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Eight different players picked up victories as the Park Rapids girls tennis team opened the season by hosting the third annual North/South Challenge Friday at the Depot Courts. The Panthers opened with a 6-1 loss to Pine City before using a sweep in singles to edge Aitkin 4-3. Park Rapids ended the day with a 5-2 loss to Minnewaska Area.
Drew Rasmussen and Zach Etter led the offense while Stetson Burkman and Bobby Lusti led the pitching staff for the Midway Snurdbirds amateur baseball team this season. Rasmussen played in 22 games and batted .413 (38 for 92) with 22 runs, nine RBI and six stolen bases while Etter led the team with six home runs, 30 runs and 10 stolen bases while batting .409 (36 for 88) with 20 RBI in 24 games.
Making six pars on the first nine holes in back-to-back days helped Sue Fisher win the Women's Club Championship at Headwaters Golf Club for the fourth year in a row. Fisher followed last Saturday's round of 81 with an 85 during Sunday's final round for a 36-hole total of 166. Maggie Winchell finished 13 shots back at 179 while Barb Fischer took third at 180.
Detroit Lakes took advantage of two errors to score five unearned runs to eliminate Midway from the Region 14C amateur baseball playoffs with an 8-5 win Friday night at Perham. Adam Geiger's three-run home run gave Detroit Lakes a 3-0 lead in the third inning before the Snurdbirds tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth. Cory Odland reached on an error and scored on Frank Moren's RBI double. Zach Etter followed with a two-run homer.
Brooks Grossinger from Mayer and Mata Agre from Corcoran captured the men's and women's titles at Saturday's 14th annual Northwoods Triathlon at Nevis. Grossinger won the men's title for the 12th time with a winning time of 58 minutes, 44 seconds. The 39-year-old finished the ¼-mile swim in Lake Belle Taine in 6:51, completed the 14-mile bike ride in 32:03 and ran the 5K course in 17:44 with 2:06 in transition time. Brainerd's Casey Miller was second in 59:41 while Nisswa's Travis Miller took third in 1:02:28.
Taylor Schroeder needed a strong finish Sunday to win his first Men's Club Championship at Headwaters Golf Club. Schroeder trailed defending champion Trent Wilcox by one stroke with five holes to play. Three pars and two birdies down the stretch gave Schroeder the title with a 45-hole score of 181. Doug Taylor finished second at 185 while Wilcox and Jim Emerson tied for third place with 186s.
Despite having a starting lineup filled with underclassmen, the Nevis baseball team put together a successful season. A starting lineup of one junior, seven sophomores and two eighth graders led the Tigers to third place in the Northland Conference with an 8-6 record. Nevis finished with a 10-12 overall mark.
An impressive run through the Section 5A playoffs capped off an 11-13 season for the Menahga baseball team.
Mercedez Bellanger of Osage helped the Cooper/Armstrong Heat 16U fastpitch softball team qualify for the North American Fastpitch Association Gold Nationals July 28-31 at Shoreview. Bellanger, a left-handed pitcher, earned a spot on the Heat roster and helped Cooper/Armstrong go 30-10 during league and tournament play this summer. Bellanger pitched at the state tournament in helping the Heat qualify for the national tournament.
Bobby Lusti threw a complete-game five-hitter as Midway stayed alive in the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament with a 4-2 win over Bluffton Sunday afternoon at Perham. New York Mills sent the Snurdbirds into the losers' bracket with a 7-3 win Saturday night at Perham. New York Mills scored six runs in the fourth inning to spark that win. The Millers then defeated Bertha 8-5 Sunday to advance to the championship game. Zach Etter's three-run home run in the third inning gave Midway a 3-0 lead. Frank Moren singled and Pete Marjamaa reached on an error to open that inning.