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When Sarah VanderMeiden entered the Northwoods Triathlon in 2004, little did she know this race in Nevis would turn into an annual Engebretson family reunion. This year, 17 members and three generations of the Engebretson family participated in the 15th annual triathlon, which was held on Aug. 12. Among the group participating was Paul Engebretson, who was the oldest triathlon competitor at age 80. Sticking with tradition, the Engebretsons gathered at the home of Wayne and Martha (Engebretson) Thompson on Sixth Crow Wing for a family reunion following the triathlon.
Sue Fisher took charge down the stretch to repeat as the Women's Club Champion at Headwaters Golf Club. Fisher held a two-shot lead over Maggie Winchell after the first 18 holes before stretching that margin to 12 shots during the final round in coasting to the win. A birdie on the final hole put the finishing touches on the tournament as Fisher captured her fifth Women's Club Championship in a row.
Brooks Grossinger from Mayer and Mata Agre from Corcoran repeated as the men's and women's champions at the 15th annual Northwoods Triathlon at Nevis on Aug. 12.
The way Doug Taylor won the Men's Club Championship at Headwaters Golf Club Sunday afternoon epitomized his steady play during the 45-hole, two-day tournament. Taylor tapped in a routine par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against Steve Brown to capture his first Men's Club Championship. Both golfers finished regulation play with 190s. Taylor, the 2015 Senior Club Champion, went 45 holes plus the playoff hole without carding a birdie to top the 12-golfer field. Taylor played consistent golf both days, finishing with 36 pars and 10 bogeys.
Midway is headed back to the state Class C amateur baseball tournament. The Snurdbirds earned an automatic state berth by advancing to the Region 14C championship game with a 7-1 win over Detroit Lakes Saturday afternoon at Perham. Midway was awarded the region title when Sunday's championship game against New York Mills was rained out. Both Midway and New York Mills qualify for state. Midway went 3-0 in region play to earn the team's first region title since winning the Region 16C championship in 2008.
A 1-0 loss to Sebeka in the first round of the Section 5A playoffs epitomized the season for the Menahga baseball team.
Call it business as usual for the Park Rapids girls track and field team. Despite having only three seniors, three juniors and four sophomores among the 28 athletes who scored points on varsity, the Panthers put together another successful season. Highlights of this past spring were winning the Section 8A True Team title, repeating as Subsection 8-29A champions for the 12th year in a row, earning runner-up honors at the Section 8A meet and sending five individuals in three events to the state Class A meet.
Jake Lund outdueled Travis George as Midway remained undefeated in the Region 14C amateur baseball playoffs. Lund threw a five-hitter and struck out 13 in leading the Snurdbirds to a 4-0 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at Perham on Aug. 5. After a three-hour rain delay, W-DC threatened to take the early lead. The Shockers left the bases loaded in the first inning and left runners on second and third in the third. Lund recorded a strikeout to end the first and induced two grounders to end the third to keep the game scoreless.
Back-to-back solo home runs by Chris Baso and Zach Etter with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning rallied Midway to a 4-3 win over Perham in a Region 14C amateur baseball playoff game July 30 at Deer Creek. Baso faced a 1-2 count before blasting a pitch over the left-field fence to tie the game. Etter followed with a similar blast to give the Snurdbirds the walk-off win.
Several area swimmers capped off the summer season by competing in the Park Rapids Summer Invitational at the Area High School pool on July 26. The meet drew 29 girls and 15 boys ages 5-17 from Park Rapids and the Lakes Area (Detroit Lakes and Perham) and featured 15 events. Ribbons were awarded to the top-seven finishers in each event with medals going to the high point champion in each age division. Following are the results from the Summer Invitational.