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Several area swimmers capped off the summer season by competing in the Park Rapids Summer Invitational at the Area High School pool on July 26. The meet drew 29 girls and 15 boys ages 5-17 from Park Rapids and the Lakes Area (Detroit Lakes and Perham) and featured 15 events. Ribbons were awarded to the top-seven finishers in each event with medals going to the high point champion in each age division. Following are the results from the Summer Invitational.
Andrew Lachowitzer was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the Park Rapids boys track and field team this season. Of the 32 athletes who competed in a varsity meet, 27 were underclassmen with five seniors along with only three juniors. Despite having a young team, the Panthers turned in a solid season by placing third at the Section 8A True Team meet and winning the Subsection 8-29A title for the sixth time in the last seven years.
Detroit Lakes eliminated the Park Rapids Esox and defeated the Wolf Lake Wolf Pack in opening-round games of the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament. The Angels, the No. 3 seed from the Hi-10 League, scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk off with a 5-4 win over Park Rapids in a first-round game Saturday night at Perham's Krueger Field.
A late rally helped Midway close out the Lake and Pine League regular season with a win Sunday afternoon at Staples. Staples scored once in the third inning and four times in the fourth to build a 5-0 lead before the Snurdbirds scored twice in the sixth and four times in the seventh to rally for a 6-5 amateur baseball victory.
It was a successful season for the Nevis baseball team. With only one senior in the starting lineup, the Tigers earned runner-up honors in the Northland Conference and the No. 4 seed for the Section 5A playoffs. Not even a loss in the playoff opener could diminish a successful 14-7 overall record. The Tigers opened the season with a 14-1 conference win over Laporte before going 2-1 at the Park Rapids Wood Bat Tournament by following a 3-2 loss to Menahga with a 14-6 win over Staples-Motley and a 5-3 victory over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.
Six Park Rapids wrestlers competed in the 2017 USMC/USAW Greco-Roman National Championships at the Fargodome. Kaden Safratowich competed in the 152-pound Cadet Division, opening with an 8-8 victory over Coulter Malone of California in his first match on July 19. Safratowich was eliminated with an 11-0 loss to Carlton Roberts of Ohio and a 12-0 loss to Benny Baker of Pennsylvania. Mckay Foy of Utah defeated Aaron Gandara of Arizona 8-0 in the championship match.
A rout and a wild win locked up a trip to the Region 14C tournament for the Park Rapids Esox amateur baseball team. The Esox ended the regular season with three straight Lake and Pine League victories to earn the final spot in the region tournament. Park Rapids followed a dramatic 11-10 win over Staples on July 16 with a 13-3 win in seven innings over Huntersville Saturday and a 3-2 win in 11 innings over Nimrod Sunday in the regular-season and home finales at Park Rapids.
After opening with a 4-3 loss to Sauk Centre, the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team was eliminated from the District 6 Division II tournament with a 13-5 loss to Paynesville Thursday at Sauk Centre. Post 212 played well in Thursday's opener as Sauk Centre scored three times in the fourth inning and once in the fifth to build a 4-0 lead before holding on for the win. Park Rapids mounted a rally in the sixth inning by scoring three times on singles by Tristin Persons, Sam Eystad, Austin Jerger and Gabe Bagstad.
Even though the Park Rapids boys golf team didn't meet head coach Jeff Anderson's goal of carding a round in the 320s, the Panthers did fulfill one of their main goals by winning the Northern Pines Conference title.
After scoring 26 runs on 26 hits in the first two games, the offense of the Park Rapids 18U softball team was shut down by Hawley in Monday's championship game of the Prairie Lakes Conference tournament at Hawley. Park Rapids opened the tournament with a 9-0 win in five innings over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the quarterfinals and followed with a 17-3 win in four innings over Detroit Lakes in the semifinals. Hawley claimed the title by limiting Park Rapids to only five hits in a 3-0 victory.