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Park Rapids' Ian Johnson blasted a shot out of the bunker in front of the No. 18 green during Friday's Mid-Minnesota Conference meet at Blueberry Pines.
Park Rapids' Ian Johnson blasted a shot out of the bunker in front of the No. 18 green during Friday's Mid-Minnesota Conference meet at Blueberry Pines.

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Michael Strain and Nick Forsberg carded rounds of 2-under 70 as Staples-Motley dominated the first Mid-Minnesota Conference boys golf meet at Blueberry Pines Friday.

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The Cardinals carded a five-player team score of 376 and earned 56 points in the first conference meet of the season. United North Central finished third with a 450 and 31.50 points, Park Rapids was fourth with a 457 and 29 points and Nevis took sixth with a 489 and 20 points.

Bailey Mueller shot an 87 to finish third at the No. 2 player position while Dustin Bethel (at the No. 4 spot) and Jamie Stewart (at the No. 5 spot) shot 91s to finish third at their positions.

Bradley Johnson (with a 90 at the No. 3 spot), Don Wurdock (with an 89 at the No. 5 spot) and Luke Wurdock (with an 87 at the No. 6 spot) were runners-up at their positions to lead the host Warriors.

Daniel Stacey shot a 92 to finish third at the No. 3 spot while AJ Pappas carded a 92 to finish fourth at the No. 4 spot to lead Nevis.

Team standings: Staples-Motley (376) 56 points, Pequot Lakes (444) 33, United North Central (450) 31.50, Park Rapids (457) 29, Crosby-Ironton (472) 22.50, Nevis (489) 20, Pine River-Backus (484) 18, Wadena-Deer Creek (520) 14.

Individual results

No. 1 player: 1, Nick Forsberg, SM, 70. 5, Lane Hillukka, UNC, 90. 7, Ian Johnson, PR, 94. 8, Matt Halik, N, 100.

No. 2 player: 1, Michael Strain, SM, 70. 3, Bailey Mueller, PR, 87. 6, Noah Hendrickson, UNC, 99. 7, Aaron Halik, N, 104.

No. 3 player: 1, Andrew Israelson, SM, 80. 2, Bradley Johnson, UNC, 90. 3, Daniel Stacey, N, 92. 5, Wyatt Derman, PR, 96.

No. 4 player: 1, Trent Hagenson, SM, 78. 3, Dustin Bethel, PR, 91. 4, AJ Pappas, N, 92. 5 (tie), Arik Hillukka, UNC, 94.

No. 5 player: 1, Mitch Hagenson, SM, 84. 2, Don Wurdock, UNC, 89. 3, Jamie Stewart, PR, 91. 5, Gunnar Netteberg, N, 101.

No. 6 player: 1, Dakota Waverek, SM, 78. 2, Luke Wurdock, UNC, 87. 4, Ryan DeLaHunt, PR, 94. 7, Brett Johnson, N, 109.

Cardinals win invitational

Friday's meet at Blueberry Pines also served as a 15-team United North Central Invitational.

Staples-Motley's four-player score of 296 led the field while UNC finished sixth with a 356, Park Rapids tied for ninth with a 363 and Nevis finished 13th with a 385.

Team scores: Staples-Motley 296, Perham 328, Bagley 341, Pequot Lakes 349, Cass Lake-Bena 355, United North Central 356, Ottertail Central 358, Frazee 360, Park Rapids 363, Crosby-Ironton 363, Pine River-Backus 367, Fosston 371, Nevis 385, Wadena-Deer Creek 404, Red Lake incomplete.

Individual results

Medalist: Michael Strain, S-M, 70. 2, Nick Forsberg, S-M, 70. 3, Beau Hanson, F, 77. 4, Cody Wind, CLB, 77. 5, Trent Hagenson, SM, 78.

Park Rapids results

Bailey Mueller 87, Dustin Bethel 91, Jamie Stewart 91, Ian Johnson 94, Ryan DeLaHunt 91, Wyatt Derman 96.

United North Central results

Luke Wurdock 87, Don Wurdock 89, Lane Hillukka 90, Bradley Johnson 90, Arik Hillukka 94, Noah Hendrickson 99.

Nevis results

Daniel Stacey 92, AJ Pappas 92, Matt Halik 100, Gunnar Netteberg 101, Aaron Halik 104, Brett Johnson 109.

Panthers card 358 at Staples

The Panthers finished ninth at Saturday's 14-team Staples-Motley Invitational at The Vintage with a 358.

Ian Johnson, Mueller and Bethel carded 88s while Ryan DeLaHunt's 94 rounded out the Panthers' team score.

Nevis used Stacey's 84, Matt Halik's 94, and a pair of 95s by Pappas and Gunnar Netteberg to finish 10th with a 368.

Forsberg earned medalist honors with a 72 in leading Staples-Motley to the team title with a 303.

Team scores: Staples-Motley 303, Bemidji 313, Perham 319, Providence Academy 329, St. Cloud Cathedral 337, Shattuck St. Mary's 337, Albany 348, Crosby-Ironton 352, Park Rapids 358, Nevis 368, Princeton 369, Park Christian 370, Barnesville 386, Wadena-Deer Creek 411.

Individual results

Medalist: Nick Forsberg, SM, 72. 2, Trey Dale, Bem, 75. 3 (tie), Dan Cavanaugh, Per, Michael Strain, SM, and Andrew Israelson, SM 76.

Park Rapids results

Ian Johnson 42-46-88, Bailey Mueller 39-49-88, Dustin Bethel 44-44-88, Ryan DeLaHunt 44-50-94, Wyatt Derman 44-53-97, Zach Hagen 63-65-128.

Nevis results

Daniel Stacey 42-42-84, Matt Halik 43-51-94, AJ Pappas 48-47-95, Gunnar Netteberg 44-51-95, Aaron Halik 46-55-101, Brett Johnson 52-58-110.

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