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Park Rapids' Jaiden McCollum earned a medal in her first appearance while Nevis' Kiefer Miller earned a medal in his final appearance in the throwing events at Saturday's state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Park Rapids’ Jaiden McCollum earned a medal in her first appearance while Nevis’ Kiefer Miller earned a medal in his final appearance in the throwing events at Saturday’s state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Entering the Section 8A girls track and field meet at Warren last Saturday, Park Rapids' Abby Mueller, Megan Olson, Jaiden McCollum, Kamree Carlson and Caroline Drury liked their chances of qualifying for the state Class A meet.
Menahga's run through the Section 5A baseball playoffs ended Monday with a 4-3 loss to Barnum at Brainerd. Barnum, the No. 4 seed in the East bracket, advanced despite being held to only four hits by scoring twice in the second, once in the third and once in the fifth. Menahga, the No. 4 seed in the West, scored a run in the third when Al Pietila singled and scored on Isaac Anderson's RBI single. Joe Keranen doubled and scored on Charles Haataja's RBI single in the fifth before Mitch Peterson walked and scored on Thomas Litzau's RBI single in the sixth.
Detroit Lakes swept titles at the Section 8AA golf tournament at Bemidji Town & Country Club while the Park Rapids girls golf team ended the season with its best round of the season Tuesday. Kate Smith earned medalist honors with a two-day total of 143 as Detroit Lakes won the section title for the seventh year in a row with rounds of 328 and 315 for a 643. Park Rapids carded a 393 during Monday's first 18 holes and followed with a season-best 372 during Tuesday's final 18 holes for a two-day total of 765 for sixth place.
Corey Hill knew his Park Rapids girls track and field team would have to fight for every point in order to win the Section 8A title. For the seventh year in a row, the Panthers won that fight. Led by three first-place finishes and a runner-up showing, the Panthers repeated as section champs by compiling 82.50 points Saturday at Warren. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton finished a close second with 81 points.
During the regular season, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team had no problem scoring runs. During the Section 8AA playoffs, the Panthers struggled to produce the clutch hit. Despite their offensive struggles, the Panthers advanced through the losers’ bracket in this double-elimination tournament. After a 4-1 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, an 11-2 win over Roseau and a 3-2 win in 11 innings over Barnesville sent Park Rapids to Thursday’s final rounds at Thief River Falls.
Winning three individual titles led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to the Section 8A title for the seventh year in a row. Abby Mueller defended her title in the 200-meter dash and joined Megan Olson, Kamree Carlson and Jaiden McCollum on the winning 4 x 200 relay team. McCollum took first in the shot put and Caroline Drury added a runner-up showing in the pole vault as the Panthers qualified five individuals in four events for the state Class A meet.
Park Rapids and Midway picked up Lake and Pine League amateur baseball wins on Sunday.
Roseau used four walks and three singles to score four times in the second inning to spark a 6-3 win over the Park Rapids baseball team in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs Wednesday at Roseau. Park Rapids, the No. 6 seed in the North, took a 1-0 lead in the second when Matt Bade and Jack Herman singled, Sam Eystad put down a sacrifice bunt and Damion Hanke lofted a sacrifice fly. The No. 3-seeded Rams followed the four-run second with a two-run third to build a 6-1 lead.