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Golf: Park Rapids sweeps titles at Wadena

The Panthers topped the field in the first Northern Pines Conference meets.

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WADENA – Anna Eckmann earned medalist honors twice in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to a pair of Northern Pines Conference victories at Whitetail Run Golf Course on Tuesday, May 3.

Eckmann carded rounds of 39 and 38 on the par-72 course while Mady Maninga followed with rounds of 41 and 46 to lead the Panthers in the first conference meet of the season. Lexi Usher’s 50 gave the Panthers a 130 three-golfer score on the front side while Emily Schulz’s 51 resulted in a 135 team score on the back side.

United North Central finished third on the front side as Alana Day’s 55, Sofia Pulju’s 56 and Faythe Honga’s 71 led to a 182 team score. On the back side, Day’s 50, Pulju’s 62 and Honga’s 74 led to a 186 for third place.

Nevis finished fourth on the front side with a 183 behind Sofia Anderson’s 55, Sarah Boettcher’s 56 and Caley Muller’s 72. The Tigers took second on the back side as Anderson’s 49, Boettcher’s 62 and Muller’s 74 led to a 185.

Girls team scores (front 9): Park Rapids 130, Cass Lake-Bena 163, United North Central 182, Nevis 183, Blackduck 196. Incomplete teams: Red Lake, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Medalist: Anna Eckmann, PR, 39. 2, Mady Maninga, PR, 41. 3, Nakomis Mitchell, CLB, 47. Other Park Rapids scores: Lexi Usher 50, Emily Schulz 55, Emma Vrieze 58, Natalie Backmann 63. UNC scores: Alana Day 55, Sofia Pulju 56, Faythe Honga 71, Andrea Honga 74. Nevis scores: Sofia Anderson 55, Sarah Boettcher 56, Caley Mueller 72, Megan Lindow 74.

Girls team scores (back 9): Park Rapids 135, Nevis 185, United North Central 186, Cass Lake-Bena 192, Blackduck 200. Incomplete teams: Red Lake, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Medalist: Anna Eckmann, PR, 38. 2 (tie), Mady Maninga, PR, and Kianna Johnson, WHA, 46. Other Park Rapids scores: Emily Schulz 51, Lexi Usher 52, Natalie Backmann 60, Emma Vrieze 72. Nevis scores: Sofia Anderson 49, Sarah Boettcher 62, Caley Muller 74, Megan Lindow 78. UNC scores: Alana Day 50, Sofia Pulju 62, Faythe Honga 74, Andrea Honga 79.

PR boys top field

WADENA – Park Rapids tied for first on the front side and finished first on the back side in the first Northern Pines Conference meets of the season at Whitetail Run Golf Course on Tuesday, May 3.


Hunter Harrison’s 41, Nolan Eckmann’s 44, Quincy Squires’ 45 and Conner Hanson’s 46 gave Park Rapids a four-golfer score of 176 on the front side. Eckmann earned medalist honors on the back side with a 42 while Squires’ 43, and a pair of 46s by Harrison and Noah Phillippi resulted in a 177 team score.

Joey Hillukka carded a 38 while Carter Hillukka’s 45, Ryan Tolkkinen’s 46 and Nick Wurdock’s 47 also gave United North Central a 176 on the front side. On the back side, the Warriors carded a 182 for second place behind Carter Hillukka’s 43, Joey Hillukka’s 44, Wurdock’s 46 and Tolkkinen’s 49.

Nevis also tied for first on the front side as Lealan Norby’s 41, Ethan Lewis’ 42, Eddie Kramer’s 46 and Ty Warringtons’ 47 produced a 176. Norby’s 43, Lewis’ 47, Kramer’s 51 and 52s by Warrington and Eli Lewis gave the Tigers fourth place on the back side with a 193.

Boys team scores (front 9): Park Rapids 176, United North Central 176, Nevis 176, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 181, Cass Lake-Bena 193, Blackduck 197, Bigfork 211, Deer River 213, Red Lake incomplete.

Medalist: Parker Brock, WHA, 37. 2 (tie), Joey Hillukka, UNC, and LeRoy Fairbanks, CLB, 38. Park Rapids scores: Hunter Harrison 41, Nolan Eckmann 44, Quincy Squires 45, Conner Hanson 46, Noah Phillippi 51, Jeremiah Olson 51. Other UNC scores: Carter Hillukka 45, Ryan Tolkkinen 46, Nick Wurdock 47, Wesley Hodge 50, Josh Hillukka 51. Nevis scores: Lealan Norby 41, Ethan Lewis 42, Eddie Kramer 46, Ty Warrington 47, Spencer Lindow 49, Eli Lewis 52.

Boys team scores (back 9): Park Rapids 177, United North Central 182, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 181, Nevis 193, Cass Lake-Bena 197, Blackduck 206, Deer River 219, Bigfork 232, Red Lake incomplete.

Medalist: Nolan Eckmann, PR, 42. 2 (tie), Quincy Squires, PR; Carter Hillukka, UNC; Lealan Norby, Nevis; and Parker Brock, WHA, 43. Other Park Rapids scores: Hunter Harrison 46, Noah Phillippi 46, Conner Hanson 50, Jeremiah Olson 57. Other UNC scores: Joey Hillukka 44, Nick Wurdock 46, Ryan Tolkkinen 49, Josh Hillukka 51, Wesley Hodge 59. Other Nevis scores: Ethan Lewis 47, Eddie Kramer 51, Ty Warrington 52, Eli Lewis 52, Spencer Lindow 53.

The Park Rapids golfer wins the girls age 10-11 division during a Regional Qualifying event at Colorado's Castle Pines Golf Club.

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