The Park Rapids Clay Dusters trapshooting team dominated the eight-team Class 2A Conference 6 this spring.
The Clay Dusters finished first in competition in all five weeks, compiling 2,462.50 points in Week 1, 2,255 points in Week 2, 2,396 points in Week 3, 2,379 points in Week 4 and 2,185.50 points in Week 5 for a total of 11,678. Ashby was a distant second with 8,346 while Battle Lake (8,008), Rushford-Peterson (6,804), PACT Charter (6,106), Minneota (6,028.50), Swanville (5,248.80) and Canby (3,975) rounded out the conference standings.
Park Rapids’ McKenzie Girtz led the conference with a 24.70 average out of 25.00 while Lexi Smykalski tied for sixth at 14.50 and Kyla Mercil was 13th at 12.40 in the girls rankings.
For the boys, Park Rapids’ Kaiden Walsh led the conference with a 24.50 average. Alex Eischens (third at 23.90), Jacob Zinniel (fourth at 23.40), Owen Wagner (fifth at 23.30), Aaron McDonald (sixth at 22.90), Brendan Landstrom (seventh at 22.60), and Bode Lee and Mason Eischens (tied for eighth at 22.40) also were in the top 10 for the Clay Dusters. Also finishing in the top 25 were Tayden George (tied for 15th at 21.70), Andrew Bittmann (17th at 21.50), Matt Lichter (19th at 21.30) and Riley Payne (24th at 20.80).
The Menahga Bird Busters finished fifth in the Class 1A, Conference 8 standings with 3,165 points after scoring 535.50 points in Week 1, 583.50 points in Week 2, 669 points in Week 3, 767.50 points in Week 4 and 609.50 points in Week 5. Glenville-Emmons led the nine-team conference with 5,046 points.
Menahga’s Erica Johnson finished third overall with a 19.80 average while Chris Kicker (ninth at 12.80) and DeVyana Pederson (15th at 8.20) also finished in the top 25 for the girls. Carter Hasbargen tied for 20th for the boys with a 21.40 average.