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Park Rapids used five winning performances to claim runner-up honors in the girls division at Friday’s Anderson-Cole Invitational track and field meet at Perham. Abby Eystad, Abby Mueller, Paige Hill and Megan Grimes won the 4 x 100-meter relay in 54.40; Megan Olson led the field in the 800 run with a 2:28.92; Mueller took first in the 200 dash in 27.63; Tayah Otterness cleared 4 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump; and Caroline Drury took first in the pole vault by clearing 8 feet.
After opening the season with an 8-0 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, the Menahga baseball team scored 31 runs in splitting the next four games. Menahga opened Park Region Conference play with a 4-1 win over Sebeka Thursday and opened the Park Rapids Invitational with a 6-3 loss to Nevis Friday. The Braves then defeated Staples-Motley 13-5 before settling for sixth place with a 12-11 loss to Park Rapids in the final tournament games Saturday. Nick Meyer threw a six-hitter in the win over Sebeka.
The Nevis baseball team used wins over Menahga and Bagley to reach the title game of the Park Rapids Invitational. The Tigers opened the tournament Friday by rallying for a 6-3 win over Menahga. Nevis edged Bagley 5-3 in Saturday’s semifinals before falling to Hawley 9-7 in Saturday’s championship game. Nevis trailed 3-0 before scoring six runs in the sixth to rally past Menahga.
With six seniors leading the way, head coach Mike Baumgartner is expecting the Park Rapids boys tennis team to put a competitive team on the courts this spring. Returning from last year’s team that lost to East Grand Forks 4-3 in a Section 8A quarterfinal match are seniors Jeff Dickinson, Nick Lopez, Jackson Kimball, Jaden Olson and Alex Boyd; juniors Bobby Bruce and Marcus McKeever; and sophomore Nick Porozinski.
Despite not having a senior on the roster, head coach Walt Harrison is counting on a successful season from a veteran Park Rapids girls golf team. A year ago, the Panthers fell short of carding a round under 400 and ended the season placing fifth at the Mid-State Conference meet with a 435 and sixth at the Section 8AA North tournament with a 425. However, with 11 golfers who competed on varsity last year returning, Harrison is looking for the Panthers to vastly improve on those numbers. “We’
Led by a group of underclassmen, the Nevis girls basketball team was able to win a playoff game and end the season with an 11-17 overall record. Nevis opened the season by splitting Northwoods Conference games with a loss to Kelliher/Northome (61-48), wins over Blackduck (48-34) and Cass Lake (64-49), and a loss to Clearbrook-Gonvick (65-47). After a loss to Staples-Motley (59-34) and a win over Bertha-Hewitt (58-36), the Tigers split games at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley tournament with a loss to Red Lake Falls (60-35
Bill Dent is counting on a veteran and talented group to lead the Nevis baseball team to another successful season. The Tigers return eight starters and seven other letterwinners from last year’s team that won the Northland Conference title with a 13-0 record and finished at 19-7 overall. Nevis was the No. 3 seed in the north half for the Section 6A playoffs and won three games before being eliminated with two losses to Frazee by scores of 9-1 and 5-4.
Tim Wurdock is expecting improved seasons from the United North Central boys and girls golf teams this spring. Last season, the UNC boys qualified for the Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship.
Home runs by Kevin Hale and Gavin Hitchcock sparked a 15-hit attack as the Nevis baseball team opened the season with a 19-7 victory over Lake Park-Audubon Thursday afternoon at Nevis. Hale went 2 for 2 with a pair of home runs and six RBI while Hitchcock went 3 for 4 with five RBI to pace the Tigers’ offense. Austin Becker went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI and Gavin Becker went 3 for 3 with four runs, two stolen bases and an RBI.
Marion Goeden wasn’t sure what to expect from the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team offensively this season. The season opener may have provided some answers. Ten different players contributed a hit as a 15-hit attack sparked a 15-5 five-inning victory over Bagley Thursday afternoon. Park Rapids also capitalized on eight Bagley errors and six walks to coast to the win. The Panthers strung together seven hits in scoring six runs in the second inning to take control.