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When Tyler Lehrke began playing hockey at the age of 7, his dream was to become a professional hockey player. That dream has come true. Lehrke signed to play for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League, which is a mid-level professional minor hockey league. The Killer Bees play at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. "Tyler is a kid that I targeted as soon as our 2009-10 season ended," said Killer Bees head coach Chris Brooks in a press release. "I've seen him play since he was 15. He fits with the culture of our team.
For the fourth time in the last five years, Shelly Miller was able to coast down the stretch to win the women's club championship at Headwaters Country Club. Miller shot an 87 during Saturday's first 18 holes to carry an 18-shot lead over Kim Rasmussen, a 19-shot lead over Jan Husby and a 23-stroke advantage over Peg Heeren into Sunday's final 18 holes. Despite shooting a 93 Sunday, Miller was able to extend her lead, finishing with a two-day total of 180 and a 23-stroke advantage over Rasmussen, who fired a 98 for a two-day total of 203.
Ryan Steinert needed a late rally Sunday to win his first men's club championship at Headwaters Country Club. Steinert trailed Taylor Schroeder by five strokes with five holes to play before closing with a birdie and four pars to claim the men's title by one stroke. An even-par 36 on the final nine holes gave Steinert a 45-hole total of 190 to edge Schroeder's 191 and Jeff Falk's 193. A total of 20 men teed off Saturday for the first 18 holes, which resulted in a three-way tie for first as Schroeder, Steve Brown and Jim Emerson opened with 76s.
When Corey Hill became the head coach of the Park Rapids girls track and field team in 2004, his long-range goal was to build the Panthers into one of the premier teams in the state. That goal was accomplished this spring. During the first six meets, the Panthers won four titles and finished second the other two times. Park Rapids then won the Section 6A True Team title and finished fifth at the state Class A True Team meet. The Panthers followed a runner-up finish at the Mid-State Conference meet by winning the Subsection 8-29A title for the fifth year in a row.
Close losses to Fergus Falls and New York Mills ended Park Rapids' run to win the State Intact Babe Ruth Tournament title. Park Rapids opened the double-elimination age 13-15 state baseball tournament with a 6-4 loss to Fergus Falls Thursday and was eliminated with a 9-5 loss to New York Mills Friday at Fergus Falls. In the opener against Fergus Falls, Park Rapids led 4-3 after two innings before Fergus Falls scored twice in the third and once in the fourth. A single by Chris Goplerud, a walk to Drew Bade and a single by Kyle Goplerud led to two Park Rapids runs in the first before walks
A runner-up finish in the District 2 tournament sent the Park Rapids Babe Ruth baseball team to the state intact tournament. Park Rapids advanced to the district championship game by defeating Vergas 10-3 and Bagley 9-6 Wednesday and Staples 9-7 in 10 innings Thursday at New York Mills. The Park Rapids 13- to 15-year-olds settled for second place with an 11-7 loss to New York Mills Friday. The double-elimination state tournament begins Thursday at Fergus Falls. Park Rapids plays Fergus Falls at 10 a.m. at the American Legion field.
Midway advanced to the Lake and Pine League North Division championship game with a pair of amateur baseball victories last weekend. The Snurdbirds defeated Blackduck 12-2 in seven innings last Saturday in the opening round before defeating Huntersville 7-0 Sunday at Midway. Zach Etter threw a five-hitter and struck out 13 to lead Midway past Blackduck. Midway scored three times in the first, second and seventh innings to win via the 10-run rule. In addition to his compelte-game victory, Etter went 2 for 4 at the plate with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI.
The Park Rapids Babe Ruth 13- to 15-year-old baseball team took the scenic route to qualify for the district tournament. Park Rapids entered the Timberline East double-elimination tournament as the No. 3 seed with a 10-10 record during the regular season. After defeating No. 6 Sebeka 14-8 in the first round last Tuesday, Park Rapids was thrown into the losers' bracket with a 4-0 loss to the Park Rapids Storm, the No. 2 seed. Park Rapids stayed alive with a 6-5 win over No.
The Park Rapids 16-under JO fastpitch softball team ended the season on a positive note by sweeping a Northern Lights League doubleheader from Pine River-Backus Wednesday night. Park Rapids won the first game 4-3 and followed with a 10-6 win in the second game to end the season with a 2-10 record. In the first game, Park Rapids trailed 3-0 after four innings before rallying for the win. Olivia Vaadeland led off the fifth with a single and scored on a double by Katelyn Hilmanowski and a single by Brittany Kinkel. Park Rapids scored three times in the sixth to complete the comeback.
After closing out the regular season with a pair of wins, the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team saw its season come to an end with a pair of losses in the subdistrict tournament. The Legion defeated Bertha-Hewitt 4-1 on July 5 and Walker 13-5 on July 6 to end the regular season with a 9-3 record. That gave Park Rapids the No. 1 seed for the subdistrict tournament. Park Rapids opened the double-elimination subdistrict tournament at Menahga with an 8-3 loss to No. 5 Bertha-Hewitt Monday night. The Legion stayed alive with an 8-1 win over No.