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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.
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.