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Corey Hill saw the Park Rapids girls track and field team take another step toward reaching the ultimate goal of winning the state Class A title. The Panthers had another outstanding season by winning four titles and claiming four runner-up finishes in 10 meets during the regular season. After winning the Subsection 8-29A title for the seventh year in a row, the Panthers turned in another dominating performance to capture the Section 8A title for the third straight year. The Panthers qualified 10 individuals in nine events for the state meet and ended up tying for 13th place with 21 poin
Entering the season, Patrick Deegan set three goals for the Park Rapids boys track and field team. The first was to repeat as Subsection 8-29A champions. The second was to finish in the top five at the Section 8A meet. The third was to send multiple athletes to the state Class A meet. The Panthers fulfilled all three of those goals. A solid team effort helped the Panthers easily repeat as subsection champs before another solid team effort helped the Panthers finish fourth at the section meet. Highlighting the season was having three individuals qualify for the state meet in four events.
A late rally fell short as the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team saw its season end with a 7-6 playoff loss to Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale Thursday night. BHV claimed a 7-1 lead by scoring once in the first, three times in the second, once in the fourth and twice in the sixth. Park Rapids threatened in the second when Kyle Goplerud and Brad Eischens singled and Paul Prenevost was hit by a pitch.
Walt Harrison had some high expectations for the Park Rapids girls golf team this season. The Panthers lived up to all of those expectations. The main highlights of the season were shooting a 354 to break the school record and win the North Subsection 8AA title to qualify for the Section 8AA meet and having senior Katie Kristofferson qualify for the state Class AA tournament. The Panthers also won the Northern Pines Conference title and carded seven rounds under 400. Having five golfers return from last year's team gave the Panthers consistency.
Midway extended its amateur baseball winning streak to eight games in a row with three victories over Lake and Pine League rivals last weekend. Shane Hendrickson and Brad Lusti combined on a there-hitter as the Snurdbirds blanked Huntersville 10-0 last Friday night at Menahga. Jake Lund went 3 for 4 with a double, a homer, two runs and five RBI while Zach Etter went 2 for 2 with a homer and three RBI. Hendrickson went 2 for 4, Derek Dormanen went 2 for 4 with two runs, and Robert Weaver went 2 for 4. Hendrickson gave up three hits and struck out seven over seven innings for the win.
Detroit Lakes used a 23-6 advantage in hits to sweep a doubleheader from the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team Monday night. An 11-run seventh inning sealed Detroit Lakes' 15-1 win in the first game.
Tadd Usher was confident the Park Rapids boys golf team had the talent to play in the Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship and card a round under 330 this spring. The Panthers accomplished both of those goals. Park Rapids struggled to card four consistent scores for most of the season before carding back-to-back rounds under 330 in the final two meets. In the 14 18-hole meets, the Panthers had their top four golfers compete in 11 of them.
The Wolf Lake amateur baseball team saw its record fall to 7-7 with a pair of home losses last Sunday afternoon. Staples scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings for a 6-4 win in the first Lake and Pine League game last Sunday.
Almost 650 runners battled Wednesday morning's hot and humid conditions to compete in the 34th annual 10K and 5K Firecracker Footrace. Drew Peterson won the men's 10K race with a time of 38:06.95 while Allie Parks won the women's 10K title with a time of 42:53.41. In the 5K race, Matthew Peterson won the men's title in 16:12.84 while Clare Kazmierczak won the women's title in 19:21:02. A total of 64 men and 38 women completed the 10K course, which started and ended at Park Rapids' Heartland Park. Age division winners in the men's 10K race were Isaac Overmyer in 38:48.28 (18-under divis
Charlie Dormanen expected an improved season from the Menahga baseball team this season. The Braves lived up to those expectations by going 5-7 in Park Region Conference play and 9-12 overall to improve on last year's 2-10 conference record and 4-16 overall mark. The Braves got off to a slow start by opening the season with a 2-8 record before closing the regular season with a 7-3 mark. Menahga opened the season with a 6-2 conference loss to New York Mills, losses to Greenway (11-4), Hawley (6-5) and Sebeka (11-3) at the Park Rapids Invitational, and a 6-5 conference loss to Pillager.