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It took perfection to keep Park Rapids' Cole Girtz from being the top high school trapshooter in the nation.
Over the last three seasons, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team compiled a 66-9 record with three consecutive seasons of at least 20 victories. The Panthers excelled during the regular season, going 56-3 the last three springs. Park Rapids hasn't fared as well in the Section 8AA playoffs by posting a 10-6 record and falling in the championship round twice.
A late rally Sunday afternoon kept the Park Rapids Esox in a tie for first place in the Lake and Pine League amateur baseball standings. Huntersville led 5-3 after five innings before the Esox scored three times in the sixth, four times in the seventh and three times in the eighth to rally for a 13-6 win at the Park Rapids Area High School field. That win lifted Park Rapids to 9-2 in league play to share first place with Midway, which kept pace by defeating Wolf Lake 15-5 in seven innings Sunday afternoon. Nimrod follows at 9-3.
Despite not qualifying the team for the Section 8AA tournament, head coach Jeff Anderson liked the improvement the Park Rapids boys golf team made this spring. Seniors Luke Kosel and Blake Higgins; juniors Bjorn Jorgenson and Cody Dravis; sophomore Kaelan Emerson; and freshmen Tate Usher and Jaden Powers led the way this season with Kosel, Jorgenson, Dravis and Usher returning as starters. In five 18-hole tournaments, the Panthers had a 354.0 average with Jorgenson and Dravis capping off the season by qualifying for the Section 8AA tournament.
With four games remaining, the Lake and Pine League regular-season title is up for grabs. The Park Rapids Esox used a 6-3 amateur baseball win over Staples Sunday afternoon at Park Rapids to avenge an 8-7 loss at Staples on June 23 and improve to 8-2 in league play.
Even though the numbers were down from previous years, the 40th annual Firecracker 5K Footrace was another successful fundraiser for the Park Rapids track and field teams and cross-country teams.
It was another successful season for the Nevis fastpitch softball team. The Tigers finished third in the Upper Mississippi Conference standings with a 4-4 record and earned the No. 5 seed in the West for the Section 5A playoffs. Nevis ended the season with an 11-7 overall record. The Tigers opened the season with a 6-1 record, beginning with a 21-1 win in four innings over Cass Lake-Bena in the conference opener, a 9-8 win over Blackduck, and a conference doubleheader sweep over Laporte by scores of 8-6 and 7-5.
After seeing a late rally fall short in a 7-6 loss in the first game, the Park Rapids 18U fastpitch softball team salvaged a split against Perham with a 1-0 win in the second game Monday night at the Area High School field. In the opener, Perham jumped out to a 5-0 lead by scoring three runs in the first inning and twice in the second. In the third, Ellie Ulvin singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Tara Johanning's RBI single as Park Rapids cut the gap to 5-1.
Former Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling standout Nate Hendrickson has been selected for induction to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame. Hendrickson is the 26th MSUM representative to receive the NSIC Hall of Fame recognition. The 2018 class will be inducted on Tuesday (July 10) at the Best Western Premier in Burnsville. The social will begin at 6 p.m. with the ceremony taking place at 6:30 p.m.
Dominating the competition helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team win the Mid-State Conference title for the third year in a row. The Panthers outscored their conference opponents by a 114-9 margin with six shutouts in going 9-1 in league play. Park Rapids won the Mid-State title with an 8-0 record in 2017 and went 7-1 in 2016 to top the league standings. Park Rapids headlined the all-conference team by having seven players earn Mid-State honors.