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Dave Mortensen and Jed Ryan combined on a one-hitter in leading the Park Rapids Esox to a 10-0 win in eight innings over Verndale in a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game Sunday afternoon at Park Rapids. Park Rapids jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning behind a one-out single by Dylan Weaver, a double by Dylan Stenberg, a two-run double by David Dirks, a single by Mortensen and an RBI single by Derek Parks.
Sabela Valverde-Andrade's runner-up 82 led the Park Rapids girls golf team to a runner-up 359 at Tuesday's Section 8AA North tournament at the Thief River Falls Golf Club. That tied the best team score of the season and gave the Panthers a spot in the Section 8AA tournament. Drew Hilmanowski finished ninth with a 90, Chloe Johnson was 10th with a 92 and Madison Johnson placed 13th with a 95 in the windy conditions to round out Park Rapids' team score. Olivia Wallace added a 103 and Olivia McDonald carded a 108.
Both Menahga and Nevis were upset in the first round and eliminated from the Section 5A baseball playoffs on May 25. Menahga, the No. 2 seed in the West, was shut out by No. 7 Sebeka 1-0 at Menahga while Nevis, the No. 4 seed in the West, was defeated by No. 5 Pillager 15-9 at Nevis. Kolby Kiser outdueled Al Pietila as Sebeka pulled off the upset. Kiser threw a one-hitter as the Trojans avenged losses of 3-0 and 7-3 to Menahga during the regular season.
After giving up 11 runs in the third inning in a 12-2 five-inning loss to East Grand Forks, the Park Rapids baseball team rebounded for a dramatic 4-3 win over Roseau to stay alive in the Section 8AA baseball tournament Thursday at Crookston. East Grand Forks sent 15 batters to the plate in the third inning to send the Panthers into the losers' bracket in the double-elimination portion of the tournament. Park Rapids led 2-1 before that inning when Jason Haas scored on Gabe Bagstad's RBI single in the first and Will Pickar scored in the second.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton relied on five extra-base hits to eliminate Park Rapids from the Section 8AA fastpitch softball tournament Thursday at Thief River Falls. The Panthers led 2-1 before DGF used two RBI doubles to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth before solo home runs in the sixth and seventh innings sealed a 5-2 victory. Lexi Stableton's RBI double gave DGF a 1-0 lead in the first inning before Tara Johanning singled and scored on a dropped fly ball to right field to tie it at 1-1 in the second.
Park Rapids stayed alive in the Section 8AA fastpitch softball playoffs with two close wins and opened the Section 8AA baseball playoffs with a close win Tuesday.
Ed Heltunen couldn’t have been happier with the performance of the Nevis track teams at Thursday’s Subsection 8-29A meet at Walker. The Tigers qualified 12 individuals for the Section 8A meet, which will be held Saturday at Bagley. Nevis scored 60 points to place fifth in the girls standings and tallied 46 points to place sixth in the boys standings as the Tigers combined to score points in 15 events.
It was another dominating effort by the Park Rapids girls track and field team. The Panthers used 13 winning performances and seven runner-up finishes in coasting to the Subsection 8-29A title Thursday at Walker. It marked the 12th year in a row that the Panthers have claimed the subsection title. Park Rapids ran away from the field with 263 points. Bagley was a distant second with 86 points in this nine-team meet.
Six winning efforts and five runner-up finishes led the Park Rapids boys track and field team to the title at Thursday’s Subsection 8-29A meet at Walker. Those performances helped the Panthers compile 177.50 points to top the eight-team field. Clearbrook-Gonvick finished second with 143 points while Walker-Hackensack-Akeley was third with 128 points.
It was deja vu all over again for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. Last year, the Panthers entered the Section 8AA playoffs as the No. 1 seed and opened with an 8-6 win over Hawley before being thrown into the losers’ bracket with a 4-1 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.