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PHOTOS: Willmar Post 167 takes on legion state tournament

Willmar Post 167 finished in third-place for a second consecutive summer.

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Willmar Post 167's Hunter Magnuson celebrates during a game against Sartell Post 277 on Friday, July 29, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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BURNSVILLE — Willmar Post 167 took third-place at the legion state tournament Sunday in Burnsville.

Post 167 held a 2-1 record in pool play, defeating Farmington and Sartell and falling against the eventual state champions in St. Michael, to advance to the bracket style play of the state tournament as the pool three runner-ups.

Willmar defeated Princeton Post 216 on Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals before losing to Mankato National Post 11 in the semifinals on Saturday evening.

Post 167 finished in third-place at the legion state tournament for a second consecutive summer after defeating Edina Post 471 by a score of 6-3 on Sunday.

Here is a photo gallery with 28 photos from Willmar Post 167's eventful weekend:

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Sunday vs. Edina Post 471 (third-place game)

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Jason Malmgren smiles after Willmar Post 167 defeated Edina Post 471 on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167 starting pitcher Jaydon Garnhardt fires a pitch toward home plate in a game against Edina Post 471 on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Brandt Sunder smiles after Willmar Post 167 defeated Edina Post 471 on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167 center fielder Alex Schramm throws the ball toward the infield in a game against Edina Post 471 on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at AliMagnet Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Dylan Arndorfer reaches first base and fist bumps with Josh Tinklenberg on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Saturday evening vs. Mankato National Post 11 (state semifinals)

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Jason Malmgren fires a pitch toward home plate in a game between Willmar Post 167 and Mankato National Post 11 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Vanderlaan Field in Burnsville.
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Sam Etterman swings at the plate for Willmar Post 167 in a game against Mankato National Post 11 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Vanderlaan Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Cayden Hansen sprints toward home plate in a game against Mankato National Post 11 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Vanderlaan Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Alex Schramm makes contact with the ball in a game against Mankato National Post 11 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Vanderlaan Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Ian Koosman fires the ball across field in a game against Mankato National Post 11 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Vanderlaan Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167 starting pitcher Dylan Arndorfer fires a warmup pitch toward home plate in a game against Mankato National Post 11 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Vanderlaan Field in Burnsville.
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Saturday afternoon vs. Princeton Post 216 (state quarterfinals)

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Willmar Post 167 shortstop Ian Koosman tosses the ball to second base in a game against Princeton Post 216 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167 first baseman Carter Schow makes contact at the plate in a game against Princeton Post 216 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167 starting pitcher Cayden Hansen throws a pitch toward home plate in a game against Princeton Post 216 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Alex Schramm takes a swing at the plate in a game against Princeton Post 216 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Brandt Sunder smiles toward the dugout after reaching first base in a game against Princeton Post 216 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167 shortstop Ian Koosman fires a throw across the field in a game against Princeton Post 216 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167 starting pitcher Cayden Hansen fires a pitch toward home plate in a game against Princeton Post 216 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Hunter Magnuson catches and throws the ball toward first base in a game against Princeton Post 216 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Dylan Arndorfer slides head-first into third base for a triple against Princeton Post 216 on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Friday vs. Sartell Post 277 (pool play)

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Willmar Post 167's Brandt Sunder connects at the plate in a game against Sartell Post 277 on Friday, July 29, 2022, at AliMagnet Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167 shortstop Ian Koosman throws the ball across field in a game against Sartell Post 277 on Friday, July 29, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Dylan Arndorfer makes contact with ball in a game against Sartell Post 277 on Friday, July 29, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Cayden Hansen throws the ball across field for Willmar Post 167 in a game against Sartell Post 277 on Friday, July 29, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Alex Schramm bunts in a game against Sartell Post 277 on Friday, July 29, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167 starting pitcher Hunter Magnuson fires a pitch toward home plate in a game against Sartell Post 277 on Friday, July 29, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167's Brandt Sunder lays down a bunt in a game against Sartell Post 277 on Friday, July 29, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Willmar Post 167 head coach Doug Ruter invites a high-five before the team took on Sartell Post 277 on Friday, July 29, 2022, at AliMagnet Bunnell Field in Burnsville.
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Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in June 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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