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Phil Stuemke and Jared Hoefs weren't surprised when the Park Rapids Clay Dusters captured the Class 3A title at the 2017 Trap Shooting Championship at Alexandria on June 14. "I expected it," said Stuemke, the head coach of the Clay Dusters. "I have high expectations for these students. They work hard and are so competitive. They did so well. We really cleaned house there. I'm so proud of them."
Park Rapids' Austin Carlson capped off his junior season as a member of the University of Minnesota Duluth men's track team by placing in two events at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships at Seafoam Stadium on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul on May 12-13.
An eight-run sixth inning powered Midway to a 15-3 victory over the Park Rapids Esox in a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game Sunday afternoon at Matt Leritz Stadium. Midway took a 6-0 lead through five innings before the Esox made it 6-3 with three unearned runs in the sixth. The Snurdbirds countered in the bottom of that inning to end this game after seven innings via the 10-run rule.
Dan Pike has always wanted to run a marathon. Saturday's Grandma's Marathon at Duluth provided the perfect opportunity as the 24-year-old from Park Rapids completed his first marathon in 3 hours, 50 minutes, 30 seconds. "I've always wanted to do one and I always wanted to run the Duluth marathon," said Pike. "I heard it was fun and I knew my cousin was going to be there, so I decided to train for it." Pike's cousin Aaron Pike took first in the 30-racer wheelchair division with a time of 1:29:02. Dan Pike was happy just finishing while fulfilling his main goal.
Wadena-Deer Creek shut down the offense of the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team with a pair of shutouts Monday night at Park Rapids. Park Rapids managed only four hits in the doubleheader, dropping the first game 13-0 in six innings and the second game 1-0 in five innings in the season openers. Gabe Bagstad's single with two outs in the second and Ty Karger's lead-off single in the sixth provided the only hits for Park Rapids. Sam Eystad reached on an error in the fourth and Austin Jerger walked in the sixth to account for Park Rapids' other baserunners.
Kyle Bahe and Bryant Black used a birdie on the first sudden-death playoff hole to capture the title at Sunday's 2-Man Best Ball/Scramble Tournament at Headwaters Golf Club. Kevin Krigbaum and Tom Jenkins used a 59 during Sunday's 18 holes of scramble play to wipe out a three-shot deficit and tie Bahe and Black at 124 after regulation play in the two-day event. A birdie on No. 1 in the first hole of a playoff gave Bahe and Black the title in this 31-team tournament.
Brooke Jerger and Rilee Michaelson combined to give up only two hits and two runs as the Park Rapids 18U fastpitch softball team opened Prairies Lakes League play with a doubleheader sweep at Pelican Rapids on June 6. Jerger threw a one-hitter and struck out 11 as Park Rapids won the opener 15-1 in six innings while Michaelson followed with a one-hitter with seven strikeouts as Park Rapids completed the sweep with a 7-1 victory in the second game.
Sally Yliniemi and Cole Girtz led the way as the Park Rapids Clay Dusters captured the Class 3A title at Wednesday’s 2017 Trap Shooting Championship at Alexandria to qualify for the Minnesota Clay Target State Tournament.
Nevis' Logan Tinnes and Park Rapids' Jaiden McCollum fulfilled their goals by earning medals during Saturday's finals of the state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Park Rapids' Hope Johnson completed her second season as a member of the Bemidji State University women's tennis team. Johnson played in six matches for the Beavers, going 3-2 in singles and 2-1 in doubles. Against Concordia College, Johnson posted a 6-4, 5-7, 11-9 victory over Talia Dalzell at No. 6 singles and teamed with Sabrina Okeson to defeat Dalzell and Mikaila Carney 8-1 at No. 3 doubles in BSU's 8-1 win.