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In each of the 16 years of the Northwoods Triathlon, Nevis' Edward Bolton has been a perennial favorite to win his age division. Being one of the oldest individual competitors every year since the Nevis triathlon began in 2003 has had its advantages. "I've finished first a few times," said Bolton. "I guess there's no glory in that when no one else is in your division."
It was deja vu all over again at Nevis' 16th annual Northwoods Triathlon on Aug. 11. Mayer's Brooks Grossinger and Corcoran's Mata Agre defended their titles with Grossinger claiming the men's title for the 12th consecutive year and 14th time overall while Agre captured the women's title for the third year in a row.
Midway is heading back to the state Class C amateur baseball tournament after repeating as the Region 14C champs. The Snurdbirds overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring twice in the fifth and twice in the sixth for a 5-3 win over Bluffton in the Region 14C championship game Aug. 11 at Perham.
TJ Erickson and Austin Becker pitched complete games as the Park Rapids Esox ended a successful season with a pair of losses at the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament Aug. 4-5 at Deer Creek. Park Rapids, the No. 2 seed in the Lake and Pine League, opened with a 4-2 loss to Deer Creek Aug. 4. Deer Creek entered as the No. 3 seed in the Hi-10 League. Both teams scored a run in the first inning before the Shockers scored once in the fifth and twice in the eighth to build a 4-1 lead. The Esox scored the final run in the bottom of the eighth.
After losing the lead early in the final round, Trent Wilcox played even-par golf for the final 18 holes to capture the Men's Club Championship at Headwaters Golf Club Sunday afternoon. Wilcox finished the two-day, 45-hole tournament with a 184 to defeat defending champion Doug Taylor by six strokes. Jim Emerson was third with a 191, Dana Husby finished fourth with a 194, Lee Davis was fifth with a 195 and Wayne Nelson took sixth with a 208. There were nine golfers who teed off on Saturday with six finishing all 45 holes.
Sue Fisher played steady golf in coasting to the last two Women's Club Championships at Headwaters Golf Club. Winning her sixth consecutive title Sunday proved to be even easier. Fisher was the only member who signed up for the two-day, 36-hole Women's Club Championship. The way Fisher played during Saturday's first 18 holes, it's doubtful any competitor would have dethroned the defending champ.
John Schumacher said the timing was right to retire as Park Rapids' activities director. After serving 31 years in different capacities for District 309, including the last 14 as the activities director, Schumacher officially retired on July 1.
Keegan Moses and Shelby Lewis were the top male and female finishers in the 5th annual Park Rapids Fire Department 5 Alarm 5K. Moses led the 27-runner field with a winning time of 20:10 while Lewis was the top female runner with a time of 22:27. Steve Safratowich was the top finisher among firefighters competing in the 5K run/walk with a time of 23:30. Following Moses and Lewis were Kristen Mitteness (22:52), Safratowich, Gabrielle Miller (23:35), David Mitteness (23:53), Kristine Miller (25:54), Lana Snyder (26:58), Embry Deshayes (30:26) and Maya Deshayes (33:53).
Two solid pitching performances and a dramatic walk-off win led Midway to the championship game of the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament. Stetson Burkman and Pete Marjamaa combined on a nine-hitter as Midway opened the region tournament with a 4-2 win over Perham Aug. 4 at Perham. Jake Lund followed with a four-hit complete game as the Snurdbirds defeated Bluffton 6-2 Aug. 4 at Perham. Midway advanced to the region championship game with a 9-8 win over New York Mills Aug. 5 at Perham.
Corey Hill wasn't surprised by the success of the Park Rapids girls track and field team this spring. The Panthers once again won the Subsection 8-29A title, contended for the Section 8A title and sent multiple athletes to the state Class A meet. In other words, it was another typical season on the track for the Panthers.