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Clay Target: Park Rapids finishes second in conference standings

McKenzie Girtz takes first among females in conference after 5 weeks of competition in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target Spring League.

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McKenzie Girtz was the top female and Alex Eischens finished as the runner-up among males as the Park Rapids Clay Dusters finished second in the final Minnesota State High School Clay Target Spring League Class 3A, Conference 4 standings.

Girtz hit 45 of 50 targets in Week 5 to finish with a 23.50 average out of a possible 25.00 average after five weeks of shooting 10 25-target rounds. Girtz tied for eighth place overall among the females in the league that featured nine classes and 43 conferences.

Eischens hit 48 targets in Week 5 to finish with a 23.20 average to trail only Pillager’s Andy Grell’s 24.30 average in the conference among males. Aaron McDonald hit 45 targets to finish with a 22.50 average while Andrew Bittmann hit a perfect 50 targets ro move up to seventh place with a 22.10 average. Mason Eischens was eighth with a 22.00 average, Matt Lichter tied for 16th with a 21.10 average and Cooper Sharp was 22nd with a 20.80 average. Maggie Kay Carter was 21st among females with a 14.20 average.

Park Rapids led the conference with 3,239.50 points in Week 5 to finish with 14,660 total points. Pillager topped the conference with 16,169 points. St. Charles (12,674), Blackduck (12,158.50), Bagley (11,972.50), Hopkins (11,860.50), Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (10,612), Two Harbors (9,621.50) and Isle (7,705) rounded out the conference standings.

Menahga finished seventh in the Class 1A, Conference 10 standings after scoring 457 points in Week 5 for a total of 3,505.50 points. Kingsland had 1,376.50 points in Week 5 to win the conference title with 6,030 points. International Falls (5,982.50), Howard Lake-Waverly (5,633.50), Milaca (4,485), Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (4,172.50) and Goodridge (3,544) also finished ahead of the Bird Busters. Mountain Lake (2,920.50) and Lac qui Parle Valley (2,058.50) rounded out the nine-team standings.

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Leading Menahga among females were Erica Johnson (sixth with a 20.00 average), Jordyn Novak (11th at 15.50) and Devyana Pedersen (17th at 12.30). No Menahga males finished among the top 25 in the conference.

Big Lake’s Brady Plattner had the top average among all males at 24.90 while Abigail Malecha of Duluth East led all the females with a 24.10 average.

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1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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