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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Pitching and fielding are the two keys to winning a baseball tournament. Hitting, as the tournament draws out, is a given. It's especially true in a four-day, double-elimination event like the MCAC state and region tournament Friday through Monday at Putz and Faber in St. Cloud. Joel Barta, who is in his second year directing the Ridgewater College program, has groomed the Warriors' pitching staff for the long run.
Elsie Klemmetson has hinted at retirement before but this time he means it. He's turned in his VFW uniforms, scorebooks and lineup cards. That gesture finalizes a 50-year association with youth baseball. "I just can't see the outfield," he said. "I have to ask (someone on the bench), 'What happened out there?' Ellsworth Klemmetson grew up outside Bemidji. The family moved to Willmar after World War II. He coached the Willmar Police PeeWee team from 1960 to 1984. The east-siders dominated the late-elementary league. In 1969, VFW Post 1939 asked the army veteran to start a team.
BENSON -- Sam Peterson overcame two triple bogeys to shoot a three-over-par 75 and win the individual title on his home course Saturday at the Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Boys Golf Invitational. It was the first invitational title for the Benson sophomore, who also logged four birdies and one bogey with 11 pars. Peterson won by three strokes over co-runners-up from Litchfield, senior Matt Thomas and eighth-grader Josh Polingo, each at 78. Golfers battled a cold wind under heavy overcast skies on the first day of May. The team prize went to New London-Spicer, which shot 322 to nudge Li
If April showers bring May flowers, what does a month of mostly sunshine beget? Golfers, of course. By the cartful. And at least, so far, one noteworthy feat. Andy Jacobson, no stranger to sub-par golf, shot a 62 at Eagle Creek a week ago Tuesday. He began his round in the early evening and finished by playing twilight speed golf. While not in competition, the round was authenticated by playing partners. Jacobson, 30, shot 29 on the front and 32 on the back.
WILLMAR -- Erin Sheehan, who will graduate with 13 letters, and Taylor Filipek, a three-year standout in basketball and a two-way starter in football, are the 2010 Lions Award winners for outstanding prep athletes at Willmar High School, it was announced on Monday. Sheehan was consistently a top performer in track and cross country. She earned eight Central Lakes All-Conference nods and is on the Willmar top 10 list in several running events.
Long-time teammates Andrea Brown and Callie Nelsen close out their respective four-year softball careers at Gustavus Adolphus this spring. The best scenario would be a return trip to the Division III National Tournament. The Gusties made their first trip ever to the softball finals last year when Brown and Nelsen were juniors. In high school, they played on Willmar teams that made it to the Class AAA state tournament four straight years.