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The Nevis baseball team ended a five-game losing streak by sweeping a Northland Conference doubleheader from Laporte Thursday at Nevis. The Tigers scored four runs in the eighth inning for a 9-5 win in the first game before a six-run first inning sparked a 13-2 five-inning victory in the second game.
Posting four scores under 100 led the Park Rapids girls golf team to sixth place at Friday’s Bemidji Invitational. The Panthers carded their first round under 400 this season as Mariena Dearstyne’s 93, Alyza Edevold’s 96, Drew Hilmanowski’s 98 and Olivia Wallace’s 99 led to a 386. Alex Stone earned medalist honors with a 75 in leading Pequot Lakes to the team title in this 15-team meet with a 346. Bemidji was second with a 359.
Ottertail Central and Parkers Prairie remained at the top of the Park Region Conference baseball standings with victories over Menahga last week. OTC scored twice in the bottom of the seventh and once in the eighth to defeat the Braves 5-4 last Tuesday while Parkers Prairie took advantage of seven errors to score seven unearned runs in a 7-0 victory over Menahga Friday. The Braves rallied to defeat Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 7-6 in another conference game Thursday.
Crookston backed its No. 7 ranking in the latest state Class A boys tennis poll with a pair of 7-0 wins over Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes Thursday at Detroit Lakes. The Pirates improved to 9-0 on the season with the pair of wins against Section 8A opponents. Ashton Clark lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles for the Panthers in the loss to Crookston.
Bjorn Jorgenson carded a 42 in leading the Park Rapids boys golf team to a first-place showing in the third Northern Pines Conference meet Tuesday at Walker’s Tianna Golf Course. Mariena Dearstyne shared medalist honors with Walker-Hackensack-Akeley’s Justine Day with a 48 in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to first place for the third conference meet in a row.
Depth was the key as the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams swept titles at Tuesday’s Park Rapids Enterprise Invitational. Despite winning only four events, the Park Rapids boys topped the five-team field with 170 points to edge out Frazee’s 158 points. Nevis was third with 86 points and United North Central took fourth with 59 points.
In both games Tuesday, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team faced an unfamiliar situation. At the end of both games, the Panthers found themselves back in familiar territory. For only the second and third time this season, the Panthers trailed a game after the first inning. But as has been the case all season, the offense delivered as the Panthers followed an 11-3 win over Pelican Rapids with an 11-7 victory over Perham to improve to 9-0 on the season.
A relay track team that won two state titles and a baseball team that just missed winning a state title will be the newest additions to the Park Rapids Panthers Athletic Hall of Fame.
After holding off Crookston for a 5-4 win Thursday, the Park Rapids baseball team suffered its first loss of the season with an 8-2 loss at Perham Friday in a pair of games against Section 8AA opponents. In the win over Crookston, Austin Jerger went 2 for 3 and Jason Haas went 2 for 4 to pace the Panthers’ nine-hit attack. Park Rapids took a 1-0 lead in the second when Austin Dunker-Doll singled and scored on Jerger’s RBI single.
One of Marion Goeden’s goals for her Park Rapids fastpitch softball team was to break the school record for runs scored in a season. Through seven games, the Panthers are on pace to shatter that record. After a 22-2 five-inning victory at Crookston Friday, the undefeated Panthers are now 7-0 on the season, outscoring their opponents by a 135-11 margin. The school record for runs scored in a season is 261 set in 2011.