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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.
Leeza Tostenson's game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday at Thief River Falls extended the season for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. The Panthers trailed Thief River Falls 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh in a Section 8AA quarterfinal game before rallying for a 3-2 win. Anna Grimes singled with one out and advanced to third with a stolen base and a wild pitch. Alyssa Carlson followed with an RBI single before Brie Warne reached on an error.
Park Rapids' Alex Renner capped off the season by finishing fourth in singles at Thursday's Section 8A boys tennis tournament at Thief River Falls. Renner, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 15 Austin Korkowski of Wadena-Deer Creek and No. 10 Austin Hirschey of Staples-Motley in straight sets before being defeated by No. 6 Jake Greenwood of East Grand Forks in the semifinals. Renner then lost to No. 4 Joel Ryan of East Grand Forks in the third-place match. 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.
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.
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.
A bases-clearing double by Jenny Palm and a two-run double by Olivia Vaadeland sparked a six-run fifth inning that lifted the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a 13-3 win over Crookston in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs Tuesday at Park Rapids. Crookston, the No. 7 seed in the north half of the section, held a 3-2 lead before the No.