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Keegan Moses and Shelby Lewis were the top male and female finishers in the 5th annual Park Rapids Fire Department 5 Alarm 5K. Moses led the 27-runner field with a winning time of 20:10 while Lewis was the top female runner with a time of 22:27. Steve Safratowich was the top finisher among firefighters competing in the 5K run/walk with a time of 23:30. Following Moses and Lewis were Kristen Mitteness (22:52), Safratowich, Gabrielle Miller (23:35), David Mitteness (23:53), Kristine Miller (25:54), Lana Snyder (26:58), Embry Deshayes (30:26) and Maya Deshayes (33:53).
Two solid pitching performances and a dramatic walk-off win led Midway to the championship game of the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament. Stetson Burkman and Pete Marjamaa combined on a nine-hitter as Midway opened the region tournament with a 4-2 win over Perham Aug. 4 at Perham. Jake Lund followed with a four-hit complete game as the Snurdbirds defeated Bluffton 6-2 Aug. 4 at Perham. Midway advanced to the region championship game with a 9-8 win over New York Mills Aug. 5 at Perham.
Corey Hill wasn't surprised by the success of the Park Rapids girls track and field team this spring. The Panthers once again won the Subsection 8-29A title, contended for the Section 8A title and sent multiple athletes to the state Class A meet. In other words, it was another typical season on the track for the Panthers.
Andrew Lachowitzer likes the direction that the Park Rapids boys track and field team is heading. This year’s team featured 49 athletes competing. Those numbers helped the Panthers finish second at the Mid-State Conference meet, first at the Subsection 8-29A meet and tied for 10th at the Section 8A meet. Lachowitzer is counting on an increased number of athletes competing in track and field will lead to increased success down the road.
Stetson Burkman and Cory Odland combined on a six-hitter and Steve Wetterling hit three home runs as Midway closed out the Lake and Pine League regular season with a 10-0 win over Huntersville Sunday afternoon at Midway. The Snurdbirds scored three runs in the first inning, two runs in the second inning, one run in the fourth inning and one run in the sixth inning before ending this game early because of the 10-run rule by scoring three times in the seventh.
5 Alarm 5K set The 5th annual Park Rapids Fire Department 5 Alarm 5K run/walk is set for Saturday (Aug. 4) starting at 8 a.m. next to the fire hall. The entry fee is $40 for runners and walkers registering the day of the race. Registration will take place prior to the race at the fire hall. The entry fee includes a t shirt and a bag.
The Park Rapids Esox built an early lead, then held off a late rally to secure second place in the Lake and Pine League amateur baseball standings with a 7-5 win over Nimrod Sunday afternoon at Park Rapids. Park Rapids jumped out to a 6-0 lead before holding on for the win in this regular-season finale to lock up the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Region 14C tournament. Both teams entered this game tied for second with 10-3 records in league play.
Head coach Dan Etter expected the Park Rapids baseball team to contend for the Mid-State Conference and Section 8AA titles this spring. The Panthers fulfilled both expectations by finishing second in the conference and winning two games in the section playoffs in finishing with a 13-8 overall record. The Panthers opened the season with an impressive 1-0 win over Wadena-Deer Creek as an error in the bottom of the seventh inning produced the only run in this battle of Section 8AA teams.
Midway and New York Mills received the top seeds for the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament.
Having six veteran seniors in the starting lineup gave head coach Bill Dent plenty of confidence that the Nevis baseball team would contend for the Northland Conference and Section 5A titles this spring. The Tigers lived up to those high expectations by going 11-0 to win the conference title, being one of the final four teams in the section playoffs and finishing the season with an 18-4 overall record.