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Area High School Roundup: Kelliher-Northome, Blackduck softball teams battle to final out in doubleheader

KELLIHER -- Neighborhood rivals Kelliher-Northome and Blackduck battled to the bitter end in both games of a doubleheader last week and the result was a split. The Mustangs rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim the opener 7-6 but Blackduck returned the favor in the nightcap, plating a pair in the game's last at-bat to take the rematch 17-16.

"It was a great night of games, even though it rained for all of the second game," said K-N coach Matt Hanson.

Following that split Kelliher-Northome won three of its next four games. The Mustangs thumped Red Lake County Central 10-5 and Indus 12-6 and edged Laporte 12-11. On Tuesday they fell 13-3 to Pine River.

On Wednesday K-N (8-4) was scheduled to face Cass Lake-Bena in a make-up contest.

Blackduck is 10-4-1 after tying Laporte 5-5 in eight innings and tripping Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 9-5.

Bagley dipped to 3-13 after dropping four of six games in the past week. After sweeping Lake Park-Audubon 6-3 and 15-5 the Flyers fell 29-4 to Park Rapids, 3-2 to Carlton, 18-3 to Deer River and 9-2 to Hill City.

They are scheduled to end their season Friday against East Polk.

Cass Lake-Bena stopped Red Lake 12-10 on Monday but lost 25-2 to WHA and 14-13 to Remer on Tuesday. The Panthers ended their regular season Wednesday at Kelliher-Northome.

Red Lake is 0-7 and ends its regular season today against Laporte. The Wildcats will conclude their campaign Saturday at Lake of the Woods.

Section seeding

The Section 8A coaches will learn their playoff seeding positions later this week and, based on the current QRF ratings, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River should earn the top spot in the North Sub-Section and Norman County East should rule the roost in the South.

BGMR has a QRF of 59.1 and Red Lake Falls is a distant second with 38.1 Completing the current QRF standings in the North Sub-Section are Blackduck (32.5), Lake of the Woods (31.9), Kelliher-Northome (31.5), RLCC (23.1), Red Lake (10.9) and Indus (8.5).

The South Sub-Section QRF standings as of Wednesday saw NCE on top with 51.3. Norman County was second (39.5) and was followed by Sacred Heart (35.7), Fertile-Beltrami (28.2), Laporte (22.2), Bagley (19.7) and Cass Lake-Bena (13.5).

"Seeding for Section 8 is set to happen after Thursday's games, unless that changes due to the weather," Hanson said. "I'm pushing for the section to wait until after Friday's games for seeding. But we'll have to see."

WHA leads baseball seeding

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley enters the stretch run as the top team in the Section 8A East QRF ratings as the Wolves own a 34.1 mark. Bagley is second (29.7) and trailing the Flyers are Northland-Remer (26.0), Blackduck (21.4), Laporte (16.6), Lake of the Woods (15.5), Cass Lake-Bena (14.2), Northome-Kelliher (14.1) and Red Lake (9.7).

Red Lake County owns the top spot in 8A West with a QRF of 43.3.

After falling 2-0 to Lake Park-Audubon last week, Bagley takes a 6-4 record into today's home games against Cass Lake-Bena and Blackduck. On Monday the Flyers will visit Roseau.

Two-time defending Section 8A champion Blackduck is 8-5 after last week's 16-8 win at Northome-Kelliher. Today the Drakes will face Bagley and on Tuesday they will host WHA.

Laporte was 2-6 prior to Wednesday's home doubleheader with Pine River. On Friday the Wildcats will visit WHA and on Saturday they will entertain Lake of the Woods in a twinbill.

Cass Lake-Bena has been hampered by the weather and the Panthers were 1-6 prior to Wednesday's doubleheader against Northome-Kelliher (2-9). The Mustangs will also be in action Friday at Littlefork.

Red Lake will continue its search for its initial victory today when it visits Lake of the Woods for two games. The Warriors are 0-6 and, similar to Cass Lake-Bena, has lost games to the weather.

Track and Field

Northome-Kelliher-Blackduck athletes fared very well in their conference track and field meets held last week in Walker as the Bulldogs claimed five individual championships and also won three relay races. Overall, 12 Bulldogs captured all-conference honors by placing in the top three in the individual events or winning a relay.

