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Sydney Bynum went 6 for 8 with five runs and six RBI and Brooke Jerger and Mercedez Bellanger combined to allow only six hits and no runs as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team swept a Mid-State Conference doubleheader from Crosby-Ironton Tuesday afternoon. Jerger and Bellanger combined on a five-hitter as the Panthers won the first game 10-0 in six innings and combined on a one-hitter as the Panthers completed the sweep with a 23-0 win in five innings in the second game.
The Park Rapids baseball team used 24 hits to sweep a Mid-State Conference doubleheader at Crosby-Ironton Tuesday. A 9-run fifth inning sealed the Panthers’ 15-5 win in five innings in the first game while a 15-hit attack sparked an 11-1 in six innings in the second game in the conference opener for both teams. In the opener, an RBI single by Matt Bade and a two-run single by Chase Brand produced three runs in the third before a three-run fourth made it 6-0.
Mariena Dearstyne claimed medalist honors with a 43 in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to a first-place finish at Headwaters Golf Club Tuesday in the second Northern Pines Conference meet. A pair of 47s by Drew Hilmanowski and Olivia Wallace completed Park Rapids’ three-player score of 137. United North Central took second with a 153 behind Maddie Womble’s 50, Hailey Usher’s 51 and Anna Huttunen’s 52.
Bobby Bruce and Marcus McKeever posted a straight-set win at No. 1 doubles to account for the lone win as the Park Rapids boys tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision at East Grand Forks Tuesday. Zach Nelson dropped a close three-setter at No. 4 singles while Matt Bruce and Ashton Clark lost in three sets at No. 3 doubles. East Grand Forks won the other four matches in straight sets in dropping the Panthers to 0-3 in dual meets.
Combining 35 hits with 22 walks produced 28 runs as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team won three games to capture the title at Saturday’s Park Rapids Invitational at Olson Fields. The Panthers used 10 hits and 15 walks to defeat Mahnomen/Waubun 12-5 in the first game before an 11-hit attack sparked a 10-2 win over Pine River-Backus in the semifinals. In the championship game, the Panthers’ 12-hit attack led to a 6-2 victory over Norman County.
Ashton Clark and Eli Hensel finished third at No. 3 doubles in leading the Park Rapids boys tennis team at Saturday’s Park Rapids Invitational. Marcus McKeever and Connor Shaw placed sixth at No. 1 doubles while Marcus Hoyer finished seventh at No. 2 singles and Nolan Booge and Evan Booge placed seventh at No. 2 doubles. Nick Porozinski at No. 1 singles, Zach Nelson at No. 3 singles and Jacob Gruis at No. 4 singles finished eighth.
A nine-run second inning sparked the Park Rapids baseball team to a 16-6 five-inning victory over Lake of the Woods in the season opener Saturday. Jason Haas’ RBI single in the first gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead before a pair of RBI doubles by Connor Byer and singles by Zach Hocking and Austin Jerger were the key hits in the second inning as LOW issued four walks, hit a batter and committed two errors.
Jaiden McCollum broke the school record in the shot put and Abby Mueller accounted for the other winning performance as the Park Rapids girls track and field team finished third at Friday’s Perham Invitational. McCollum’s winning toss of 36 feet, 11.50 inches broke Kim Carlson’s 1992 school record of 36-1 while Mueller won the 200-meter dash in 27.83 to lead the Panthers.
Mariena Dearstyne carded a 100 in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to sixth place at Friday’s Moorhead Invitational. Drew Hilmanowski’s 102, Dana McDonald’s 110 and Olivia McDonald’s 113 rounded out the Panthers’ 425 team score. Bemidji’s Morgan Williams earned medalist honors with an 86 while Moorhead claimed the team title with a 386.
United North Central’s Ethan Hendrickson brought home a title from the Northland Youth Wrestling Association state tournament, which was held March 31-April 3 at Rochester. Hendrickson qualified for state by winning the Region 5 title at Bemidji on March 19 in the grade 5-6 75-pound division.