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Blue Earth relied on depth to win the state Class A True Team girls track and field title Saturday at Stillwater. Blue Earth won six events and compiled 420 points to top the nine-team field. Park Rapids used three runner-up finishes to place sixth with 295 points in this meet hosted by the Minnesota State High School Track Coaches Association. Leading the Panthers with runner-up showings were Abby Mueller in the 200-meter dash (26.65), Caroline Drury in the pole vault (9 feet) and Jaiden McCollum in the shot put (40 feet, 4 inches).
Losing three close games dropped the Menahga baseball team's record to 8-10. The Braves began last week with a 2-1 Park Region Conference loss to Wadena-Deer Creek last Monday before edging New York Mills 3-2 in a conference game last Tuesday. Menahga then dropped a 6-4 decision to Parkers Prairie Thursday in another conference game before being edged by Pine River-Backus 3-2 on Friday.
Fergus Falls and Bemidji closed out the regular season with a pair of 7-0 victories over the Park Rapids boys tennis team Friday at the Depot Courts. Connor Shaw forced a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles against Fergus Falls while Bemidji won all seven matches in straight sets. The Panthers also dropped 7-0 decisions to Crookston and East Grand Forks in a pair of Section 8A matches last Tuesday at Crookston.
The Park Rapids girls golf team capped off a perfect showing in Northern Pines Conference play by winning the sixth and final meet at Castle Highlands last Tuesday. Park Rapids carded a three-golfer score of 139 as Mariena Dearstyne led the way with a 44. Drew Hilmanowski was second with a 46 and Alyza Edevold and Olivia Wallace tied for third with 49s. United North Central took second with a 155 behind a 51 by Jenna Pinoniemi and 52s by Hailey Usher, Madi Womble and Rena Pinoniemi.
Five Park Rapids athletes earned all-conference honors by winning titles at Tuesday's Mid-State Conference track and field meet at Vern Weekley Field. Isaac Kosel, Brandon Day, Remington Hagan and Tristan Breitweser took first in two sprint relays while Jaiden McCollum took first in the shot put to account for the Panthers' three winning efforts. Detroit Lakes swept the team titles as the boys compiled 169 points and the girls compiled 163 points. Park Rapids finished fourth in the boys meet with 38 points and third in the girls meet with 77 points.
East Grand Forks and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton handed the Park Rapids baseball team a pair of losses via the 10-run rule in a pair of games featuring Section 8AA teams. East Grand Forks used a 15-hit attack to spark a 17-7 win in six innings last Thursday at East Grand Forks while D-G-F remained undefeated on the season as a 15-hit attack led to a 12-2 win in six innings Tuesday at Glyndon.
Another outstanding group of senior athletes will be honored at the 39th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet Wednesday night at the Area High School Gymnasium.
Kate Smith broke the course record and earned medalist honors with a 5-under par 67 to lead Detroit Lakes to the team title at Monday's Mid-State Conference girls golf tournament at Wadena's Whitetail Run Golf Course. Four other golfers joined Smith on the all-conference list with top-seven finishes as the Lakers won their eighth straight conference title by carding a 322. Pequot Lakes was second with a 357 while Park Rapids took third with a 378.
Sydney Bynum's grand-slam home run sparked the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a 6-5 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the regular-season finale Tuesday at Park Rapids.
Kate Smith carded a 70 to lead the field and spark Detroit Lakes to the team title with a 326 at Saturday's Staples-Motley Invitational girls golf tournament at The Vintage. Park Rapids finished 10th in the 13-team field with a 438 behind Mariena Dearstyne's 105, Dana McDonald's 109, Amber Schroeder's 111 and Olivia Wallace's 113. Team scores: Detroit Lakes 326, Bemidji 356, Eden Prairie 360, Alexandria 363, Rogers 365, Lac qui Parle Valley 371, Monticello 378, Princeton 399, Elk River 404, Park Rapids 438, Crosby-Ironton 475. Incomplete teams: Albany, Staples-Motley.