In the team competition NKB was third in the girls division and second in the boys competition.

Pacing the girls was Christina Grundmeier who won the 200 and triple jump and also was a member of the winning 4x800 and 4x400 relays.

Joining her in the 4x800 were Lindsey Duresky, Paula Pearsall and Kristi Mills and the foursome teamed for a time of 10:58.12.

The 4x400 team included Duresky, Rachel Fahey, Mills and Grundmeier and the group won the race by 13 seconds.

Also earning all-conference honors for the Bulldog girls was Mills who won the 800 and Deja Palmer who was second in the event, Fahey who was second in the discus and Pearsall who was third in the 3200.

The NKB boys won the 4x800 as Cody Rankin, Adnew Steuven, Giizhik Wagner and Matt Jourdan teamed for a season-best time of 9:12.20.

Adams also won the 110 hurdles, setting a Bulldog record with a time of 16.74. The previous standard was established by Roy Tuff of Blackduck in 1980. Adams also captured the 300 hurdles with a season-best time of 46.11.

Cal Roosdett earned all-conference honors by placing second in the 100 and Steuven duplicated that performance with a runner-up finish in the 1600. Jourdan also was all-conference in the 400 with a third-place finish and teamed with Wagner for a 2-3 placement in the 3200.

NKB's all-conference performances in the field events included Rankin's second in the long jump and Adams' third in the triple jump.

Just missing out on an all-conference medal was the 4x100 relay team of Rankin, Adams, Eli Rahier and Roosdett which set a school record of 48.18 and finished second.

The Bagley-Fosston boys won the Pine to Prairie Conference meet while the girls were second.

Among the top boys performances were Hunter Stai's second in the 3200, Walker Cage's victory in the 400 and the winning efforts of the 4x800, 4x400 and 4x200 relays. Bagley-Fosston's other event winner was Logan Thorson who captured the 100 and 200.

Bagley-Fosston's winners in the girls division included Gina Balstad in the pole vault, Jaelen Moen in the 3200, Jennifer Albright in the triple jump and Abby Swanson in the 100. The Flyers also claimed the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Pine to Prairie Track Meet

Girls Division

Ada-Borup 224, Bagley-Fosston 163.50, Fertile-Beltrami 72.5, Park Christian 69.5, RLC 51.5, Mahnomen 36, Climax-Fisher 34, Lake Park-Audubon 33.5

Bagley-Fosston's Top Results

4x100: 1-BF (Balstad, George, Zeirmeier, Swanson) 53.55

4x200: 1-BF (Balstad, Olson, George, Merschman) 1;51.94

Pole vault: 1-Balstad 8-6; 3-Swanson 7-6

3200: 1-Moen 12:26.16

Triple jump: 1-Albright 31-10.5

100: 1-Swanson 12.83; 3-Olson 13.37

200: 2-Merschman 27.53; 3-Olson 28.17

4x800: 2-BF (Curfman, Swanson, Moen, Nelson) 11:28.71

High jump: 2-Olson 5-1

400: 3-Merschman 62.90

100 hurdles: 3-Albright 17.52

Boys Division

Bagley-Fosston 150, Park Christian 110, Ada-Borup 105.50, Mahnomen 93.5, Fertile-Beltrami 93, RLC 57, Lake Park-Audubon 46, Climax-Fisher 34

Bagley-Fosston's Top Results

100: 1-Thorson 11.0; 2-Jackson 11.02

200: 1-Thorson 23.17; 2-Jackson 23.5

400: 1-Cage 54.60

4x200: 1-BF (Peterson, Cage, Jackson, Thorson) 1:37.4

4x400: 1-BF (Fultz, Nelson, Larson, Cage) 3:48.82

4x800: 1-BF (Fultz, BEckstrand, Nelson, Larson) 9:22.83

800: 2-Larson 2:14.65

3200: 2-Stai 11:3.4

High jump: 2-Nelson 5-7

Triple jump: 3-Larson 36-10

300 hurdles: 3-Bode 46

Pole vault: 3-Olson 9-0

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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