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An eight-run sixth inning powered Midway to a 15-3 victory over the Park Rapids Esox in a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game Sunday afternoon at Matt Leritz Stadium. Midway took a 6-0 lead through five innings before the Esox made it 6-3 with three unearned runs in the sixth. The Snurdbirds countered in the bottom of that inning to end this game after seven innings via the 10-run rule.
Dan Pike has always wanted to run a marathon. Saturday's Grandma's Marathon at Duluth provided the perfect opportunity as the 24-year-old from Park Rapids completed his first marathon in 3 hours, 50 minutes, 30 seconds. "I've always wanted to do one and I always wanted to run the Duluth marathon," said Pike. "I heard it was fun and I knew my cousin was going to be there, so I decided to train for it." Pike's cousin Aaron Pike took first in the 30-racer wheelchair division with a time of 1:29:02. Dan Pike was happy just finishing while fulfilling his main goal.
Brooke Jerger and Rilee Michaelson combined to give up only two hits and two runs as the Park Rapids 18U fastpitch softball team opened Prairies Lakes League play with a doubleheader sweep at Pelican Rapids on June 6. Jerger threw a one-hitter and struck out 11 as Park Rapids won the opener 15-1 in six innings while Michaelson followed with a one-hitter with seven strikeouts as Park Rapids completed the sweep with a 7-1 victory in the second game.
Kyle Bahe and Bryant Black used a birdie on the first sudden-death playoff hole to capture the title at Sunday's 2-Man Best Ball/Scramble Tournament at Headwaters Golf Club. Kevin Krigbaum and Tom Jenkins used a 59 during Sunday's 18 holes of scramble play to wipe out a three-shot deficit and tie Bahe and Black at 124 after regulation play in the two-day event. A birdie on No. 1 in the first hole of a playoff gave Bahe and Black the title in this 31-team tournament.
Wadena-Deer Creek shut down the offense of the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team with a pair of shutouts Monday night at Park Rapids. Park Rapids managed only four hits in the doubleheader, dropping the first game 13-0 in six innings and the second game 1-0 in five innings in the season openers. Gabe Bagstad's single with two outs in the second and Ty Karger's lead-off single in the sixth provided the only hits for Park Rapids. Sam Eystad reached on an error in the fourth and Austin Jerger walked in the sixth to account for Park Rapids' other baserunners.
Sally Yliniemi and Cole Girtz led the way as the Park Rapids Clay Dusters captured the Class 3A title at Wednesday’s 2017 Trap Shooting Championship at Alexandria to qualify for the Minnesota Clay Target State Tournament.
Nevis' Logan Tinnes and Park Rapids' Jaiden McCollum fulfilled their goals by earning medals during Saturday's finals of the state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.
One bad inning eliminated the Park Rapids baseball team from the Section 8AA tournament. A five-run fifth inning sparked Frazee to a 5-4 win over the Panthers in an elimination game June 6 at Perham. Park Rapids jumped out to a 3-0 lead by scoring a run in the second inning and two runs in the third. Will Pickar, Nathan David and Cameron Hoyt singled with two outs in the second to account for the game's first run while a lead-off walk and stolen base by Tristin Persons, an RBI single by Sam Eystad and an error made it 3-0 in the third.
Park Rapids' Megan Olson competed in five outdoor meets as a member of the University of North Dakota women's track team. Olson capped off her freshman season by winning the 800-meter title with a time of 2:29.35 at the North Dakota State University Tune Up at Fargo on May 5.
Nick Jasmer and Jess Kaseman won the men's and women's titles at Saturday's 2nd annual Lakes to Pines 5K Fun Run. Jasmer crossed the finish line at the Park Rapids Area High School track with a winning time of 21:32.38 to top the 40-runner field. Kaseman had the fastest time for the women with a 26:37.43. Rounding out the top-five runners for the men were Dan Pike (21:43.34), Brian Hobson (22:23.05), Mike Kaufenberg (24:15.42) and Ed Waggoner (24:25.87).