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It took the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team 10 innings to produce a run in a season-opening doubleheader against Staples on Wednesday, June 12. That's all it took for Post 212 to salvage a split. After being held to one hit in a 10-0 loss in five innings in the first game and failing to reach base during the first four innings of the second game, Post 212 took advantage of three Staples errors to rally for a 6-5 win in five innings in the nightcap for the split.
Park Rapids' Megan Grimes concluded her collegiate track and field career by placing third in the heptathlon at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet at Northfield's Laird Stadium on May 2-3. Grimes scored 4,013 points to help St. Olaf finish third in the team standings with 116 points. St. Thomas won the MIAC title with 156.50 points while Hamline took second with 136 points.
The Park Rapids Community Tennis Association is starting a drive to encourage people to pick up a racket and hit the courts. A $1,951 grant from the USTA Northern Section will be used to hold two classes to introduce children and introduce or reintroduce adults to the game of tennis. Adult classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday nights beginning on June 17 at the Depot Courts from 6-7:30 p.m. The 90-minute classes will also be held on June 19, June 22 and June 24 and are for beginners or those needing a refresher.
Danny Menton and Jim Foss held off two teams to capture the title in the annual Two-Man Best Ball/Scramble tournament at Headwaters Golf Club.
Park Rapids' Julia Johnson, Hannah Morgan, Kendra Scholz, Holly Johnson and Kamree Carlson had to overcome adversity in order to bring home medals from the state Class A girls track and field meet. The first four had to regroup after a disqualification while Carlson had to rebound from an injury to reach the podium at Klas Field on the campus of Hamline University in St. Paul on Saturday (June 8).
United North Central's Tyler Shepersky and Annika Aho brought home medals from the state Class A track and field meet. Shepersky won gold medals in the boys 800-meter and 3,200-meter wheelchair races with personal-best times during the first day of competition at Klas Field on the campus of Hamline University in St. Paul on Friday, June 7. Shepersky scored 2 points for the Warriors.
Nevis' Luke DeWulf just missed reaching the podium in his debut at the state Class A boys track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul on Saturday, June 8. DeWulf finished 10th in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 10.50 inches during the finals at Klas Field. The Nevis junior hit that mark on his first of three attempts during preliminaries. DeWulf followed with distances of 18-5 and 18-6.75.
It took a near-flawless performance by Sebeka to end the remarkable run by the Menahga baseball team in the Section 5A playoffs. Spencer Lake and Kolby Kiser combined on a three-hitter in leading Sebeka to a 2-1 win over the Braves in the section championship game at Pierz on Thursday, June 6. Sebeka, the No. 1 seed in the West, took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Walks to Dawson Bullock, Isaac Tellers and Kiser loaded the bases before an RBI single by Noah Steevens and a run-scoring grounder by Mason Dailey produced what turned out to be the game-winning runs.
Park Rapids advanced to the finals in two of three relays while United North Central’s Annika Aho qualified for the finals in the 400-meter dash during preliminaries of the state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University on Friday, June 7.
Menahga's remarkable run in the Section 5A baseball tournament continues. A dominating 16-0 five-inning victory over Hinckley-Finlayson at Pierz on Wednesday (June 5) sent the Braves to the section finals against Sebeka. That was the fourth consecutive elimination game Menahga survived. The Braves entered the postseason after posting only three wins during the regular season. The No. 6 seed in the West peaked at the right time as five victories in the playoffs have Menahga two wins away from earning a trip to the state Class A tournament.