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Senior Victoria Lutz, sophomores Lydia Lutz, Summer Ellefson and Shelby Pierce, and eighth grader Mady Vaudrin were exuding with confidence entering last Saturday's Section 8A girls track and field meet at Crookston. That belief in their abilities led the five Park Rapids athletes to the state Class A meet. Lydia Lutz, Pierce, Ellefson and Victoria Lutz advanced to state by winning the 4 x 800-meter relay in 9:31.62.
Park Rapids' Laura Haugland, Kyle Christianson and Rachel Thelen placed in multiple meets for their collegiate track and field teams this past winter and spring. Haugland completed her second season as a member of the Liberty University women's track team. Christianson completed his senior season as a member of the Bemidji State University men's track team. Thelen finished her first season as a member of the College of St.
A four-run fourth inning carried Detroit Lakes to a 6-4 win over Park Rapids in the first round of the Section 8AA baseball playoffs Thursday at Detroit Lakes. Paul Dirks singled and scored in both the first and third innings to give Park Rapids a 2-1 lead. The No. 2-seeded Lakers strung together three singles to take a 5-2 lead in the fourth before the No. 7-seeded Panthers responded by scoring twice in the fifth.
Menahga relied on pitching and defense in the postseason to advance to the state Class A fastpitch softball tournament. The Braves qualified for the state tournament for the fourth time in school history by following a 6-1 win over Bertha-Hewitt in last Tuesday's Section 6A semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Parkers Prairie in the Section 6A championship game Thursday night at Pillager. During the regular season, the Braves went 0-4 against their Park Region Conference rivals en route to a 6-13 record.
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt earned a return trip to the state Class A meet while Park Rapids placed in six events at Saturday's Section 8A boys track and field meet at Crookston. Schuldt won the 3,200-meter run in 10:07.33 to lead Nevis to 10th place with 28 points.
Senior Victoria Lutz and sophomores Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce and Summer Ellefson qualified for the state Class A girls track and field meet in record fashion while eighth grader Mady Vaudrin advanced in impressive fashion at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Crookston. Lydia Lutz, Pierce, Ellefson and Victoria Lutz won the 4 x 800-meter relay by breaking the section record with a time of 9:31.62. The old record of 9:33.80 was set by Roseau in 2001. That time also set a new school record.
Trisa Hutchinson's 78, Courtney Hedstrom's 80 and Matty Tschider's 82 led the Detroit Lakes girls golf team to a 335 and the Section 8AA championship at Longbow Tuesday. Holly Karkela earned medalist honors with a 74 in leading Perham to runner-up honors with a 350. Joining Karkela as the other individual state qualifiers are Crookston's Monica Wold with a 77 and Roseau's Abby Ness (81), Emily Hallie (83) and Kaylan Huber (83). Park Rapids had three individual section qualifiers. Kirsten Erickson tied her season best with a 91 and Hannah Williams carded her career best with a 95.
Despite struggling at the plate, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team was one win away from playing for the Section 8AA title. The combination of five hits on offense and five errors on defense prevented the Panthers from reaching the section title game. Park Rapids stayed alive in the double-elimination portion of the tournament by edging Pequot Lakes 2-1 in Tuesday's elimination game at Thief River Falls. However, the Panthers were denied a trip to the section finals with a 13-2 five-inning loss to Warroad in Tuesday's second elimination game.
Nevis and United North Central fell short in their quests to advance a golfer to the state Class A tournament. The Tigers finished fourth at Tuesday's Section 6A boys golf tournament at Pebble Lake in Fergus Falls with a 355. Park Christian claimed the section title with a 347, two shots ahead of Mahnomen and four strokes ahead of Barnesville. Leading the Tigers were Kyle Magnuson and Hunter Schroeder with 87s, Matt Halik with an 89 and Aaron Halik with a 92. UNC had two section qualifiers: Tyler Meech and Lane Hillukka.
Paul Dirks had six hits and scored five times to spark an offense that had 25 hits and scored 19 runs as the Park Rapids baseball team concluded the regular season by sweeping a Mid-State Conference doubleheader from Pequot Lakes Tuesday at the Area High School field. The Panthers used a 12-hit attack to defeat Pequot Lakes 11-1 in five innings in the first game and followed with a 13-hit attack in an 8-3 victory in the second game. Park Rapids set the tone by scoring four times in the first inning of the opener.