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Park Rapids head coach Andrew Lachowitzer liked the chances of the boys 4 x 800-meter relay team to qualify for the state Class A meet. That relay team consisting of junior Matt Benson, sophomore Seth Breitweser and seniors Jack Christenson and Adam Jacobi entered Saturday's Section 8A meet at Bagley as the top seed with a time of 8:33.31. The Panthers had won this race in six meets during the season.
After giving up 11 runs in one inning in a loss, the Park Rapids baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a win and a split at Thursday's Section 8AA tournament at Crookston. East Grand Forks sent 15 batters to the plate during an 11-run third inning to send the Panthers into the losers' bracket with a 12-2 win in five innings in the first round of the double-elimination portion of the section tournament. Park Rapids stayed alive by scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to eliminate Roseau with a 4-3 win.
United North Central's Annika Aho and Jake Clements just missed qualifying for the state Class A track and field meet with third-place finishes at Thursday's Section 6A meet at Fergus Falls. Aho clocked a 5:24.68 in the 800-meter run to finish behind the 5:13.89 by Perham's Brynnan Covington and the 5:21.45 by Morris Area's Maddie Carrington. Aho also placed sixth in the 800 in 2:27.13 to account for 7 of the Warriors' 8 team points. Anna Olson scored the other point by clearing 8 feet, 4 inches to place sixth in the pole vault.
Logan Tinnes and the 4 x 100-meter relay team will represent Nevis at the state Class A boys track and field meet. Tinnes qualified for state by placing second in the 110-meter hurdles with a qualifying time of 15.37 and joined Kyle Schmidt, Jack DeWulf and Zach Henry on the 400 relay that finished second in 46.08 at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Bagley.
The 2017 Minnesota Gopher Road Trip, the latest in the annual tradition that brings Gopher coaches and administrators around Gold Country to meet with fans, will be bigger than many of its predecessors.
Lydia Kantonen, Jaiden McCollum, Kamree Carlson and two relay teams will represent Park Rapids while Logan Tinnes and a relay team will represent Nevis at the state Class A track and field meet. Kantonen won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:12.35 while McCollum took first in the shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 10 inches to lead the Park Rapids girls at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Bagley.
Park Rapids had to battle to avoid being eliminated early from the Section 8AA baseball playoffs. The Panthers managed only two hits, but capitalized on two errors and a timely double by Sam Eystad to defeat Bagley 3-2 in a first-round game Tuesday at the Area High School field. Bagley, the No. 7 seed in the North, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Ty Rolfson led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Josh Dukek's single.
It's two down, three to go for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. After being thrown into the losers' bracket with an 11-3 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, the Panthers stayed alive in the double-elimination portion of the Section 8AA tournament by eliminating Warroad 6-2 and Barnesville 1-0 Tuesday at Thief River Falls. Park Rapids played D-G-F Thursday with the winner of that game having to defeat East Grand Forks twice for the Section 8AA title and a trip to the state Class AA tournament.
Dave Mortensen and Jed Ryan combined on a one-hitter in leading the Park Rapids Esox to a 10-0 win in eight innings over Verndale in a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game Sunday afternoon at Park Rapids. Park Rapids jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning behind a one-out single by Dylan Weaver, a double by Dylan Stenberg, a two-run double by David Dirks, a single by Mortensen and an RBI single by Derek Parks.
Sabela Valverde-Andrade's runner-up 82 led the Park Rapids girls golf team to a runner-up 359 at Tuesday's Section 8AA North tournament at the Thief River Falls Golf Club. That tied the best team score of the season and gave the Panthers a spot in the Section 8AA tournament. Drew Hilmanowski finished ninth with a 90, Chloe Johnson was 10th with a 92 and Madison Johnson placed 13th with a 95 in the windy conditions to round out Park Rapids' team score. Olivia Wallace added a 103 and Olivia McDonald carded a 108.