Clay Target: Park Rapids remains in second place in conference standings

McKenzie Girtz and Alex Eischens top Clay Dusters in Week 4.


Led by McKenzie Girtz and Alex Eischens, the Park Rapids Clay Dusters remained in second place in the Class 3A, Conference 4 standings after Week 4 of competition in the Minnesota State High School Spring Clay Target League.

Girtz hit 47 of 50 targets to maintain the top spot in the conference among female competitors with a 23.75 average while Eischens hit 48 of 50 targets to rank third in the conference among male competitors with a 23.00 average. Aaron McDonald hit 46 targets and has a 22.50 average for fifth place in the conference while Mason Eischens (who hit 47 targets) is tied for 10th with a 21.63 average. Andrew Bittmann is tied for 14th with a 21.38 average.

Other averages for the Clay Dusters in the male standings are Matt Lichter and Hunter Bozovsky (tied for 21st with 21.00 averages), Cooper Sharp and Wyatt Koskela (tied for 47th with 20.13 averages), Isaac Zinniel (53rd at 20.00), Avery Kapaun (57th at 18.75), Brent Ohm (tied for 81st at 18.63), Ridglley Clark (tied for 91st at 18.13), Frank Sutherton (tied for 95th at 18.00) and Jacob Lof (100th at 17.63). For the Clay Dusters females, Maggie Kay Carter has a 13.88 average.

The Clay Dusters scored 3,138.50 points in Week 4 for a total of 11,4209.50 points. Pillager tops the conference standings with 13,249.50 points and Bagley is third with 10,269 points with one week to go in the nine-team league.

Ashlyn Hammel of Spring Grove and Abigail Malecha of Duluth East hold the top average among all female competitors with 24.13 averages. Girtz is tied for sixth place overall. Pillager’s Andy Grell tops the conference with a 24.38 average while Brady Plattner of Big Lake and Gabe Abner of Benson share the top spot overall among males at 24.88.


Menahga remained in sixth place in the Class 1A, Conference 10 standings after Week 4.

Leading the Bird Busters among females are Erica Johnson (sixth with a 19.75 average), Jordyn Novak (tied for 10th at 15.88) and Devyana Pedersen (17th at 12.63). Leading the Menahga males are Dalton Gartner (tied for 31st at 20.75), Fordyce Johnson (37th at 20.38), and Seth Spadgenske (39th at 20.00) and Tanner Trombley (tied for 39th at 20.00).

International Falls tops that conference with 4,679.50 points with Kingsland following with 4,663.50 points. Menahga scored 987 points in Week 4 for a total of 3,048.50 points.

Tyrel Shoberg of International Falls tops the conference among males with a 23.88 average while Paige Burns of Goodridge tops the conference among females with a 23.50 average.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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