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Jeremy Nordick has been selected as the new Activities Director at Park Rapids Area Schools, replacing John Schumacher.
Jen McNamee inherits several talented athletes as the new head coach of the Nevis boys and girls track and field teams. McNamee served as a volunteer coach for the Tigers the last three seasons and was the assistant cross-country coach this past fall. McNamee also served as the head track coach for United North Central in 2000 and 2001. "I am most excited about working with a great group of student-athletes," said McNamee. "I love the sport of track and enjoy watching so many athletes improve individually each meet."
Getting past Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the Section 8AA tournament is the main challenge for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team again this season. D-G-F has eliminated the Panthers from the section playoffs the last two seasons. Losing to D-G-F 4-1 and 2-1 in the tournament ended a 23-3 season two years ago while dropping two more playoff games to the Rebels by scores of 11-3 and 5-2 ended a 23-2 campaign last spring. Head coach Marion Goeden is counting on a veteran team to end that trend this spring.
With the return of five veteran seniors, head coach Scott Kramer expected another successful season from the Nevis boys basketball team. Those seniors didn't disappoint as the Tigers finished second in the Northland Conference standings with an 11-3 record, climbed as high as No. 4 in the state Class A poll and ended the season with a 23-6 overall mark after falling to Cromwell-Wright in the Section 5A North title game.
Led by a winning effort in the 4 x 800-meter relay and a runner-up showing in the 4 x 400 relay, the Park Rapids girls track and field team claimed runner-up honors at Tuesday's Beaver Relays at the Gillett Fitness Center at Bemidji State University.
Head coach Corey Hill is hoping not being the defending Section 8A champs will provide added incentive for the Park Rapids girls track and field team this spring. The Panthers saw their seven-year streak of winning the section title snapped by less than a point when Pelican Rapids dethroned the defending champs with 82.50 points at last spring's Section 8A meet. Park Rapids just missed winning another section title with 82 points.
With an experienced nucleus returning, Cody Pulju expected a successful season from the Menahga girls basketball team. The Braves lived up to those expectations by going undefeated during the regular season, winning the Section 5A title and advancing to the state Class A tournament for the first time in school history in finishing with a 30-2 overall record.
United North Central's Ethan Hendrickson and Torrey Carlson captured titles at the Northland Youth Wrestling Association State Tournament. Hendrickson won the 90-pound title in the grade 7-8 division while Carlson claimed the 150-pound title in the grade 7-8 invitational division. The state tournament started Thursday and concluded Sunday at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center.
Andrew Lachowitzer is hoping increased numbers will lead to increased success for the Park Rapids boys track and field team. The Panthers' head coach saw 49 athletes report for the first week of practice. Of that total, 14 competed at the Section 8A meet last season while another 10 helped Park Rapids win the Subsection 8-29A title a year ago.
Senior forward Jaiden McCollum, junior guards Kaisa Coborn and Kendra Coborn, and sophomore center Rilee Michaelson were instrumental in leading the Park Rapids girls basketball team to its best Mid-State Conference finish in 12 seasons. Those four led the way as the Panthers went 7-3 in conference play to finish second behind Pequot Lakes' 8-2 record. That was Park Rapids' best showing in Mid-State action since finishing second with an 8-2 record in 2005-06.