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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Worthington has stopped the Willmar girls post-season drive to state each of the last two years. A year ago the Trojans crushed the Cardinals 54-31 in the 2AAA championship game at Mankato. Two years ago, it was 73-55 in the semifinals (Marshall toppled the Trojans in the 2008 section final). Today's 7 p.m. meeting at Bresnan Arena should be closer. The Cardinals (22-4) have a better chance, a view reinforced by their No. 1 seed. Worthington (19-5), at No. 2, is fresh off a 56-45 win No.
COLLEGEVILLE - Maren Greenwaldt drained four 3-pointers on the way to 18 points and Kali Peschel added 17 points as Sauk Centre ambushed New London-Spicer 45-32 for the Section 6AA-East girls basketball title Tuesday night at St. John's University. Greenwaldt and Peschel alone outpointed the Wildcats' offense, which made 13-of-44 shots (29.5 percent) and coughed up the ball 13 times. This was the rubber game of three meetings between the West Central Conference North co-champions and the one that mattered most. NLS upended the Mainstreeters 45-41 in New London on Feb.
ST. PAUL -- For some a championship is "expected" for others it doesn't seem possible. It can also be a "long-term goal" and for most winning that final match in the championship round puts a teenager on top of the world. The West Central Tribune coverage area went four-for-four late Saturday afternoon in the Class A championship round at the Xcel Energy Center. Ryan Thompson of Benson won his second consecutive state title, this time at 152 pounds.
Adam Fagerstrom is on the state wrestling mats today needing one win to hit the century mark. "This is my last chance. It's win or go home," said the Cardinals' 135-pounder. He sat in the Xcel Energy Center stands the past two years. "It's some scene," he says of the four-day, three-class wrestle- down. Four Cardinal wrestlers got to state this year.
ALEXANDRIA -- Willmar's bid for the Section 6A final fell short when the Cardinals lost to No. 1-seed Alexandria 3-1 on Saturday at a jammed Runestone Community Center. "They were just a few shifts better," said senior Willmar defenseman Paul Schrupp, who saw his three-year varsity career come to an end. "There's nothing more we can do; we gave it our all." By winning for the 13th time in its last 14 games, Alexandria (19-6-1) takes aim at another Central Lakes Conference team, Sartell, on Friday at the MAC in St.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals dropped their third straight game Tuesday night, but the outlook might not be all that bad, said Sam Esboldt after the 76-65 loss to St. Cloud Tech. "This is as strong as the conference has been in a while," said the senior forward, who scored a career-high 26 points. "This will just strengthen us for later. Hopefully, it will help us go deep in the playoffs." The Cardinals fell to 8-7 in the Central Lakes and 15-8 overall with three conference games left. Tech stayed in the conference race at 13-2.