most of the decade.
Week 2 BRAINERD WARRIORS (1-0) at WILLMAR CARDINALS (0-1) Friday, 7 p.m. at Hodapp Field A LOOK AT BRAINERD: The Warriors (4-2, 8-4) reached the Class AAAAA semifinals for the second time in three years last season. Last Friday at Cold Spring, the Warriors scored 35 first-half points and cruised to a 35-17 opening night victory over Rocori.
MESABI OVERVIEW: The Norsemen piled up 396 yards in a 33-12 victory over Fergus Falls last Saturday. Avery Walker rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns in 16 carries. Quarterback Howard Anthony passed for 127 yards and a touchdown. The defense gave up 182 rushing but allowed the Spartans less than 50 yards in the air. Every indication is that Mesabi is more potent than the Itasca team that Ridgewater met in last week's opener. RIDGEWATER OVERVIEW: The Warriors will be looking for their first points at Virginia after falling 7-0 to the Vikings at the Kick-off Classic in St. Cloud.
At the end of October on the football field in Hutchinson, the Cardinals varsity football team seemed beaten coming off the bus. The Tigers were huge, obviously more muscular and determined to uphold their tradition of playoff success against. To the delight of the home-town crowd, the Tigers marched through the Cardinals like pugnacious fifth-graders playing the cherubic third-graders at recess. That ended Jon Konold's first year as head coach.
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.