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Brooke Jerger, Rilee Michaelson and Mercedez Bellanger combined to allow only five hits and one run as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team remained undefeated on the season with 10-run victories over Wadena-Deer Creek and Perham. Michaelson and Jerger combined on a one-hitter in an 11-0 five-inning victory at Wadena Thursday while all three pitchers combined on a four-hitter in a 12-1 five-inning victory over Perham Friday at Park Rapids.
The Nevis baseball team extended its winning streak to seven games in a row with three victories last week. A 12-hit attack led the Tigers to an 11-3 Northland Conference win at Lake of the Woods on May 8 while an 11-hit attack sparked a 7-4 conference win over Cass Lake on May 9. Nevis had 10 hits in a 5-3 win over Sebeka Thursday to improve to 8-1 in the conference and 13-3 overall. In the win over LOW, the Tigers scored three times in the second for a 4-2 lead before breaking the game open by scoring two runs apiece in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Luke Wurdock carded a 39 to earn medalist honors in leading United North Central to the team title at Thursday's Northern Pines Conference boys golf meet at Blackduck. Mason Hotakeinen's runner-up 41, Anthony Wurdock's 43 and Vaughn Massie's 47 rounded out the Warriors' four-golfer team score of 170. That was good for a 14-shot win over runner-up Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte. Park Rapids finished third in this fifth conference meet with a 188 with Bjorn Jorgenson's 42, Justin Dravis' 48 and a pair of 49s by Tate Usher and Cody Dravis leading the way.
Having sophomore Spencer Fritze earn all-state honors in diving, sending six individuals to the state Class A meet in six events, going undefeated in dual meets for the first time in school history and breaking five school records highlighted a highly successful season for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team.
Chloe Johnson earned medalist honors with a 46 in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to first place in a Northern Pines Conference meet at Blackduck on May 9. Drew Hilmanowski's runner-up 49 and Sabela Valverde-Andrade's 50 rounded out the Panthers' three-golfer team score of 144. This was the Panthers' fourth win in five conference meets. United North Central claimed runner-up honors with a 152 behind Anna Huttunen's 50 and a pair of 51s by Hailey Usher and Madison Womble.
Al Pietila threw a two-hitter and went 7 for 8 at the plate with six RBI in leading the Menahga baseball team to a Park Region Conference doubleheader sweep over Ottertail Central Friday at Henning. In the first game, Pietila went 4 for 4 with four RBI to spark Menahga to an 10-7 victory.
Corey Hill knew it would take contributions from every athlete for the Park Rapids girls track and field team to win the Section 8A True Team title Tuesday at Vern Weekley Field. It was truly a total team effort that helped the Panthers repeat as the section True Team champions.
Perham won all seven matches in straight sets to spark a 7-0 victory over the Park Rapids boys tennis team Tuesday afternoon at the Depot Courts. Connor Shaw at No. 1 singles and the No. 3 doubles team of Kenny David and Ashton Clark battled in 6-3, 6-4 losses. Perham also defeated the Panthers 7-0 earlier in the season. "Connor was close at No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles did OK," said Park Rapids head coach Mike Baumgartner. "I thought the whole team played well." Perham 7, Park Rapids 0 No. 1 singles: Carter Cresap, P, over Connor Shaw 6-3, 6-4.
Andrew Lachowitzer was looking for the Park Rapids boys track and field team to contend for the title at Tuesday's Section 8A True Team meet at Vern Weekley Field. Even though the Panthers finished third, the Park Rapids head coach was pleased with the effort of his team.
Andrea Dudley broke three school records and Zach Henry broke one school record for the Nevis track and field teams at Tuesday's Section 8A True Team meet at Park Rapids.