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Marion Goeden and the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team had waited all season to get another shot at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. The result was worth the wait as the Panthers capped off the regular season with a perfect 20-0 record following Tuesday's 4-1 victory at Glyndon. D-G-F prevented the Panthers from advancing to last year's state Class AA tournament with a 4-1 win during the Section 8AA tournament and a 2-1 victory in the Section 8AA championship game.
Park Rapids received the No. 8 seed and will open the Section 8A boys tennis tournament by playing No. 1 Thief River Falls Monday morning at 10 at Fergus Falls. The winner of that match plays the winner between No. 4 East Grand Forks and No. 5 Detroit Lakes at 1 p.m. Monday. The other quarterfinal matches pit No. 2 Crookston against No. 7 Fergus Falls and No. 3 Perham against No. 6 Minnewaska Area. The championship match will be played Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls will also host the individual section tournament beginning Tuesday.
Drew Hilmanowski, Olivia Wallace and Sebela Valverde-Andrade missed all-conference honors by one stroke as the Park Rapids girls golf team missed breaking the school record by five shots at Monday's Mid-State Conference meet at Headwaters Golf Club.
Jake Dykhoff delivered at the plate and on the mound to give Wadena-Deer Creek a 3-1 win over the Park Rapids baseball team Monday at Wadena. Dykhoff lined a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning to give the Wolverines the lead and sealed the victory by striking out the side in the seventh as W-DC improved to 14-3 on the season by winning for the ninth time in a row.
A fast start helped Wolf Lake sweep the season series from the Park Rapids Esox with an 11-8 Lake and Pine League amateur baseball victory Sunday afternoon at Park Rapids. Wolf Lake, which defeated the Esox 7-4 on May 7, used Jake Galbrecht's two-run triple and Dylan Walsh's RBI single to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning and Jake Marcus' bases-clearing double to spark a five-run second inning for an 8-0 lead.
Park Rapids closed out the Northern Pines Conference golf season by sweeping titles at Castle Highlands Tuesday. Bjorn Jorgenson tied for third place with a 40 while 41s by Tate Usher and Jackson Leckner and a 43 by Luke Kosel gave Park Rapids a winning four-golfer score of 165 in the boys meet. Cody Dravis and Jacob Bittmann added 44s. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte was second with a 167.
A 4-1 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at Glyndon Tuesday capped off a perfect regular season for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. The victory in this battle of state-ranked teams lifted the Panthers' record to 20-0. Park Rapids entered this game rated No. 4 while D-G-F was rated No. 9 in the latest state Class AA poll. Kaisa Coborn singled and scored on an error in the second inning before a walk to Mercedez Bellanger, an RBI double by Macky Warne and an RBI single by Brooke Jerger gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead in the third.
Al Pietila threw a two-hitter and went 7 for 8 at the plate with six RBI in leading the Menahga baseball team to a Park Region Conference doubleheader sweep over Ottertail Central Friday at Henning. In the first game, Pietila went 4 for 4 with four RBI to spark Menahga to an 10-7 victory.
East Grand Forks took advantage of errors, walks and hit batters to spark a 10-5 victory over the Park Rapids baseball team in a battle of Section 8AA rivals Thursday at the Area High School field. Park Rapids took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jason Haas reached on a three-base error on a fly ball to right field and scored on another error. After using two errors to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth, the Green Wave used two walks and three singles to claim a 6-2 lead in the fifth.
Brooke Jerger, Rilee Michaelson and Mercedez Bellanger combined to allow only five hits and one run as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team remained undefeated on the season with 10-run victories over Wadena-Deer Creek and Perham. Michaelson and Jerger combined on a one-hitter in an 11-0 five-inning victory at Wadena Thursday while all three pitchers combined on a four-hitter in a 12-1 five-inning victory over Perham Friday at Park Rapids.