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Tuesday's rain has postponed a pair of Mid-State Conference doubleheaders between Park Rapids and Staples-Motley. Park Rapids was scheduled to host Staples-Motley in a conference softball doubleheader Tuesday. That doubleheader will be made up on Thursday (May 10) starting at 4 p.m. at Park Rapids. The baseball doubleheader between these two Mid-State rivals scheduled for Tuesday at Staples was also rained out and will be made up on May 17 at Staples beginning at 4 p.m.
After seeing a long winning streak during the regular season and in Mid-State Conference play end Thursday at Detroit Lakes, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team regrouped to start another winning streak. Detroit Lakes ended the Panthers' 13-game conference winning streak and 32-game winning streak in regular-season games with a 4-2 victory in the first game of a Mid-State doubleheader Thursday. The Panthers rebounded from that loss to earn a split with a 4-0 win in the second game at Detroit Lakes.
Luke DeWulf and Adam Thompson combined on a seven-hitter in leading the Nevis baseball team to a 3-2 win at Blackduck in a battle of undefeated teams Friday. Blackduck took a 2-0 lead in the second inning before the Tigers responded with three runs in the fourth. Dillon McGee, Shep Davis and Sam Hitchcock scored as Davis had an RBI single and Thompson had a two-run single. Thompson went 2 for 4, McGee went 2 for 3, and DeWulf and Jack Landquist had doubles to pace Nevis' seven-hit attack.
Tate Usher and Bjorn Jorgenson earned medalist honors in leading the Park Rapids boys golf team to a pair of wins in a Northern Pines Conference meet at Blueberry Pines Thursday. Usher carded a 1-over par 37 on the front side as the Panthers led the 10-team field with a four-golfer score of 178 while Jorgenson carded a 40 on the back side as Park Rapids fired a 176 to win for the third time in four 9-hole conference meets this spring.
Detroit Lakes used two late rallies to sweep a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader at Park Rapids Thursday. The Lakers overcame a 3-0 deficit in the first game by scoring twice in the sixth inning, twice in the seventh inning and seven times in the eighth inning in an 11-4 victory. In the second game, Park Rapids jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Lakers followed a three-run fourth inning with a walk-off run in the bottom of the fifth to complete the sweep with a 6-5 victory in a game that was called after five innings because of darkness.
The Park Rapids girls golf team expanded its Northern Pines Conference lead by winning both meets at Blueberry Pines Thursday. Olivia Wallace, Olivia McDonald and Madison Johnson all carded 51s on the front side in leading the Panthers to a three-golfer score of 153 to top the 11-team field. Chloe Johnson and Olivia Ulvin added 54s while Kinley Nordin carded a 59 on the par-36 course for the Panthers. Bigfork's Julia Wick earned medalist honors with a 50 while Pine River-Backus was second in the team standings with a 160.
Both Park Rapids track and field teams received a glimpse of some of the competition for the upcoming Section 8AA True Team meet during Thursday's Eagles/Craig Fredrickson Memorial Invitational at Detroit Lakes.
The Menahga baseball team remained winless on the season following Park Region Conference losses to Parkers Prairie, Wadena-Deer Creek and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale. Hunter Haggenmiller threw a no-hitter in leading Parkers Prairie to a 14-0 five-inning victory on April 27. Eddie Salmen started and took the loss for Menahga as four errors led to eight unearned runs.
Kaisa Coborn hit a pair of home runs to spark the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep at Aitkin Tuesday. Coborn hit a solo homer and went 2 for 3 with three runs scored and combined with Rilee Michaelson on a two-hitter as the Panthers won the opener 12-1 in five innings. Coborn, Michaelson and Tara Johanning hit home runs in the second game as Park Rapids completed the sweep with a 16-0 win in four innings.
Cameron Hoyt led off with a single and scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Park Rapids baseball team an 8-7 win over Aitkin in the Mid-State Conference opener for both teams Tuesday at the Area High School field. After Aitkin scored a run in the first, the Panthers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on singles by Tristin Persons, Jason Haas and Zach Hocking. The Gobblers took a 6-2 lead by scoring five times in the second behind four walks, an error, a hit batter, a two-run double by Zak Peterson and an RBI single by Darek Rono.