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Abby Mueller won two individual events and ran on a winning relay in leading the Park Rapids girls track and field team to the title at last Friday’s May Day Invitational at Walker. Mueller won the 100-meter dash in 12.99 and the 200 dash in 26.20 and joined Lydia Kantonen, Tori Hilmanowski and Megan Olson on the 4 x 400 relay team that clocked a 4:24.65.
Thief River Falls won all seven matches in straight sets in a 7-0 win over the Park Rapids boys tennis team in a match between Section 8A rivals at the Depot Courts Tuesday afternoon. Thief River Falls 7, Park Rapids 0 No. 1 singles: Devin Hutton, TRF, over Nick Porozinski 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 singles: Michael Magnusson, TRF, over Connor Shaw 6-2, 6-1. No. 3 singles: Carter Onkka, TRF, over Ashton Clark 6-1, 6-0. No. 4 singles: Braydon Powell, TRF, over Jacob Gruis 6-1, 6-0.
Two more dominating efforts led the undefeated Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep over Staples-Motley Tuesday afternoon. Mercedez Bellanger threw a two-hitter as the Panthers won the first game 11-1 in five innings while Brooke Jerger followed with a one-hitter as Park Rapids completed the sweep with a 13-0 win in the second game. An eight-run fourth inning sparked the Panthers to the win in the opener.
Luke Wurdock claimed medalist honors in leading the United North Central boys golf team to runner-up honors at Friday’s United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines. Wurdock carded a 6-over par 78 as the Warriors finished second in the nine-team field with a 352. Gavin Mickelson’s 85, Anthony Wurdock’s 89 and Mason Hotakainen’s 100 rounded out UNC’s team score.
Brooke Jerger and Mercedez Bellanger combined to give up only six hits and one run and were supported by an offense that belted out 27 hits and scored 30 runs as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team remained undefeated with wins over Wadena-Deer Creek and Menahga.
Squandered opportunities early Thursday against Wadena-Deer Creek sent the Park Rapids baseball team to its third loss in a row. With the game tied at 1-1, the Panthers left the bases loaded in the second inning and followed by leaving the bases loaded in the third inning as W-DC used a five-run fourth inning to spark a 9-1 victory. Damion Hanke scored on Chase Brand’s two-out RBI single as Park Rapids tied the game in the second.
The Nevis baseball team ended a five-game losing streak by sweeping a Northland Conference doubleheader from Laporte Thursday at Nevis. The Tigers scored four runs in the eighth inning for a 9-5 win in the first game before a six-run first inning sparked a 13-2 five-inning victory in the second game.
Posting four scores under 100 led the Park Rapids girls golf team to sixth place at Friday’s Bemidji Invitational. The Panthers carded their first round under 400 this season as Mariena Dearstyne’s 93, Alyza Edevold’s 96, Drew Hilmanowski’s 98 and Olivia Wallace’s 99 led to a 386. Alex Stone earned medalist honors with a 75 in leading Pequot Lakes to the team title in this 15-team meet with a 346. Bemidji was second with a 359.
Ottertail Central and Parkers Prairie remained at the top of the Park Region Conference baseball standings with victories over Menahga last week. OTC scored twice in the bottom of the seventh and once in the eighth to defeat the Braves 5-4 last Tuesday while Parkers Prairie took advantage of seven errors to score seven unearned runs in a 7-0 victory over Menahga Friday. The Braves rallied to defeat Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 7-6 in another conference game Thursday.
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.