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Jake Lund pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning as the Midway Snurdbirds opened the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament with a 2-1 win over Perham last Saturday afternoon at Perham. With two outs in the ninth, the Pirates loaded the bases with a walk, an error and a hit batter before Lund recorded his fourth strikeout in relief as Midway advanced in the winner's bracket. Josh Still's RBI single gave Perham a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Jack Stigman retired 12 of the first 13 Midway batters he faced.
Clayton Hoyt thought the Park Rapids Storm Babe Ruth baseball team had the talent to make a run at winning the 14-15 Year Old Non-Advancing State Tournament title. Even though the Storm lost both games at last week's state tournament, Hoyt was impressed with how his team competed. Eden Valley-Watkins defeated the Storm 6-2 in the state opener last Thursday at Avon and Wadena eliminated the Storm with a 6-4 win last Friday at Cold Spring.
Trapshooting has become one of the most popular activities in Minnesota. Last spring, more than 30,361 students from 319 high school teams participated in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. "This League continues to be the fastest-growing activity in Minnesota schools," said Jim Sable, Executive Director of the MNSHSCTL. "Such high participation shows the continued demand for alternative high school activities related to Minnesota's longstanding outdoor traditions." Hubbard County 4-H has jumped on the popularity of the sport.
Opening the season with a 52-0 win against Bagley should have given head coach Marion Goeden an idea of what to expect from the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team this spring. That proved to be the first of several team records as the Panthers enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in school history.
A four-run eighth inning broke a 5-5 tie with Nimrod and locked up the Lake and Pine League regular-season amateur baseball title for the Midway Snurdbirds Sunday afternoon at Midway. Home runs by Zach Etter, Robert Weaver and Bobby Lusti sparked Midway's 9-5 victory as the Snurdbirds ended league play with a 13-1 record. Midway enters the Region 14C tournament with a 16-4 overall record and the Lake and Pine's No. 1 seed.
Four Park Rapids wrestlers competed in the USA Wrestling National Championships at the Fargodome. At the Cadet Greco-Roman National Championships July 17-18, Ashton Clark went 4-2 at 106 pounds while Cody Dravis went 0-2 at 160 and Zach Hocking went 0-2 at 195. Clark rebounded from a 12-7 loss to Josh Blatt of North Carolina to defeat Colorado's Nicolas Alvarez 13-0, Minnesota's Regan Schrempp 3-2, Pennsylvania's Aubrey Dawson by pin in 2:27 and Arizona's Diego Guerrero 9-7 before being eliminated with a 12-6 loss to Minnesota's Tyler Jones.
Clayton Hoyt wasn't surprised when the Park Rapids Storm Babe Ruth baseball team qualified for the state 14-15 year old tournament. Two years ago, this group of 15-year-old players qualified for the state 13-year-old tournament. Despite losing twice to Wadena in last Saturday's District 2 tournament at New York Mills, Park Rapids earned another trip to state.
The Park Rapids Esox amateur baseball team closed out the regular season with an 8-3 Lake and Pine League win over Sebeka Sunday afternoon at Park Rapids. A five-run second inning sparked the Esox, who earned the No. 5 seed in the Lake and Pine to qualify for the Region 14C playoffs. Zach Eystad was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a grounder and scored on a balk before Derek Parks walked and scored on Austin Becker's RBI triple as the Esox led 2-1 after the first inning.
It was a year of near misses for the Park Rapids boys track and field team. The Panthers finished third at the Section 8A True Team meet after winning that title in 2015, saw their five-year run as Subsection 8-29A champions end with a runner-up finish, and failed to send anyone to the state Class A meet for the first time since 2010. Even though the Panthers failed to reach their main goals, head coach Andrew Lachowitzer was pleased with how the season went.
Park Rapids and Sebeka were eliminated from the District 6 American Legion baseball tournament at Park Rapids. Park Rapids opened with a 5-1 loss to Sauk Centre and was eliminated with a 4-2 loss to Paynesville during Thursday's opening rounds. Sebeka opened with a 7-0 win over Paynesville as Al Pietila went the distance and went 4 for 4 at the plate before Sebeka was thrown into the losers' bracket with a 9-6 loss to Sauk Centre Thursday.