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The Park Rapids girls tennis team opened its dual-meet schedule by winning two of three matches. Park Rapids used a sweep in singles for a 6-1 win at Fergus Falls Tuesday before splitting matches at Sauk Centre Wednesday by following a 4-3 loss to the host Mainstreeters with a 5-2 win over Yellow Medicine East. Panthers defeat Otters The Panthers swept the four singles matches in straight sets and added two straight-set wins in doubles to defeat Fergus Falls. Julia Renner at No. 1 singles, Charity Ridlon at No. 2 singles, Hope Johnson at No. 3 singles and Heidi Schaum at No.
Anna VanWechel broke the women's course record and won the overall title to highlight last Saturday's 19th annual Fish Hook Challenge Half Marathon. VanWechel completed the 13.1-mile course around Fish Hook Lake in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 40 seconds to break Heather Gilbertson's 2004 record of 1:27:28.
Three fourth-place finishes and four consolation titles led the Park Rapids girls tennis team to sixth place at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Thief River Falls took first at three positions and claimed the team title with 27 points. Roseau (23), East Grand Forks (19), Minnewaska Area (18), Park Rapids (14), Wadena-Deer Creek (9) and Fergus Falls (5) rounded out the team standings in this eight-team season-opening tournament. Charity Ridlon (at No. 2 singles), Alison Walsh and Sam Boyd (at No. 4 singles), and Lindsey Girtz and Sarena Kinkel (at No.
Aaron Pike turned a tragedy of Olympic proportions into a trip to London as a member of the United States Paralympic Team. At the age of 13, Pike suffered a spinal cord injury after accidentally being shot in the back during a deer-hunting trip in Virginia. Instead of giving up on his love of competing in sports, Pike used his passion for competition to become one of the top wheelchair racers in America. At the United States Paralympic Championship Trials at Indianapolis on July 1, Pike learned he had earned a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Team.
A tap-in birdie on the third playoff hole Sunday lifted Walt Leckner to the Men's Club Championship at Headwaters Country Club. Leckner and Dana Husby were tied after 45 holes with 185s. After both golfers parred the first two playoff holes, Leckner landed his tee shot on the par-3 No.
Shelly Miller took the early lead Saturday and played steady golf on Sunday to capture the Women's Club Championship at Headwaters Country Club. Miller, who had her string of five straight titles snapped last fall, played steady golf by following an 85 on Saturday with an 84 on Sunday for a 169 and an 11-shot victory. Miller carded rounds of 42 and 43 during Saturday's first 18 holes for an 85. Miller carded pars on No. 3, No. 4 and No.
Midway earned a return trip to the state Class C amateur baseball tournament by winning its first two games at the Region 16C tournament at Perham. The Lake & Pine League North Division champs opened the double-elimination region tournament with a 4-2 win over Fergus Falls Saturday and a 10-5 win over Brandon-Evansville Sunday.
The Park Rapids Blizzard 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team capped off a successful season by placing fourth at the nine-team state tournament at Avon on July 26-29. Park Rapids opened the double-elimination state tournament with a 6-5 win over Albany before falling to Aitkin 7-4. The Blizzard stayed alive with wins over Barnesville (15-5) and Perham (8-2) before being eliminated with a 10-0 loss to Melrose. Fergus Falls defeated Aitkin 5-2 in the state championship game.
After winning the Lake and Pine League amateur baseball regular-season title, Midway defeated Wolf Lake 7-1 last Saturday to capture the Lake and Pine League tournament title. Robert Weaver went 3 for 4 with a run, Drew Rasmussen went 2 for 5 with three runs, Shane Hendrickson went 2 for 5 with a run, and Jake Lund went 2 for 4 with a run to lead Midway's 12-hit attack. Rasmussen, Hendrickson, Zach Etter, Derek Dormanen and Mike Baso had RBIs for the Snurdbirds. Lund allowed three hits and one unearned run while striking out nine over eight innings for the win.
The quest of a return trip to the state tournament fell short for the Park Rapids Storm Babe Ruth baseball team last weekend. The Storm entered the District II tournament at Perham as the No. 2 seed from the Timberline League. The group of 14- and 15-year-olds lost to Bemidji 9-7 in the first round last Thursday before rebounding with wins over Nevis (7-4 last Thursday) and Bagley (4-1 last Friday) before being eliminated with a 7-2 loss to Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale last Friday. Perham defeated BHV 7-6 in the championship game as both teams qualified for state.