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Runners and walkers can begin the Fourth of July festivities by entering the 40th annual Firecracker Footrace on Wednesday, July 4.
The Park Rapids Clay Dusters trap-shooting team relied on depth to qualify for the Minnesota State High School League State Tournament for the third year in a row.
Park Rapids' Austin Carlson and Isaac Overmyer capped off the season by earning medals for the University of Minnesota Duluth at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 12.
Park Rapids' Mady Vaudrin concluded her collegiate track and field career by competing in the javelin at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships at Winona's Paul Giel Field on May 12. The senior at Minnesota State University Moorhead finished 13th out of 26 competitors with a throw of 105 feet, 2 inches. Taylor Jaresh of Winona State won the conference title with a distance of 143-2.
A dramatic ninth-inning rally kept the Park Rapids Esox atop the Lake and Pine League amateur baseball standings. David Dirks' two-out single scored Riley Massie with the winning run as the Esox edged Midway 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Park Rapids in a battle of two of the best teams in the league.
Seven area runners competed in Saturday's 42nd annual Duluth Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Shannon Hogan, 31, of Park Rapids finished the 26.2-mile course from Two Harbors to Duluth in 4 hours, 12 minutes, 46 seconds to finish No. 3,069 out of 6,094 runners who completed the course and No. 1,101 out of 2,769 females. Rebecca Penning, 28, of Park Rapids clocked a 4:44.41 to finish No. 4,366 overall and No. 1,771 in the female division. Brad Eischens, 22, of Osage finished No. 2,498 out of 3,325 male runners and No. 4,166 overall with a time of 4:39:55.
A pair of three-run first innings sparked the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team to a pair of wins over Walker/Nevis June 13 at the Area High School field. Gabe Bagstad and Zach Severtson combined on a nine-hitter as the Legion won the first seven-inning game 10-7. Brendan Kruchowski threw a six-hitter in leading Post 212 to a 7-2 five-inning victory in the second game.
Nevis head coach Jen McNamee expected Zach Henry to bring home a medal from the state Class A boys track and field meet. Despite entering Friday's preliminaries of the state meet at Hamline University in St. Paul as the No. 16 seed in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash, McNamee was confident Henry would make the finals in at least one event. The Nevis senior sprinter fulfilled that goal by placing eighth in the 200 dash in 22.78 to earn 2 points and a medal in his final high school race.
Braham capitalized on six walks and four errors to rally from a 4-0 deficit to eliminate Nevis from the Section 5A baseball playoffs with an 8-4 win June 4 at Pierz. The Tigers, who were the No. 1 seed in the West half of the section, took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Luke DeWulf's two-run single and RBIs by Dillon McGee and Jack Landquist gave Nevis the early lead. Jack DeWulf, Luke DeWulf, Adam Thompson and Shep Davis scored the Tigers' four runs.
Olivia Wallace and Bjorn Jorgenson were in contention to earn trips to the state Class AA golf tournament after Monday’s first 18-hole round of the Section 8AA tournament at the Bemidji Town & Country Club. The second 18 holes didn’t go as well for the two Park Rapids golfers. Wallace ended up finishing 11th overall in the girls tournament with rounds of 83 and 92 for a 175. That was three shots back from a state berth.