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Nolan Booge's win at No. 2 singles led the Park Rapids boys tennis team in a 6-1 loss at Thief River Falls Tuesday. Booge prevailed in a second-set tiebreaker for a straight-set win. Peter Van Batavia lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles while Thief River Falls won the other matches in straight sets. Thief River Falls 6, Park Rapids 1 No. 1 singles: Camden Broadwell, TRF, over Zach Nelson 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 singles: Nolan Booge, PR, over Alex Grant 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). No. 3 singles: Dylan Hahn, TRF, over Ashton Clark 6-2, 6-1.
Zach Hocking and Tristin Persons both had four-hit games as the Park Rapids baseball team split a Mid-State Conference doubleheader with Crosby-Ironton Tuesday at the Area High School field. Hocking's 4-for-4 effort at the plate in the opener was overshadowed when C-I scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for an 11-8 win. Persons went 4 for 4 and scored four runs to spark the Panthers to a split with a 7-4 victory in the second game.
Jack DeWulf and Adam Thompson both went 3 for 4 at the plate in leading the Nevis baseball team to a 17-1 five-inning win over Red Lake Tuesday at Nevis. The Tigers broke the game open by scoring four times in the second inning, four times in the third and eight times in the fourth to end this Northland Conference game early via the 10-run rule.
An eight-run fourth inning sealed Nevis' 12-2 five-inning victory over Laporte in a Northland Conference baseball game Friday at Nevis.
Parkers Prairie jumped out to an 11-1 lead after three innings and held on for an 11-5 victory at Menahga Friday to maintain first place in the Park Region Conference baseball standings. A five-run first inning and four-run third inning provided Parkers Prairie with the early lead. Menahga scored a run in the first inning on Al Pietila's double, Charlie Steidler-Thompson's sacrifice bunt and Mitch Peterson's sacrifice fly.
Three wins in the distance events led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to second place at Friday's Staples-Motley Invitational at Staples. Lydia Kantonen won the 3,200-meter run in 12:06.38 and anchored the 4 x 800 relay team to a winning time of 10:31.13. Tori Hilmanowski, Jada Renneberg and Paige Johnson rounded out that relay unit. Renneberg also took first in the 1,600 run in 5:53.61.
Even though the Nevis girls basketball team finished with a 4-21 overall record, Brad Neyens was pleased with the improvement the Tigers showed in his first season as head coach. "Despite our win/loss record, I feel that the season went pretty well," said Neyens. "We had girls that worked hard every day and enjoyed playing the game of basketball. We improved quite a bit as the season went on. We played smarter, turned the ball over less and played solid defense."
David Mortenson threw a four-hit shutout and drove in the game's only run as the Park Rapids Esox opened the Lake and Pine League amateur baseball season with a 1-0 win over Sebeka Sunday afternoon at Park Rapids. Mortenson walked three and struck out eight in a complete-game victory and drove in Cody Schirmers with the only run in the sixth inning. David Dirks went 1 for 3 and Mortenson went 1 for 3 to account for Park Rapids' two hits.
After not being able to capitalize on nine hits in a 5-4 loss in the first game, the Park Rapids baseball team rebounded by pounding out 19 hits in a 15-1 five-inning win in the second game to salvage a split with Staples-Motley in the Mid-State Conference opener Friday at the Area High School field. In the opener, James Ehresman's RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning gave the Cardinals the win.
The Park Rapids boys tennis team picked up wins at No. 1 singles, No. 2 doubles and No. 3 doubles during a triangular meet at Perham Friday afternoon. Connor Shaw won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles, Gunnar Larson and Jacob Gruis won in straight sets at No. 2 doubles, and Peter Van Batavia and Ashton Clark prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles in a 4-3 loss to Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls won the other four matches in straight sets.