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Looking back at the season, head coach Cory Hill was amazed by the success of the Park Rapids girls track and field team. The Panthers peaked at the end of the season by winning the Section 8A True Team title and placing sixth at the state Class A True Team meet, winning the Subsection 8-29A title for the 11th year in a row and winning the Section 8A title for the seventh consecutive season.
Mercedez Bellanger of Osage helped the Cooper/Armstrong Heat 16U fastpitch softball team qualify for the North American Fastpitch Association Gold Nationals July 28-31 at Shoreview. Bellanger, a left-handed pitcher, earned a spot on the Heat roster and helped Cooper/Armstrong go 30-10 during league and tournament play this summer. Bellanger pitched at the state tournament in helping the Heat qualify for the national tournament.
Bobby Lusti threw a complete-game five-hitter as Midway stayed alive in the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament with a 4-2 win over Bluffton Sunday afternoon at Perham. New York Mills sent the Snurdbirds into the losers' bracket with a 7-3 win Saturday night at Perham. New York Mills scored six runs in the fourth inning to spark that win. The Millers then defeated Bertha 8-5 Sunday to advance to the championship game. Zach Etter's three-run home run in the third inning gave Midway a 3-0 lead. Frank Moren singled and Pete Marjamaa reached on an error to open that inning.
Lenny Deshayes defended his title at the third annual Park Rapids Fire Department 5 Alarm 5K race last Saturday. Deshayes covered the course that started and ended by the fire hall in 19:34. Zachary Deshayes was second in 20:18 while Brian Hobson took third in 21:06. A total of 97 runners and walkers completed the 5K course. Following are the top-25 finishers from last Saturday's race:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.