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It wasn’t a surprise when Park Rapids qualified nine individuals in six events for the state Class A track and field meet. Seniors Isaac Overmyer and Megan Grimes, juniors Abby Mueller and Megan Olson, sophomores Lydia Kantonen and Ellery Overmyer, freshmen Tori Hilmanowski and Jaiden McCollum, and eighth grader Abby Eystad expected to qualify for state at last Saturday’s Section 8A meet at Ada. All nine delivered with six winning performances.
Mariena Dearstyne was experiencing déjà vu during Monday’s Section 8AA girls golf tournament at Longbow Golf Club. Two years ago, Dearstyne struggled on the back side at Longbow to open the section tournament with a 47.
Corey Hill said it would take the best performance of the season for the Park Rapids girls track and field team to repeat as Section 8A champions. The Panthers turned in their best effort of the season Saturday at Ada to win the section title for the sixth year in a row. Led by five winning performances, the Panthers compiled 88 points to edge Norman County’s 85 points and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s 82 points for the section title. “By far, this is the most remarkable one.
Despite qualifying only one individual to the state Class A meet, the Park Rapids boys track and field team earned runner-up honors at Saturday’s Section 8A meet at Ada. Isaac Overmyer repeated as the section champion in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:05.36 to earn his fourth straight trip to state. That lone winning effort and five runner-up showings helped the Panthers finish second in the team standings with 56 points.
Nevis’ Hannah Anderson and Kiefer Miller earned their first trips to the state Class A track and field meet. Anderson won the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet, 10 inches while Miller took second in the discus with a throw of 138 feet at Saturday’s Section 8A meet at Ada. The Tigers finished 11th in the boys meet with 28 points and 12th in the girls meet with 21 points. Anderson joined Natalee Hockett, Andrea Dudley and Jordyn Lucas on the 4 x 100-meter relay team
United North Central’s Michaela Hesse and Blake Hillukka capped off their final trip to the Section 6A track and field meet by earning trips to the state Class A meet in the high jump. Hesse qualified for her third straight state meet in the high jump by clearing a runner-up height of 5 feet, 3 inches at Thursday’s Section 6A meet at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Upsala/Swanville Area’s Stephanie Koetter took first by clearing 5-7.
A dramatic two-out rally by Roseau in the bottom of the seventh inning eliminated the Park Rapids baseball team from the Section 8AA tournament. The Panthers opened the second round of the tournament Friday with a 6-5 loss to Crookston before being eliminated with a 10-9 loss to Roseau in Friday’s elimination game.
Four United North Central golfers qualified for the Section 8AA tournament at last Wednesday’s Section 8AA South meets. In the girls tournament at Wildflower Golf Course, Laura Niska carded a 90 and Hailey Usher carded a 96 to earn trips to the section meet. Sarah Kuismi’s 117 and Anna Huttunen’s 120 rounded out the Warriors’ 423 team score for fifth place. Detroit Lakes won the subsection title with a 318 while Perham (364) and Pelican Rapids (417) claimed the other team berths.
Midway belted out 31 hits in a pair of Lake and Pine League amateur baseball victories last weekend. The Snurdbirds built an 8-0 lead and held on for a 9-7 victory over the Park Rapids Esox at Midway Saturday and used a 16-hit attack to rout Red Eye 18-3 in seven innings Sunday. In the win over Park Rapids, Midway scored three times in the first and four runs in the fourth in building an 8-0 lead. Mike Baso went 3 for 4 with four RBI, Stetson Burkman went 3 for 4, Chris Baso went 2 for 5 wit
Clutch hitting sparked the Nevis baseball team to an 8-3 victory over Frazee in the opening round of the Section 6A tournament Tuesday at Nevis. After Frazee scored an unearned run in the first inning, the Tigers responded by scoring four times with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Victor Mastley walked and Gavin Becker was safe on a bunt. With two outs, Brett Byer lined a two-run single and Andrew Dudley followed with a two-run double. Frazee, the No.