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Gavin Mickelson earned medalist honors with a 38 as United North Central earned runner-up honors at Thursday's Northern Pines Conference boys golf meet at Blackduck. Luke Wurdock's 43 and a pair of 51s by Nick Triesen and Mikko Johnson led the Warriors to a 183 to trail Walker-Hackensack-Akeley's winning four-golfer score of 179. Park Rapids finished fourth with a 203 behind a pair of 50s by Tate Usher and Luke Kosel, a 51 by Jacob Bittmann and a 52 by Bjorn Jorgenson.
Three pitchers combined on a five-hitter as the Park Rapids Esox amateur baseball team held off a late rally by Staples for an 8-6 Lake and Pine League win Saturday afternoon at Park Rapids. Midway used a three-run sixth inning to spark a 6-2 win over the Esox in another Lake and Pine League game Sunday afternoon at Park Rapids.
In order to capture the Mid-State Conference title for the first time in 13 years, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team had to win one game at Pequot Lakes Thursday. Kathryn Miska scattered 10 hits and struck out 11 as Pequot Lakes handed the Panthers their first loss of the season with a 9-5 victory in the first game. That gave both teams 6-1 records in the conference, meaning the winner of the second game would be the conference champs.
Corey Hill knew it wouldn’t be easy for the Park Rapids girls track and field team to earn a trip to the state Class A True Team meet. It wasn’t easy as the Panthers needed solid showings in the final two events to compile 906 points and edge defending champion Crookston for the Section 8A True Team title Tuesday at Warren.
Park Rapids’ attempt to repeat as the Section 8A True Team boys track and field champion fell short as Norman County claimed the title Tuesday at Warren. Norman County compiled 816 points to top the 15-team field. Roseau was second with 771 points while the Panthers followed with 704 points. Nevis took 13th with 320 points. Adam Jacobi clocked a runner-up 11:15.88 in the 3,200-meter run and Per Jorgenson clocked a runner-up 41.83 in the 300 hurdles to lead the Panthers.
After dominating the majority of their games this season, the members of the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team showed their character by rallying for a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep at Detroit Lakes Tuesday. The Panthers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for an 8-6 win in the first game and followed by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 10-9 victory in the second game and a sweep in this battle of state-ranked teams.
Wolf Lake took advantage of four errors and 10 walks to spoil the home opener for the Park Rapids Esox amateur baseball team with a 12-1 Lake and Pine League victory Sunday afternoon. Four walks and an RBI single by Jacob Marcus gave Wolf Lake a 3-0 lead in the first inning before Riley Massie walked and scored on Cory Odland’s grounder in the bottom of that inning.
Al Pietila picked up a pair of pitching victories as the Menahga baseball team split four games last week. Pietila gave up two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings and went 3 for 4 with three runs as the Braves defeated Sebeka in a Park Region Conference game on May 2.
A pair of four-run innings sparked Detroit Lakes to a Mid-State Conference sweep over the Park Rapids baseball team Tuesday at Park Rapids. Detroit Lakes scored four runs in the third inning in a 7-4 win in the first game and scored four times in the fourth inning in an 8-2 win in the second game. In the first game, Chase Brand walked and scored in the first inning, Sam Eystad scored in the fourth inning, and RBI singles by Jack Herman and Eystad led to two runs in the sixth inning for the Panthers.
Entering Thursday’s game against Thief River Falls, critics weren’t too impressed with the 13-0 record of the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. In the first 13 games, the Panthers had outscored their opponents by a whopping 213-25 margin, posting five shutouts and ending seven games early via the 10-run rule. Of Park Rapids’ 11 opponents, only three (Pine River-Backus at 9-3, Norman County at 9-4 and Mahnomen/Waubun at 7-3) had winning records while the other eight teams had combined for a 14-78 mark.