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Menahga was held to only eight hits and one run in dropping three Park Region Conference baseball games at home. New York Mills followed a 20-0 victory in five innings in the first game with an 11-1 win in six innings in the second game Thursday before Ottertail Central posted a 5-0 victory Friday. All three games were played at Menahga.
Ely handed the Nevis baseball team its first loss of the season in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday. The Tigers extended their undefeated streak with a 21-2 five-inning win over Cass Lake-Bena Friday and a 10-6 win over Ely in the first game Saturday. Ely rebounded from that loss to edge Nevis 4-1 in Saturday's second game at Nevis. Nevis took advantage of 14 walks to remain undefeated in Northland Conference play with an easy win over Cass Lake-Bena.
The Park Rapids fastpitch softball team took another step closer to repeating as Mid-State Conference champions.
Dan Etter has seen the potential of the Park Rapids baseball team. The Park Rapids head coach saw how well his team can play in a 1-0 season-opening win over Wadena-Deer Creek and a 6-5 win in eight innings at East Grand Forks Thursday. Since that loss, W-DC has reeled off 12 straight wins to move up to the No. 2 spot in the Section 8AA South standings behind Pequot Lakes (11-0) while EGF entered Thursday's game as the No. 1 seed in the North half of Section 8AA.
Jada Renneberg led the field in the 3,200-meter run with a winning time of 12:38.00 to account for the lone first-place finish for the Park Rapids girls track and field team at the Section 8AA True Team meet at Fergus Falls on May 8. The Panthers, who won the Section 8A True Team title last season, finished ninth in the 10-team Section 8AA field with 308 points. Pequot Lakes repeated as the section champs with 501 points while Perham was second with 433 points.
A runner-up finish in the 4 x 800-meter relay led the Park Rapids boys track and field team to sixth place at the Section 8AA True Team meet at Fergus Falls on May 8. Lane Monaghan, Matthew Benson, Kaleb Stearns and Seth Breitweser teamed up to clock an 8:40.90 in that relay to give Park Rapids 27 points. The Panthers, who placed third at last year's Section 8A meet, scored 344 points on the day. In the True Team format, each team is allowed one entry in each of the four relays and two competitors in each of the other events. Every athlete who finishes scores points.
Carding three rounds in the 90s Monday helped the Park Rapids girls golf team fulfill a goal by breaking a 400 team score for the first time this season. A pair of 98s by Madison Johnson and Chloe Johnson, a 99 by Olivia Wallace and a 101 by Olivia McDonald gave the Panthers a 396 to tie for seventh place at the 17-team Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Golf Club. Kinley Nordin added a 106 and Olivia Ulvin carded a 109 for the Panthers on their home course.
Bjorn Jorgenson and Tate Usher turned in two solid rounds in leading the Park Rapids boys golf team to a pair of Northern Pines Conference wins Tuesday at Walker's Tianna Country Club. Jorgenson shared medalist honors on the front side with a 39 as the Panthers topped the 10-team field with a four-golfer round of 172. Usher's runner-up 41 on the back side led to a 175 team score as the Panthers won for the fifth time in six 9-hole conference meets.
Dillon McGee, Shep Davis and Adam Thompson combined to limit Pine River-Backus to only 10 hits and three runs in leading the Nevis baseball team to a Northland Conference doubleheader sweep Monday at Pine River. McGee threw a five-hitter as the Tigers won the opener 4-0 in five innings. Davis and Thompson combined on a five-hitter in the second game as Nevis completed the sweep with a 10-3 victory in another five-inning contest.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley prevailed in extra innings while Pillager posted a doubleheader sweep as the Menahga baseball team fell to 0-9 on the season. W-H-A scored three times in the fifth inning to tie the game before scoring three times in the eighth inning for a 7-4 victory over the Braves at Menahga on May 3. Ty Swenson threw a three-hitter in leading Pillager to a 6-0 win in the first game of a Park Region Conference doubleheader at Pillager on May 4 and the Huskies withstood a late Menahga rally in the second game to complete the sweep with an 11-8 win.