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Crookston backed its No. 7 ranking in the latest state Class A boys tennis poll with a pair of 7-0 wins over Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes Thursday at Detroit Lakes. The Pirates improved to 9-0 on the season with the pair of wins against Section 8A opponents. Ashton Clark lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles for the Panthers in the loss to Crookston.
Bjorn Jorgenson carded a 42 in leading the Park Rapids boys golf team to a first-place showing in the third Northern Pines Conference meet Tuesday at Walker’s Tianna Golf Course. Mariena Dearstyne shared medalist honors with Walker-Hackensack-Akeley’s Justine Day with a 48 in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to first place for the third conference meet in a row.
Depth was the key as the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams swept titles at Tuesday’s Park Rapids Enterprise Invitational. Despite winning only four events, the Park Rapids boys topped the five-team field with 170 points to edge out Frazee’s 158 points. Nevis was third with 86 points and United North Central took fourth with 59 points.
In both games Tuesday, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team faced an unfamiliar situation. At the end of both games, the Panthers found themselves back in familiar territory. For only the second and third time this season, the Panthers trailed a game after the first inning. But as has been the case all season, the offense delivered as the Panthers followed an 11-3 win over Pelican Rapids with an 11-7 victory over Perham to improve to 9-0 on the season.
A relay track team that won two state titles and a baseball team that just missed winning a state title will be the newest additions to the Park Rapids Panthers Athletic Hall of Fame.
After holding off Crookston for a 5-4 win Thursday, the Park Rapids baseball team suffered its first loss of the season with an 8-2 loss at Perham Friday in a pair of games against Section 8AA opponents. In the win over Crookston, Austin Jerger went 2 for 3 and Jason Haas went 2 for 4 to pace the Panthers’ nine-hit attack. Park Rapids took a 1-0 lead in the second when Austin Dunker-Doll singled and scored on Jerger’s RBI single.
One of Marion Goeden’s goals for her Park Rapids fastpitch softball team was to break the school record for runs scored in a season. Through seven games, the Panthers are on pace to shatter that record. After a 22-2 five-inning victory at Crookston Friday, the undefeated Panthers are now 7-0 on the season, outscoring their opponents by a 135-11 margin. The school record for runs scored in a season is 261 set in 2011.
Charles Haataja and Al Pietila combined on a one-hitter as the Menahga baseball team defeated Sebeka 9-1 in a Park Region Conference game Thursday. The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Joe Keranen was hit by a pitch and scored on Pietila’s sacrifice fly. Mitch Peterson singled and scored on Graham Skoog’s RBI single in the second for a 2-0 lead before singles by Haataja and Peterson sparked a two-run third.
Danny Pike went 3 for 3 with two runs scored and three RBI in leading the Park Rapids Esox amateur baseball team to a 10-5 victory over Sebeka in the Lake and Pine League opener Sunday afternoon at Sebeka. Park Rapids scored six times in the third inning and three times in the fifth for the win in this game that was called after five innings because of rain.
Hailey Usher’s 103 led the United North Central girls golf team to runner-up honors at Thursday’s Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Invitational at Tianna Golf Course. Anna Huttunen’s 107, Tara Hendrickson’s 116 and Madi Womble’s 118 comprised UNC’s 444 team score. Park Rapids used a pair of 117s by Madison Johnson and Kinley Nordin, a 118 by Chloe Johnson and a 119 by Madison Steffel to finish third with a 471.