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AREA BOYS GOLF: Israelson, Staples tame Bear’s Den

NEVIS — Staples-Motley’s Zach Israelson took medalist honors with a 72 at Thursday’s Mid-Minnesota Conference meet at Bear’s Den, which the Cardinals won by 18 strokes.

Mitch Hagenson and Tanner Roberts both finished with 78s for the Cardinals.

Alex Goerges shot a 77 and Levi Espeseth finished with a 79 to lead Pequot Lakes to second. Tyler Fix and Michael Wing each shot 81s for the third-place Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines and James Cragun fired an 81 to lead Crosby-Ironton to eighth.

Team scores: 1-Staples-Motley 392, 2-Pequot Lakes 410, 3-Wadena-Deer Creek 430, 4-UNC 437, 5-Park Rapids 442, 6-Pine River-Backus 445, 7-Nevis 447, 8-Crosby-Ironton 462

Medalist: Zach Israelson (S) 72

Crosby-Ironton results: James Cragun 81, Johnny Melanich 87, Andrew Sorben 88, Gage Hartman 103, Jared Foote 103, Trent Blom 109

Pequot Lakes results: Alex Goerges 77, Levi Espeseth 79, Kevin Beltz 83, Cole Bliss 91, Andrew Johnsen 83, Bradley Boldt 88

Staples-Motley results: Zach Israelson 72, Mitch Hagenson 78, Tanner Roberts 78, Andrew Nelson 81, Dakota Waverek 83, Trent Hagenson 84, 

Wadena-Deer Creek results: Tyler Fix 81, Michael Wing 81, Bryan Silvers 85, Nick LeTourneau 90, Jacob Goeden 93, Tyler Heinzen 106

Pine River-Backus: Adam Barstow 88, Brandon Mager 91, Cody Mager 90, Saul Sasse 86, Austin Stockman 90, Jace Loge 95  

Next: Crosby-Ironton in Virginia Invite at Tower 11 a.m. Monday; Pequot Lakes, Staples-Motley, Wadena-Deer Creek at Bemidji Invite 9 a.m. Monday.