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Final bow for meaningful tournament

Sometimes good comes out of tragedy. It's called the human spirit. When Diane Tessier and Chris Waltman died in an automobile accident in June 1973, it cut short the lives of two vibrant19-year-olds. But their memories have lived on the past 35 y...

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Sometimes good comes out of tragedy. It's called the human spirit.

When Diane Tessier and Chris Waltman died in an automobile accident in June 1973, it cut short the lives of two vibrant19-year-olds. But their memories have lived on the past 35 years thanks to a softball tournament in their names.

The Tessier-Waltman women's slowpitch tournament takes a final bow this weekend. The 35th and final tournament runs Saturday and Sunday at the Wheeler Softball Complex in West Duluth.

Family, friends and softball teammates of the two Duluth Denfeld graduates began the tournament in August 1973, less than three months after the fateful June 3 day when a car carrying four women on the A&W Shoredrive team home from a tournament crashed in rural Superior, killing Tessier and Waltman.

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