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Four errors led to six unearned runs as the Nevis baseball team fell to 0-2 against Section 5A opponents with a 6-2 loss to Hill City Monday at Hill City. Hill City scored two unearned runs in the first inning, one unearned run in the third and three unearned runs in the fifth to improve to 3-0 in section play and 5-0 overall. Nevis scored once in the first and once in the third in falling to 4-2 overall.
Park Rapids relied on a home-course advantage Tuesday to sweep titles at the second Northern Pines Conference golf meet. Tate Usher's runner-up 41 on the par-36 back side at Headwaters Golf Club led the Panthers to a 173 four-golfer team score to edge United North Central's 175 in the boys meet while Drew Hilmanowski's runner-up 41 on the par-36 front side led the Panthers to a three-golfer round of 132 to easily top Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte's 143 in the girls meet.
Brooke Jerger threw a four-hitter and struck out 15 batters while being supported by a 14-hit offensive attack as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team defeated Frazee 12-4 on April 13 at Frazee. The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a single by Natalie Kinkel, an error, a single by Macky Warne and a two-run triple by Jerger.
It could be tough for the Park Rapids girls golf team to duplicate the success of a year ago. Last spring, the Panthers carded rounds under 400 seven times, repeated as the Northern Pines Conference champs and advanced to the Section 8AA tournament. Leading the way to that successful season were the senior trio of Mariena Dearstyne, Alyza Edevold and Dana McDonald.
Bemidji won all seven matches in straight sets in a 7-0 victory over the Park Rapids boys tennis team Thursday afternoon at Bemidji. Connor Shaw, Nick Porozinski, Zach Nelson and Peter Van Batavia played singles for the Panthers while Jacob Guis and Ashton Clark, Nolan Booge and Evan Booge, and Kenny David and Casimir Simonson comprised the doubles teams. It was Park Rapids' first dual meet of the season while Bemidji improved to 2-1 in dual meets. Bemidji 7, Park Rapids 0 No. 1 singles: Spencer Konecne, B, over Connor Shaw 6-1, 6-0.
It was a historic season for the Nevis boys basketball team. The Tigers put together a 23-game winning streak, captured the Northland Conference title with a 14-0 record, won the Section 5A championship to advance to the state Class A tournament for the second time in school history and ended the season with a 28-3 record to break the school record for wins in a season. Despite losing both games at state, head coach Scott Kramer was ecstatic about how his team handled the pressure all season.
Jeff Anderson is expecting the Park Rapids boys golf team to continue improving. The Panthers ended last season by carding their best round of the season with a 338 at the Pre-Section 8AA tournament and followed with a 350 for fourth place at the North Section 8AA tournament. Those scores didn't meet Anderson's main goals of breaking 320 as a team and advancing to the Section 8AA tournament, but did provide a solid base for this spring.
Cody Pulju thought the Menahga girls basketball team exceeded expectations in his first year as head coach. The Braves won the Park Region Conference title for the first time in 11 seasons with a 12-2 record and ended the season with a 23-6 overall record to tie the school record for most victories in a season.
Tuesday's Mid-State Conference season openers for the Park Rapids baseball and fastpitch softball teams and the home opener for the Park Rapids track and field teams have been rained out. Park Rapids was scheduled to host Staples-Motley in a baseball doubleheader while the Panthers were scheduled to play a softball doubleheader at Staples today. Those games will be rescheduled for a later date.
Jack DeWulf and Adam Thompson both went 4 for 5 to ignite a 20-hit attack that led the Nevis baseball team to a 15-0 Northland Conference win over Northome-Kelliher Tuesday. Nevis scored three runs the first inning and three runs in the third inning before a six-run seventh inning concluded the scoring.