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Park Rapids received the No. 2 seed in the North and will begin the Section 8AA baseball playoffs by hosting No. 7 Bagley Tuesday at 5 p.m. These two teams were scheduled to play Thursday in the regular-season finale, but that game was cancelled. The Panthers enter the section playoffs with a 9-9 record while Bagley is 8-10. In Tuesday's other first-round games in the North, No. 3 East Grand Forks (9-11) hosts No. 6 Mahnomen-Waubun (5-10) and No. 4 Roseau (8-12) hosts No. 5 Crookston (6-12). No. 1 Warroad (15-5) receives a bye.
Both the Park Rapids and United North Central golf teams received a chance to prepare for the Section 8AA North tournament by playing in Tuesday's Pre-Section 8AA meet at Thief River Falls. Sabela Valverde-Andrade carded an 84 for runner-up honors in leading Park Rapids to runner-up honors in the girls meet. Drew Hilmanowski's 89, Chloe Johnson's 94 and Madison Johnson's 95 rounded out the Panthers' 362 team score. United North Central took fourth in this eight-team meet with a 390 behind Hailey Usher's 90, Madi Womble's 96, Anna Huttunen's 100 and Toni Noland's 104.
Having seven golfers earn all-conference honors helped Park Rapids sweep this year's Northern Pines Conference titles.
During their high school athletic careers, Lydia Kantonen, Sam Eystad, Justin Dravis and Julia Smith competed in 19 state competitions and earned 20 all-conference or all-district honors. Those four were recognized for their achievements by receiving top honors at Wednesday's 40th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet. In addition, Tyler Lehrke and Janessa (Wolff) Green were the latest members inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame during the banquet.
The Park Rapids fastpitch softball team will have to take the long road in order to reach the Section 8AA championship game. Park Rapids, the No. 1 seed in the South with a 20-0 record, opened the section tournament with an 8-0 victory over No. 4 Hawley before tasting defeat for the first time this season with an 11-3 loss to No. 2 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Thursday at Frazee.
The Nevis baseball team closed out the regular season with a pair of losses. After defeating Menahga 9-5 on May 15, the Tigers ended Northland Conference play with a 13-7 loss to Blackduck on May 16 before closing the regular season with a 10-0 six-inning loss to Fosston at Bemidji Thursday. A five-run fifth inning sparked the Tigers past Menahga.
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.
Lydia Kantonen won the 3,200-meter run while Jaiden McCollum was the runner-up in the shot put as the Park Rapids girls track and field team placed eighth at Saturday's state Class A True Team meet at Stillwater. Kantonen clocked an 11:56.10 to lead the field in the 3,200 run while McCollum threw the shot put 37 feet, 10 inches to take second as the Panthers compiled 277.50 points in this nine-team meet. Osakis claimed the team title with 388.50 points while Luverne was second with 387 points.
The Menahga baseball team closed out the Park Region Conference schedule by splitting games against Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale and Wadena-Deer Creek. Menahga scored twice in the fifth inning and four times in the sixth to defeat BHV 6-0 on May 16 while Jake Dykhoff threw a one-hitter and struck out nine in leading Wadena-Deer Creek to a 10-0 win in six innings Thursday at Deer Creek. Nick Ackerman threw a five-hitter and struck out seven as Pine River-Backus defeated the Braves 8-0 in the regular-season finale Friday.
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.