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Blue Earth relied on depth to win the state Class A True Team girls track and field title Saturday at Stillwater. Blue Earth won six events and compiled 420 points to top the nine-team field. Park Rapids used three runner-up finishes to place sixth with 295 points in this meet hosted by the Minnesota State High School Track Coaches Association. Leading the Panthers with runner-up showings were Abby Mueller in the 200-meter dash (26.65), Caroline Drury in the pole vault (9 feet) and Jaiden McCollum in the shot put (40 feet, 4 inches).
Losing three close games dropped the Menahga baseball team's record to 8-10. The Braves began last week with a 2-1 Park Region Conference loss to Wadena-Deer Creek last Monday before edging New York Mills 3-2 in a conference game last Tuesday. Menahga then dropped a 6-4 decision to Parkers Prairie Thursday in another conference game before being edged by Pine River-Backus 3-2 on Friday.
Fergus Falls and Bemidji closed out the regular season with a pair of 7-0 victories over the Park Rapids boys tennis team Friday at the Depot Courts. Connor Shaw forced a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles against Fergus Falls while Bemidji won all seven matches in straight sets. The Panthers also dropped 7-0 decisions to Crookston and East Grand Forks in a pair of Section 8A matches last Tuesday at Crookston.
The Park Rapids girls golf team capped off a perfect showing in Northern Pines Conference play by winning the sixth and final meet at Castle Highlands last Tuesday. Park Rapids carded a three-golfer score of 139 as Mariena Dearstyne led the way with a 44. Drew Hilmanowski was second with a 46 and Alyza Edevold and Olivia Wallace tied for third with 49s. United North Central took second with a 155 behind a 51 by Jenna Pinoniemi and 52s by Hailey Usher, Madi Womble and Rena Pinoniemi.
Five Park Rapids athletes earned all-conference honors by winning titles at Tuesday's Mid-State Conference track and field meet at Vern Weekley Field. Isaac Kosel, Brandon Day, Remington Hagan and Tristan Breitweser took first in two sprint relays while Jaiden McCollum took first in the shot put to account for the Panthers' three winning efforts. Detroit Lakes swept the team titles as the boys compiled 169 points and the girls compiled 163 points. Park Rapids finished fourth in the boys meet with 38 points and third in the girls meet with 77 points.
East Grand Forks and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton handed the Park Rapids baseball team a pair of losses via the 10-run rule in a pair of games featuring Section 8AA teams. East Grand Forks used a 15-hit attack to spark a 17-7 win in six innings last Thursday at East Grand Forks while D-G-F remained undefeated on the season as a 15-hit attack led to a 12-2 win in six innings Tuesday at Glyndon.
Another outstanding group of senior athletes will be honored at the 39th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet Wednesday night at the Area High School Gymnasium.
Kate Smith broke the course record and earned medalist honors with a 5-under par 67 to lead Detroit Lakes to the team title at Monday's Mid-State Conference girls golf tournament at Wadena's Whitetail Run Golf Course. Four other golfers joined Smith on the all-conference list with top-seven finishes as the Lakers won their eighth straight conference title by carding a 322. Pequot Lakes was second with a 357 while Park Rapids took third with a 378.
Sydney Bynum's grand-slam home run sparked the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a 6-5 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the regular-season finale Tuesday at Park Rapids.
In order to capture the Mid-State Conference title for the first time in 13 years, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team had to win one game at Pequot Lakes Thursday. Kathryn Miska scattered 10 hits and struck out 11 as Pequot Lakes handed the Panthers their first loss of the season with a 9-5 victory in the first game. That gave both teams 6-1 records in the conference, meaning the winner of the second game would be the conference champs.