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Park Rapids' Katie Kristofferson, Hannah Williams and Kirsten Erickson extended their seasons by qualifying for the Section 8AA girls golf tournament. Kristofferson shot a career-best 84, Williams carded a 97 and Erickson shot a 99 Wednesday at the North Section 8AA tournament at Headwaters Country Club to earn three of the five individual section berths. Emily Hallie's medalist round of 80, Abby Ness' 82 and Katie Olson's 84 helped Roseau win the team title with a 343. Crookston was second with a 360 and East Grand Forks finished third with a 370 to claim the other two team berths.
The season ended for the Park Rapids boys tennis team as Crookston posted a 6-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the Section 8A tournament Tuesday at Thief River Falls. Max Brown and Scott Smith coasted to a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles to account for the Panthers' only win. Park Rapids entered as the No. 6 seed. The No. 3-seeded Pirates dropped only four games in sweeping the four singles matches and added straight-set wins at No. 1 doubles and No.
Gunner Johnson and Jordan Riewer outpitched Dan Ricke and Kevin McMorrow as Staples-Motley swept a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader from Park Rapids Tuesday at Staples. Johnson threw a seven-hitter and struck out 12 as the Cardinals won the first game 5-2. Ricke allowed five hits and two earned runs in a complete-game loss. Riewer followed with a two-hit, eight-strikeout performance as Staples-Motley completed the sweep with a 2-0 victory.
Tucker Coborn and Hannah Wolff were named the Male and Female Student Athletes for the Park Rapids Class of 2010 at Wednesday's 33rd annual All Sports Banquet. Kevin McMorrow and Kyja Penning were named the Male and Female Outstanding Athletes. See Saturday's edition of the Enterprise for complete coverage of the banquet.
Corey Hill was expecting the Park Rapids girls track and field team to finish in the top six spots at Saturday's state Class A True Team meet at Stillwater. Thanks to a solid team effort, the Panthers fulfilled that goal. Led by Lydia Lutz's pair of winning performances, the Panthers finished fifth with 313 points in this nine-team meet, which is sponsored by the Minnesota State Track & Field Coaches Association. Luverne won the state title with 428 points, followed by Esko with 422, Blue Earth Area with 397 and Mayer Lutheran with 354.
Detroit Lakes took advantage of its home course to sweep the Mid-State Conference golf titles last Wednesday. Matty Tschider shot an 81 to share medalist honors in leading Detroit Lakes to the girls title with a 338 while Karter Smith carded a 70 to lead the Lakers to the boys title with a 295 at Detroit Country Club. Park Rapids finished fourth in the girls meet with a 405 while the Panthers placed sixth in the boys meet with a 366. Joining Tschider on the all-conference team were Staples-Motley's Emily Israelson with an 81 and Kelly Hagenson with an 86; Detroit Lakes' Courtney Hedstrom
The Park Rapids boys tennis team ended the regular season in style with a 7-0 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday afternoon at the Depot Courts. In singles play, Alex Renner, Steve Smith, Armando Padilla and Kevin Merfeld combined to lose only nine games in four straight-set wins. The Panthers' three doubles teams - Max Brown and Scott Smith at No. 1, Kyle Dickinson and James Kujawa at No. 2, and Jonah Pearson and Chris Shaw at No.
Sebeka scored eight runs with two outs in the seventh inning to defeat the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team 11-4 in the regular-season finale Friday. The Trojans strung together six hits and two walks with two outs in the top of the seventh to rally for the win. This game was close until the final inning. Alyssa Carlson singled and scored on Olivia Vaadeland's RBI single as Park Rapids tied the game at 1-1 in the first. After Sebeka scored twice in the third for a 3-1 lead, singles by Leeza Tostenson, Brie Warne and Shelby Weckwerth loaded the bases in the fourth.
Home runs by Tucker Coborn and Paul Dirks helped rally the Park Rapids baseball team to a 9-8 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Thursday at Glyndon. D-G-F used two errors to score three times in the first inning and used four hits and an error to score three more runs in the fourth to build a 6-0 lead. One-out singles by Jack Mercado, Levi Erickson and Dirks loaded the bases in the fifth.
Brad Lusti threw a pair of two-hit shutouts and followed with a four-hitter as Midway remained undefeated on the season. Lusti gave up two hits and two walks and struck out eight as the Snurdbirds blanked Staples 10-0 in a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game on May 2. A six-run fourth inning sparked Midway's win. Steve Wetterling went 3 for 3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI and Pete Marjamaa went 3 for 5 with two RBI to pace Midway's 15-hit attack. Lusti went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and Tony Meech went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.