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The Park Rapids Clay Dusters trap-shooting team is enjoying another successful season. The Clay Dusters claimed runner-up honors in the Class 3A Conference 5 standings this season with 20,098.50 points. Park Rapids scored 4,224.50 points in Week 1, 4,153 points in Week 2, 3,778.50 points in Week 3, 4,074 points in Week 4 and 3,868.50 points in Week 5. Hibbing took first with 24,836.50 points during the five-week competition.
Cory Odland threw a six-hit complete game and Drew Rasmussen went 3 for 4 in leading Midway to a 6-1 amateur baseball win over the Ada Athletics in the first round of the Mike Johnson Memorial Tournament at Morris on June 3. Midway lost the next two games as the Raymond Rockets prevailed 6-0 on June 3 and the Elrosa Saints posted a 7-4 win on June 4. In the win over Ada, the Snurdbirds scored twice in the fifth and single runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings.
Detroit Lakes took the lead during Monday's first 18 holes and led the field again during Tuesday's final 18 holes to sweep the boys and girls team titles at the Section 8AA Golf Championships at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. In the girls tournament, Detroit Lakes followed a 328 on Monday with a 323 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 651 to defeat Crookston by 20 shots. Park Rapids finished sixth with rounds of 373 and 365 for a 738.
United North Central's Annika Aho and Jake Clements just missed qualifying for the state Class A track and field meet with third-place finishes at Thursday's Section 6A meet at Fergus Falls. Aho clocked a 5:24.68 in the 800-meter run to finish behind the 5:13.89 by Perham's Brynnan Covington and the 5:21.45 by Morris Area's Maddie Carrington. Aho also placed sixth in the 800 in 2:27.13 to account for 7 of the Warriors' 8 team points. Anna Olson scored the other point by clearing 8 feet, 4 inches to place sixth in the pole vault.
After giving up 11 runs in one inning in a loss, the Park Rapids baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a win and a split at Thursday's Section 8AA tournament at Crookston. East Grand Forks sent 15 batters to the plate during an 11-run third inning to send the Panthers into the losers' bracket with a 12-2 win in five innings in the first round of the double-elimination portion of the section tournament. Park Rapids stayed alive by scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to eliminate Roseau with a 4-3 win.
Park Rapids head coach Andrew Lachowitzer liked the chances of the boys 4 x 800-meter relay team to qualify for the state Class A meet. That relay team consisting of junior Matt Benson, sophomore Seth Breitweser and seniors Jack Christenson and Adam Jacobi entered Saturday's Section 8A meet at Bagley as the top seed with a time of 8:33.31. The Panthers had won this race in six meets during the season.
Corey Hill had mixed emotions following Saturday's Section 8A girls track and field meet at Bagley. The Park Rapids head coach had plenty of good news when five individuals qualified for the state Class A meet in three events. Senior Lydia Kantonen, junior Jaiden McCollum, sophomore Abby Eystad, freshman Kamree Carlson and eighth grader Hannah Morgan provided the main highlights of the meet by qualifying for state.
Logan Tinnes and the 4 x 100-meter relay team will represent Nevis at the state Class A boys track and field meet. Tinnes qualified for state by placing second in the 110-meter hurdles with a qualifying time of 15.37 and joined Kyle Schmidt, Jack DeWulf and Zach Henry on the 400 relay that finished second in 46.08 at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Bagley.
For the second year in a row, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton ended the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team's bid to advance to the state Class AA tournament. Last season, D-G-F used wins of 4-1 and 2-1 over the Panthers to win the Section 8AA title. On Thursday at Thief River Falls, the Rebels rallied for a 5-2 victory to deny Park Rapids a return trip to the section finals.
The 2017 Minnesota Gopher Road Trip, the latest in the annual tradition that brings Gopher coaches and administrators around Gold Country to meet with fans, will be bigger than many of its predecessors.