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Gabe Bagstad threw a three-hitter and struck out nine in leading the Park Rapids baseball team to a 5-0 win over Roseau in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs Tuesday at Park Rapids. After a brief rain delay, Park Rapids (the No. 3 seed in the North) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Tristin Persons reached on an error, stole second and scored on Austin Jerger's two-out RBI double.
Walt Harrison liked the chances of the Park Rapids girls golf team to qualify for the Section 8AA tournament. In a tune-up for the Section 8AA North tournament at Blueberry Pines on May 22, the Panthers finished third with a 418 without seniors Olivia Wallace and Olivia McDonald. That score was behind East Grand Forks' 408 and ahead of Thief River Falls' 419 as those three teams were expected to battle for the final spot to the section meet.
A strong pitching performance and a timely home run sparked Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton to a Section 8AA playoff victory over the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team for the third year in a row.
Adam Thompson threw a one-hitter and was supported with home runs by Jack DeWulf and Shep Davis as the Nevis baseball team eliminated Menahga from the Section 5A tournament with a 10-0 opening-round win in six innings Thursday at Nevis. Nevis scored two unearned runs in the first inning, scored twice in the third, added a run in the fourth, scored four times in the fifth and ended this game early via the 10-run rule with the final run in the sixth.
Kaylee Eckman won both hurdles events to account for the two winning efforts for the United North Central track and field teams at Thursday's Subsection 6-22A meet at Perham.
Zach Henry and Andrea Dudley won two events apiece to pace the Nevis track and field teams at Thursday's Subsection 8-29A meet at Lake of the Woods. Henry sprinted to titles in the 100 dash (11.20) and 200 dash (23.08) to score 20 points as the Nevis boys finished seventh with 35 points. Park Rapids captured the subsection title with 171 points in the 10-team meet.
Ending the regular season with a six-game winning streak should give the Park Rapids baseball team plenty of momentum entering the Section 8AA playoffs. The Panthers closed the regular season with a 12-0 five-inning win at Bagley Thursday and a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep against Crosby-Ironton at Crosby Friday, following a 12-4 win in the first game with a 13-4 five-inning win in the second game. Against Bagley, the Panthers relied on a 10-hit attack and a seven-run first inning in coasting to the win.
For the seventh time in the last eight years, the Park Rapids girls and boys track and field teams swept the Subsection 8-29A titles. The Panthers dominated Thursday's subsection meet at Lake of the Woods as the girls won 10 events and compiled 210.50 points to capture their 13th consecutive crown while the boys used three winning times in the relays and a balanced attack to accumulate 171 points to top the 10-team field.
Closing out the regular season with a six-game winning streak gave the Park Rapids baseball team a home game to open the Section 8AA playoffs. The Panthers closed the regular season with a 12-0 five-inning win at Bagley Thursday and a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep against Crosby-Ironton at Crosby Friday, following a 12-4 win in the first game with a 13-4 five-inning win in the second game.
Park Rapids picked the perfect time to play two of its best fastpitch softball games of the season at Thief River Falls Thursday. The Panthers followed a 5-3 win over Roseau with a 6-0 win over Thief River Falls to join Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton as the only undefeated teams remaining in the double-elimination portion of the Section 8AA tournament. In Thursday's first game at Thief River Falls, Rilee Michaelson allowed four hits and three unearned runs as the No. 2-seeded Panthers sent Roseau, the No. 3 seed in the North, into the losers' bracket.