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Going 2-1 against Mid-State Conference opponents kept the Park Rapids baseball team in third place in the conference standings. Park Rapids split a conference doubleheader against Staples-Motley Thursday at Staples, following a 9-2 win in the first game with a 9-6 loss in the second game. After dropping a 13-11 decision to Section 8AA rival Frazee Friday at Park Rapids, the Panthers defeated Aitkin 7-5 in a conference game Saturday morning at Park Rapids in a contest that was suspended because of darkness on May 1.
Nevis managed only seven hits, but used 11 walks and nine stolen bases to produce a 13-1 five-inning victory over Kelliher-Northome in a Northland Conference baseball game Thursday afternoon at Bemidji State University. The Tigers scored five runs in the first inning, two runs in each of the next two innings, three runs in the fourth and once in the fifth.
TJ Erickson pitched a complete game and went 4 for 5 at the plate in leading the Park Rapids Esox amateur baseball team to a 7-6 win at Nimrod Sunday afternoon. The Esox built a 7-2 lead by scoring once in the second inning, two times in both the third and fourth innings, and single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Nimrod rallied by scoring three times in the sixth and once in the ninth before Park Rapids prevailed.
Chloe Johnson earned medalist honors on the front side and finished third on the back side at Blueberry Pines on May 15 in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to a perfect showing in Northern Pines Conference play this spring. The Panthers led the field with a three-golfer score of 141 on the front 9 and followed with a winning total of 135 on the back 9 in the final conference meet. Park Rapids won all eight rounds in conference play.
Park Rapids received the No. 2 seed in the North and will open the Section 8AA playoffs by hosting No. 7 East Polk Tuesday (May 22) at 5 p.m. at the Area High School field. The Panthers, who ended the regular season with a 17-2 record, defeated East Polk 15-0 on May 11. The winner of that game plays the winner between No. 3 Roseau (13-6) and No. 6 Bagley (8-9) at Thief River Falls on Thursday (May 24) at 4 p.m.
Park Rapids' Ashton Clark captured the Junior Greco title and was the Junior Freestyle runner-up at 120 pounds at the Minnesota/USA Wrestling State Tournament, which concluded on May 13 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
The Park Rapids Clay Dusters trapshooting team holds a commanding lead after three weeks of competition in the Class 3A Conference 3 standings of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. The Clay Dusters have posted the top scores in the nine-team conference all three weeks. Park Rapids has a total score of 14,054.50 after posting scores of 4,463.50 in Week 1, 5,170 in Week 2 and 4,421 in Week 3.
With the Mid-State Conference title on the line, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team delivered. The Panthers needed a sweep in their conference finales Monday at Pequot Lakes to win the Mid-State title outright for the third year in a row. Park Rapids fulfilled that feat by following a 7-2 win in the first game with a 4-0 five-inning victory in the second game.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rallied from a 5-3 deficit by scoring five runs in both the fifth and sixth innings for a 15-5 six-inning victory over the Park Rapids baseball team Tuesday at Glyndon. Park Rapids took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Tristin Persons walked, stole second and scored on Brendan Kruchowski's RBI single. The Rebels countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning as Andrew Oberg's solo home run and Ryan Castor's two-run single produced a 3-1 lead.
Park Rapids' Olivia Wallace and Bjorn Jorgenson received all-conference honors by placing in the top-seven spots at Monday's Mid-State Conference golf meet hosted by Pequot Lakes at The Preserve. Wallace carded a 90 on the par-72 course to finish seventh overall and lead the Park Rapids girls to third place with a season-low 380 while Jorgenson carded a 78 to finish fourth overall as the Panthers finished fifth in the boys meet with a 353.