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Al Pietila and Graham Skoog pitched the Menahga baseball team to three victories last week. Pietila earned the win in the Braves' 14-2 six-inning victory over Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale May 2 at Bertha, Skoog was the winning pitcher in Menahga's 4-3 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at Walker Thursday and Pietila went the distance in a 6-3 win at Pillager Friday.
Two close wins in two contrasting games at Detroit Lakes Friday kept the Park Rapids baseball team's chances to at least share the Mid-State Conference title alive. Austin Jerger's two-run single in the seventh inning gave the Panthers a 5-3 win in the first game while Jerger's pair of three-run home runs helped Park Rapids complete the sweep with a 20-18 slugfest victory in the second game.
Jaiden McCollum's winning toss in the shot put and a runner-up finish by Seth Breitweser, Jack Christenson, Adam Jacobi and Bryce James in the 4 x 800-meter relay led the Park Rapids track and field teams at Thursday's Craig Fredrickson Memorial Invitational at Detroit Lakes. McCollum threw the shot put 38 feet, 8 inches to lead the way for the Park Rapids girls, who finished seventh with 32 points while the 4 x 800 relay team clocked an 8:42.82 as the Park Rapids boys placed sixth with 29 points in this seven-team meet.
Two winning performances and five runner-up showings sparked the Park Rapids girls track and field team to runner-up honors at Tuesday's Crookston Invitational. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton claimed both titles, edging the Panthers in the girls meet and running away from the field in the boys meet. Jada Renneberg won the 3,200-meter run in 12:30.71 and Jaiden McCollum took first in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 11.50 inches as the Panthers compiled 100.50 points to finish behind D-G-F's winning total of 102.50 in this 14-team meet.
Drew Hilmanowski, Chloe Johnson and Sabela Valverde-Andrade led the field as the Park Rapids girls golf team coasted to the team title at Tuesday's Northern Pines Conference meet at Bears Den. Hilmanowski carded a 41 on the par-36 course to earn medalist honors while Johnson's 43 and Valverde-Andrade's 44 gave the Panthers a three-golfer score of 128. Olivia McDonald and Madison Johnson carded 50s and Olivia Wallace carded a 52 to round out Park Rapids' team.
Brooke Jerger's no-hitter helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team remain undefeated on the season. Jerger allowed only four baserunners while striking out 11 as the Panthers defeated Barnesville 6-0 in nine innings in a battle of Section 8AA teams Monday. Park Rapids followed with a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep over Crosby-Ironton Tuesday by scores of 20-2 in four innings and 12-0 in five innings. Park Rapids also defeated Menahga 12-1 in six innings on April 28.
Midway used a combination of 18 hits, 14 walks, five hit batters and five Huntersville errors to roll to a 17-4 win in the Lake and Pine League amateur baseball season opener Sunday afternoon at Menahga. The Snurdbirds trailed 4-2 before scoring five times in the fourth inning, twice in the fifth, once in the sixth, twice in the eighth and five times in the ninth.
Nolan Booge's win at No. 2 singles led the Park Rapids boys tennis team in a 6-1 loss at Thief River Falls Tuesday. Booge prevailed in a second-set tiebreaker for a straight-set win. Peter Van Batavia lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles while Thief River Falls won the other matches in straight sets. Thief River Falls 6, Park Rapids 1 No. 1 singles: Camden Broadwell, TRF, over Zach Nelson 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 singles: Nolan Booge, PR, over Alex Grant 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). No. 3 singles: Dylan Hahn, TRF, over Ashton Clark 6-2, 6-1.
Zach Hocking and Tristin Persons both had four-hit games as the Park Rapids baseball team split a Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Crosby-Ironton Tuesday at the Area High School field. Hocking's 4-for-4 effort at the plate in the opener was overshadowed when C-I scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for an 11-8 win. Persons went 4 for 4 and scored four runs to spark the Panthers to a split with a 7-4 victory in the second game.
Jack DeWulf and Adam Thompson both went 3 for 4 at the plate in leading the Nevis baseball team to a 17-1 five-inning win over Red Lake Tuesday at Nevis. The Tigers broke the game open by scoring four times in the second inning, four times in the third and eight times in the fourth to end this Northland Conference game early via the 10-run rule.