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Jaiden McCollum, Julia Johnson, Hannah Morgan, Kendra Scholz and Holly Johnson are looking forward to competing at the state Class A girls track and field meet in new events.
Home runs by David Dirks and Jed Ryan and a three-hit complete game by TJ Erickson sparked the Park Rapids Esox amateur baseball team to a 7-4 Lake and Pine League win at Sebeka on June 3. The Esox jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and extended the lead to 7-0 by scoring once in the third and twice in the fourth. Sebeka scored four times in the bottom of the inning to conclude the scoring.
For five innings, Perham’s Nick Lindberg and Park Rapids’ Gabe Bagstad dueled it out on the mound in an elimination game of the Section 8AA baseball tournament at Park Rapids Tuesday afternoon. A two-out rally in the top of the sixth inning broke open a 1-1 tie and sparked Perham to a 4-1 victory.
Nevis' Kaylee Halik placed 19th overall after the second round of the Section 6A girls golf tournament at Perham's Lakeside Golf Course on May 31. Halik qualified for the finals by tying for 11th place with rounds of 49 and 53 for a 102 during the first round of section play on May 30. Park Christian's Emily Doeden led the way with a 78 while teammate Amy Jacobson was second with a 92.
Nevis' Zach Henry was looking to cap off his senior season by sprinting his way to the state Class A boys track and field meet. Henry fulfilled that goal by winning the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Glyndon. Henry had the fastest times in both races entering the section meet. During the preliminaries, Henry clocked the fastest times in both races with an 11.61 in the 100 dash and a 23.68 in the 200 dash.
Corey Hill was counting on the Park Rapids girls track and field team to qualify for the state Class A meet in at least two events. Hill expected Jaiden McCollum to repeat as the section champion in the shot put and was confident the Panthers would qualify in one of the sprint relays. The Panthers exceeded the expectations of their head coach.
Another home run in the playoffs ended the season for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. Camryn Schwab's three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning powered Thief River Falls to a 6-4 win over the Panthers in a Section 8AA elimination game Thursday at Frazee. The Panthers were thrown into the losers' bracket of this double-elimination tournament on a two-run homer by Maria Pake in a 2-1 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. That win put D-G-F into the championship game.
The Park Rapids baseball team stayed alive in the Section 8AA tournament by splitting games with the top teams in the North half of the section. Park Rapids defeated East Grand Forks 10-4 in Thursday's first game at the Area High School field before being thrown into the losers' bracket with a 10-1 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. The Panthers received the No. 3 seed in the North while D-G-F earned the No. 1 seed and East Grand Forks was the No. 2 seed. D-G-F defeated No. 5 Thief River Falls 11-4 in the other opening game at Park Rapids.
United North Central's Annika Aho placed in three events at Thursday's Section 6A track and field meet at Minnewaska High School. Aho placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run in 5:34.52 to account for the Warriors' 4 points in the girls meet. Aho also placed eighth in the 800 run in 2:29.67 and finished eighth in the pole vault by clearing 8 feet, 6 inches as UNC tied for 18th place as 23 teams scored points.
After being upset by Pine River-Backus to open the double-elimination portion of the Section 5A tournament, the Nevis baseball team stayed alive with wins over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Hill City/Northland. Pine River-Backus, the No. 4 seed in the West, edged the No. 1-seeded Tigers 9-8 in eight innings Wednesday at Wadena. Nevis regrouped to eliminate No. 3 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley with a 9-7 win Wednesday at Deer Creek and oust No. 2 Hill City/Northland with a 9-0 shutout Thursday at Deer Creek.