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Two athletes who went on to play at the NCAA Division I level will become the newest members of the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Tyler Lehrke and Janessa (Wolff) Green, who were outstanding high school athletes at Park Rapids before moving on to compete at the collegiate level, will be inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame during the 40th annual All-Sports Banquet on Wednesday, May 24.
The return of 11 letterwinners and the addition of several promising athletes have head coach Ed Heltunen expecting a successful season from the Nevis boys and girls track and field teams.
Another offensive explosion led to another easy win for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. The Panthers pounded out 17 hits and used a 13-run first inning to power past Pelican Rapids 21-1 in four innings Tuesday at Pelican Rapids.
Head coach Tom Smith is counting on hard work during practice to translate into success during meets for the United North Central boys and girls track and field teams. Being counted on to lead the Warriors this season are the nine returning letterwinners: senior Jake Clements (pole vault, sprints) and Anna Olson (distances); junior Kaylee Eckman (hurdles, high jump); sophomores Annika Aho (pole vault, 1,600), Rachel Cross (3,200), Chelsey Koebernick (shot put, discus), Madison Weaver (sprints) and Blake Schoon (pole vault, sprints); and freshman Annie Lake (pole vault, 400, 800).
Tate Usher earned medalist honors with a 4-over par 40 as the Park Rapids boys golf team led the field at Tuesday's Northern Pines Conference meet at Walker's Tianna Country Club. Bjorn Jorgenson finished third with a 44, Jacob Bittmann carded a 46, and Jackson Leckner and Justin Dravis carded 50s as the Panthers finished with a four-golfer score of 180 to take first for the third time in three conference meets. Luke Kosel carded a 52 to round out Park Rapids' lineup.
New York Mills' 5-2 win at Menahga Friday created a three-way tie for first place in the Park Region Conference baseball standings. New York Mills, Menahga and Parkers Prairie are all 4-1 and tied atop the conference standings. The Braves fell to 6-2 overall after seeing their four-game winning streak snapped. Menahga defeated Sebeka 7-3 Thursday in a conference make-up game as Charlie Steidler-Thompson went 3 for 3 to pace the Braves' seven-hit attack.
The Nevis baseball team belted out 28 hits and scored 18 runs to defeat Bagley 8-7 Friday and Isle 10-3 Saturday at the Nevis tournament. Bagley led 6-2 before the Tigers scored four times in the fourth to tie the game and twice in the seventh to pull off the win.
The 4 x 800-meter relay team for the Park Rapids boys track team remained undefeated on the season while Paige Johnson and Jaiden McCollum turned in winning performances in the field events for the Park Rapids girls at Friday's Anderson-Cole Invitational at Perham. Seth Breitweser, Bryce James, Jack Christenson and Adam Jacobi won the 4 x 800 relay in 8:45.50 as the Panthers finished fifth in the team standings with 53.50 points. Perham took first in the nine-team field with 191 points.
A dynamic offense along with overpowering pitching performances powered the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to the title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational at Olson Fields. The Panthers outscored their three opponents 38-2 to win the tournament title for the fifth year in a row and the 12th time overall. In the three games, the Panthers had 37 hits and drew 14 walks while taking advantage of nine errors offensively while the pitching staff allowed 10 hits and 11 walks while recording 30 strikeouts.
Tim Wurdock is counting on both United North Central golf teams to be competitive in Northern Pines Conference play this spring. Last season, the Warriors entered the Northern Pines Conference on probationary status and weren't able to compete for all-conference honors. This season, Wurdock expects both the UNC boys and girls teams to compete for top team and individual honors in conference play.