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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Admittedly, Scott Swansson lives in a state of extended boyhood. "I never grew up," he says. He's serious. "The other day I was thinking, 'I'm still eating school lunches.' I've been eating schools lunches since I was in first grade." That was the early 1960s. He graduated from Willmar High School in 1974 after playing in three state tournaments and two state championship games in just his senior year. Thirty-five years later, he's coaching three sports at Woodbury High School.
MINNEAPOLIS -- No. 1 at the start of the tournament and No. 1 at the end. The New London-Spicer Wildcats (32-2) capped a season as the top dog by overpowering Crosby-Ironton 62-52 in the Class AA championship game at Target Center on Saturday afternoon. It's the second state basketball title in three years for NLS and head coach Matt Cordes. NLS was ranked No. 1 for the final eight weeks of the regular season. The 2008 championship was also settled between the Wildcats and the Rangers. "This is wonderful," said senior Erik Tengwall, who was also on the varsity as a sophomore.
MINNEAPOLIS - The first baseball game at the new outdoor stadium on the edge of downtown Minneapolis drew 36,056 people, curious to see the nation's newest major league ballpark. On a mild late-in-March afternoon, the home-town fans saw much to delight the eye but little to cheer.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The New London-Spicer Wildcats shot down the high-flying Braham Bombers 76-67 to gain the Section AA championship game today at the Target Center. The top-ranked Wildcats (31-2) will face the same program they saw two years ago when the NLS boys won their first basketball title. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers (25-2), ranked sixth in the final poll, moved into the final with a 51-48 overtime win over No.
The Ridgewater College baseball team opened its outdoor Minnesota season on Monday at Dick Putz Field against the St. Cloud State junior varsity. The March 22 debut outdoors in Central Minnesota is likely the earliest ever for the Warriors. The Willmar fields are still drying. Ridgewater head coach Joel Barta and a member of the park and rec department checked out Swansson Orange and Baker Fields on Tuesday. Though Orange, north of Willmar Avenue, has a higher elevation, Baker Field is closer to being ready because it has better drainage.
MINNEAPOLIS -- No team in this state basketball tournament is more aptly named than the Braham Bombers, who New London-Spicer plays at 8 p.m. today at the Target Center for a spot in Saturday's Class AA championship game. The Section 7AA champions aren't afraid to let it fly from anywhere on the court. They've dropped 289 three-point bombs on opponents with cold-blooded accuracy (41 percent). The Wildcats have made 168 treys this season at a 35-percent clip. Braham used the long shot to climb out of a 20-point hole with six minutes to play in the quarterfinals.
MINNEAPOLIS -- On to Target Center. The New London-Spicer Wildcats took care of first-round business on the University of Minnesota campus, dumping the overmatched Windom Eagles 78-60 at Williams Arena on Wednesday night. Aaron Jenny paced the Wildcats with 27 points, one over his previous season high.
ST. CLOUD -- In the New London-Spicer huddle with 2.8 seconds left in overtime, junior Jayme Moten wanted the ball. "He said 'Get me the ball, I can make this," recalled Erik Tengwall in the delirious aftermath of the Wildcats' 71-68 victory over Staples-Motley on Friday. Aaron Jenny inbounded the ball to Tengwall, who passed to Moten at the far end of the court. Moten flew past the Cardinals' bench and over the time line.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It was an historic day for the communities of Buffalo Lake and Hector, which sent its first team ever to a state basketball tournament. "They'll always have that," said Mustangs head coach Josh Tjosaas. "When they go back to the school (after they graduate), they'll always be able to see what they've done." The Mustangs fell to Goodhue Thursday afternoon in the girls Class A quarterfinals 54-46 to eliminate them from the tournament field. "I wish they had a consolation round," said Tjosaas.
MANKATO -- OK, so Hutchinson can play basketball, too. The Tigers proved it's not just a football school on Thursday night as they leveled Willmar 77-59 in the Section 2AAA championship game at Taylor Center. The No. 1 seed played a dominating first half to pile up an 18-point lead, 39-21. The Cardinals, the No. 2 seed in the section, recuperated in the halftime locker room, but it was too late.