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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Record-setting times by Lydia Lutz, Victoria Lutz, Shelby Pierce and Sophie Shogren helped the Park Rapids girls track and field team defend its Subsection 8-29A title Thursday at Vern Weekley Field. Those four runners opened the meet by winning the 4 x 800-meter relay in 9:54.95 to set a new subsection record.
Winning five events and placing in 12 others led the Park Rapids boys track and field team to runner-up honors at Thursday's Subsection 8-29A meet at Vern Weekley Field. Colin Vaadeland won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with respective times of 11.93 and 23.68; Jake Grimes took first in the 300 hurdles in 48.01; John Drury won the discus with a throw of 122 feet, 4.5 inches; and Forrest Drury cleared 9-6 to win the pole vault as the Panthers tallied 134 points. Bagley/Fosston won the section title with 145 points. The Panthers also took second in three other events.
Jack Mercado had three hits and threw a seven-hitter in leading the Park Rapids baseball team to a 10-4 win at Bagley Thursday. A four-run first inning set the tone for the Panthers. Singles by Sam Coborn, Kevin McMorrow, Mercado, Levi Erickson and Ryan Peterson gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead. Singles by Paul Dirks, Cory Odland and Mercado and an error led to three more runs in the second as Park Rapids held a 7-1 lead. The Panthers sealed the win by scoring three more runs in the sixth.
Lindsey White threw a pair of gems in leading the Menahga fastpitch softball team to the Section 6A tournament. White threw a two-hitter and struck out 16 as the No. 3-seeded Braves opened the Section 6A North tournament with a 4-0 win over No. 6 Frazee last Tuesday at Menahga. In Thursday's semifinals at Menahga, White threw a three-hitter and struck out 14 as the Braves defeated No. 7 Lake Park-Audubon 3-0. White also pitched well in the subsection championship game, allowing five hits in a 4-2 loss to No.