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Mike Baumgartner was hoping the Park Rapids boys tennis team could close out the regular season with the first win of the season. That goal fell just short as the Panthers dropped two close matches. Park Rapids battled Crookston in a 4-3 loss at Crookston on May 16 before dropping a pair of duals in the regular-season finale Friday at the Depot Courts with a 6-1 loss to Fergus Falls and a 7-0 loss to Bemidji.
Park Rapids received the No. 1 seed in the South and a first-round bye for the Section AA fastpitch softball tournament. The tournament began Tuesday with No. 2 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (18-2) hosting No. 7 Frazee (4-16), No. 3 Barnesville (14-5) hosting No. 6 Pelican Rapids (5-14) and No. 4 Hawley (14-6) hosting No. 5 Breckenridge (6-14).
Lydia Kantonen, Jaiden McCollum and Jake Reish captured individual titles to provide the main highlights for the Park Rapids track and field teams at the Mid-State Conference meet at Staples on May 16. Kantonen won the 1,600-meter run in 5:36.40 and McCollum led the field in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet as the Panthers placed third in the girls meet with 62 points while Reish took first in the high jump by clearing the bar at 5 feet, 8 inches as Park Rapids finished fourth in the boys meet with 37.33 points.
After three innings of Friday's game against Frazee, the Park Rapids baseball team appeared on the verge of extending a losing streak. That was before two walks and three straight singles with two outs sparked a five-run fourth inning that led the Panthers to a 9-6 win in this game between Section 8AA teams.
Several area runners competed in the full and half races at Saturday's Fargo Marathon. Four runners completed the 26.2-mile marathon. Justine Rittgers of Park Rapids (age 21) finished in 3:24:06 while Davin Torola of Park Rapids (age 39) crossed the finish line in 4:14:02. Menahga's Nicholas Jasmer (age 25) finished in 3:32:11 and Menahga's Ben Hendrickson (age 31) clocked a time of 4:06:38.
Park Rapids received the No. 8 seed and will open the Section 8A boys tennis tournament by playing No. 1 Thief River Falls Monday morning at 10 at Fergus Falls. The winner of that match plays the winner between No. 4 East Grand Forks and No. 5 Detroit Lakes at 1 p.m. Monday. The other quarterfinal matches pit No. 2 Crookston against No. 7 Fergus Falls and No. 3 Perham against No. 6 Minnewaska Area. The championship match will be played Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls will also host the individual section tournament beginning Tuesday.
Park Rapids closed out the Northern Pines Conference golf season by sweeping titles at Castle Highlands Tuesday. Bjorn Jorgenson tied for third place with a 40 while 41s by Tate Usher and Jackson Leckner and a 43 by Luke Kosel gave Park Rapids a winning four-golfer score of 165 in the boys meet. Cody Dravis and Jacob Bittmann added 44s. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte was second with a 167.
Marion Goeden and the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team had waited all season to get another shot at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. The result was worth the wait as the Panthers capped off the regular season with a perfect 20-0 record following Tuesday's 4-1 victory at Glyndon. D-G-F prevented the Panthers from advancing to last year's state Class AA tournament with a 4-1 win during the Section 8AA tournament and a 2-1 victory in the Section 8AA championship game.
Drew Hilmanowski, Olivia Wallace and Sebela Valverde-Andrade missed all-conference honors by one stroke as the Park Rapids girls golf team missed breaking the school record by five shots at Monday's Mid-State Conference meet at Headwaters Golf Club.
Jake Dykhoff delivered at the plate and on the mound to give Wadena-Deer Creek a 3-1 win over the Park Rapids baseball team Monday at Wadena. Dykhoff lined a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning to give the Wolverines the lead and sealed the victory by striking out the side in the seventh as W-DC improved to 14-3 on the season by winning for the ninth time in a row.