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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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.
WILLMAR -- Freshman Joey Dreier finished second individually leading New London-Spicer to a runner-up finish at the two-day Litchfield/Willmar Invitational on Saturday at Eagle Creek Golf Club. Dreier shot a two-over par 74 to go with a 77 at Litchfield on Friday.
LITCHFIELD -- Count on the weather to do something mischievous during the 36-hole Willmar/Litchfield Invitational. But at least it wasn't brutal cold or a slashing rain. This time it was a 20-25 miles-per-hour wind barreling across the defenseless Litchfield Golf Course to challenge the 120 golfers on Friday. Closest to par in 58-degree sunshine was Nick Nielsen of first-day leader Bloomington Jefferson with a 5-over 75.
After three years on the Willmar Cardinal varsity and two with the Ridgewater College Warriors, Casey Sussenguth leaves town next fall to attend Southwest Minnesota State University. "I really wanted to play at the next level," said Sussenguth, who averaged 20.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists this season. "It's a great conference (the NSIC is Division II), and I know it will be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to it." Sussenguth, who is 6-foot-8, pushed his own recruiting cart. Since the MCAC isn't highly recruited, he contacted Mustangs' coach Brad Bigler.