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Panthers capture Northern Pines Conference golf titles

Having seven golfers earn all-conference honors helped Park Rapids sweep this year's Northern Pines Conference titles.

Drew Hilmanowski was the overall medalist with a 170 in her top four rounds during the six-meet conference schedule to earn MVP honors and lead the Panthers to the girls title with 7 points. Chloe Johnson was third overall with a 185 while Olivia Wallace and Sabela Valverde-Andrade shared fourth place with 188s as Park Rapids had four golfers named to the First Team. Olivia McDonald tied for eighth place with a 199 to earn a spot on the Second Team. Madison Johnson (205) was 10th overall.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte, led by runner-up Justine Day's 175, finished second with 13 points while United North Central took third with 17 points. Bigfork (26 points) and Red Lake (35 points) followed while Nevis, Cass Lake, Blackduck, Deer River and Kelliher-Northome didn't have complete teams in four meets.

UNC had two all-conference golfers with Hailey Usher finishing sixth with a 196 to earn a spot on the First Team and Anna Huttunen claiming the final spot on the Second Team with a 199. Also competing in at least four conference meets for the Warriors were Madi Womble (207), Toni Noland (223) and Elly Hillukka (234).

Maddy Mitchell had a 227 for Nevis.

In the boys standings, Park Rapids compiled 9 points to edge WHAL's 13 points and UNC's 14 points. Deer River (25), Bigfork (36), Nevis (37), Blackduck (49), Red Lake (51) and Cass Lake (57) rounded out the boys standings.

UNC's Luke Wurdock claimed MVP and medalist honors with a 158 in his four best rounds while Park Rapids' Tate Usher took third with a 163 and Bjorn Jorgenson was fourth with a 164 to join Wurdock on the First Team. UNC's Mason Hotakainen was seventh overall with a 172 and Anthony Wurdock finished ninth overall with a 174 to earn spots on the Second Team.

Park Rapids' Jackson Leckner missed Second Team honors by one stroke with a 175 while Jacob Bittmann (183), Luke Kosel (186), Justin Dravis (187) and Cody Dravis (189) also played in at least four conference meets for the Panthers.

For UNC, Vaughn Massie had a 178, Mikko Johnson had a 190 and Bobby Pietila had a 192 while Nevis was led by Dylan Spain-Brist's 190, Jack Johnson's 211 and Cooper Henry's 212.

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