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 -- Andy Jacobson became only the third player in the 80-year history of the Lakeland Tournament to win as many as four championships on Sunday. Jacobson led from start to finish, winning the 54-hole, two-day event by seven strokes over runners-up Bart Bradford and Jon Hanner, 211 to 218. Jacobson tidied up his second tournament victory this month on his hometown course by shooting a four-under 32 on the back 9 Sunday at Eagle Creek. The 211 total is four strokes off the tournament's 54-hole low score of 207, set by New London native Aaron Barber a year ago. Barber, who also won in
The boy from Kansas is staying home when it comes to his first two years of college. Nathanial Swoyer, the Cardinals' top male athlete this school year, will play football and wrestle at Ridgewater College beginning this fall. He signed a letter-of-intent before graduation. He will enter the program to become an electrician. He'll still have an option of continuing at a senior college, perhaps Concordia. Willmar alumni Terry Horan, the Cobbers' football coach, wanted the linebacker-fullback.
WILLMAR -- Back in preschool little Jordan Smith's crayon drawing on brown tablet paper told what he wanted to be when he got big. In block letters below two stick figures, he wrote -- a "policeman and a ballplayer." Sunday, it came true, the ballplayer part. A little over two weeks short of his 21st birthday, the 6-foot-4 third baseman/outfielder signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians organization. The framed bit of child's art was on display on the kitchen counter.
This spring, Tom DeBoer transitioned from playing hardball to coaching softball. The Raymond Rockets right-handed pitcher from Willmar took over the Litchfield Dragons prep softball team. "I was surprised how competitive I got and how satisfying it was," he said. The Dragons didn't win a game. A few games were close, many others were lopsided. "Toward the end of the season it got tough to keep the girls motivated," said the first-year coach.
ST. PAUL -- Aaron Wubben of Central Minnesota Christian and Morris Area athletes Cody Cannon and Rachel Moser topped the area medal haul at the state track and field meet on Saturday. All three jumped for gold in Class A. Wubben cleared 6-foot-7 in the high jump, Moser pole vaulted 11-0 without a miss and Cody Cannon won a narrow victory in the 110 hurdles. Second-place awards at Klas Field on the campus of Hamline University included Dawson's Ryan Swenson, running for Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd.
NORTH MANKATO - Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg took advantage of 16 hits en route to a 11-5 win over Blooming Prairie in the Class A third-place game Friday at Caswell Park. The win ends KMS's season with a 23-1 record while the Awesome Blossom's finish the year with a 21-3 mark. The Saints beat Hawley 1-0 and lost to New Life Academy 3-2 on Thursday. Erin Haglund got the win in the circle as she worked seven innings and allowed eight hits while striking out seven. At the plate she helped her cause as she went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and another run driven in.
NORTH MANKATO -- Although they lost on the scoreboard, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won a victory of sorts late Thursday afternoon against New Life Academy. The Eagles (23-4) sweated out a 3-2 win in the Class A state softball semifinals on Field No.
NORTH MANKATO -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won a meeting of undefeateds in the first-round of the Class A softball tournament in dramatic fashion Thursday morning at Caswell Park. The Saints (22-0) scored the game's only run on a Courtney Olson single in the top of the seventh to nudge the Hawley Nuggets (20-1) by a 1-0 count. Erin Haglund scored easily from third with none out. Haglund had reached on a single to right, only the team's second hit off Hawley ace Jessy Noreen (17-1).
NORTH MANKATO -- Nobody expects an easy trip to the finals at a state tournament. But Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg's upper bracket in the Class A softball draw is steep and rife with potholes. Today at 9 a.m. at Caswell Park they take on Hawley, which can match the Fighting Saints' 21-0 record with a 20-0 slate of its own. The winner will play either Osakis (23-0) or three-time defending champion New Life Academy (21-4) at 3 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- When he was a little boy, Eric Johnson had his left foot amputated. Three months later he showed up for kindergarten eager to run and play with the other children. Today, he and doubles partner, Jesse Brace, compete in the Class A state tennis tournament in Minneapolis, representing the Montevideo Thunder Hawks. Eric, a senior, will be wearing an athletic prosthesis. His movements on the court are fluid and quick.