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After graduating two players who scored more than 1,000 points, Jeremy Nordick was looking for two players to take over the scoring role for the Menahga boys basketball team this season. Senior Markus Tolkkinen and junior Tanner Schwartz stepped up to the challenge. The Braves had to replace the scoring punch of Tom Gruchow and Kasey Tyge, who both surpassed 1,000 career points last season.
Clutch hitting and a solid pitching performance helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball open the season with a victory Thursday afternoon. Two-out, two-run singles by Katelyn Hilmanowski and Ashley Thelen sparked the offense and backed Olivia Vaadeland's eight-strikeout performance as the Panthers defeated Bagley 6-4 at the Area High School field. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a walk to Lexi Burlingame and an RBI double by Lauren Naeve. In the third, a single by Hilmanowski, a wild pitch and a two-out RBI single by Vaadeland gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Naeve
Jeff Renner is expecting more success from the Park Rapids boys tennis team this season. Last year, the Panthers finished 2-13 in dual meets. Of the 13 losses, four were by 7-0 margins, five were by 6-1 margins and three were by 5-2 margins. The Panthers, who had only four players returning with varsity experience, went 11-7 at No. 1 singles, 5-12 at No. 2 singles, 1-16 at No. 3 singles, 3-14 at No. 4 singles, 3-14 at No. 1 doubles, 2-15 at No. 2 doubles and 2-16 at No. 3 doubles. Park Rapids entered the Section 8A tournament as the No. 8 seed and was eliminated with a 7-0 loss to No.
Zach Holman's is counting on the Park Rapids baseball team's versatility to produce a successful season. Holsman begins his first head coaching assignment after playing football, basketball and baseball at Hill City High School and playing four years of football and baseball and one year of basketball at Northwestern College in St. Paul. Last season, the Panthers averaged 4.6 runs a game while allowing 7.1 runs a game. Park Rapids scored at least 10 runs only twice while allowing at least 10 runs eight times. Offensively, the Panthers had a team batting average of .264.
Marion Goeden is hoping the Park Rapids girls fastpitch softball team can duplicate what happened last season. A year ago, the Panthers returned only four varsity players and had seven players in new positions. All that team accomplished was going 19-7 to tie the school record for wins in a season and advancing to the section championship game for only the fourth time in school history. Leading the Panthers last season were the senior trio of Alyssa Carlson, Ashley Domino and Anna Grimes.
Emily Klingenberg and the 4 x 800-meter relay team turned in winning performances in leading the Park Rapids girls track and field team to runner-up honors at Tuesday's Little Amik Invitational at Bemidji State University. Klingenberg took first in the triple jump with a distance of 31 feet, 5 inches while Shelby Pierce, Summer Ellefson, Lora Remus and Megan Olson teamed up to win the 4 x 800 relay in 10:14.50 as the Panthers compiled 68.42 points.
Before the season began, Steve Schreiber was looking for the Menahga girls basketball team to finish in the upper half in both the Park Region Conference and Section 5A West standings. The Braves fell just short of meeting those expectations by going 6-6 in conference play and 11-14 overall. Menahga got off to a fast start by opening the season with wins over Park Rapids (73-35) and Hill City (65-15) and a conference win over Verndale (66-41). After dropping a conference game to pre-season favorite Sebeka (55-47) and losing to Wadena-Deer Creek (80-59), the Braves defeated Eagle Valley (
Last season, the Park Rapids boys track and field team exceeded expectations by winning the Subsection 8-29A title for the first time since 2004, qualifying 13 individuals in 14 events and tying for eighth place at the Section 8A meet, and advancing a runner to the state Class A meet for the first time since 2002. Head coach Patrick Deegan is looking for the Panthers to surpass those accomplishments this season. The Panthers peaked at the end of the season by placing eighth at the Section 6A True Team meet with 585.50 points and finishing fourth at the Mid-State Conference meet with 54 poi
Depth was a main reason the Park Rapids girls track and field team enjoyed a very successful season last spring. Depth could be the key in leading the Panthers to an even more successful season this spring. Despite not having a senior on the roster last season, the Panthers defended the Section 6A True Team title with 902 points, finished fourth at the state Class A True Team meet with 308 points, earned runner-up honors at the Mid-State Conference meet with 114.50 points, captured the Subsection 8-29A title for the sixth year in a row with 233.33 points and repeated as the Section 8A cham
Lydia Lutz and Isaac Overmyer won the 3,200-meter races in leading the Park Rapids track teams at Tuesday's Paul Bunyan Classic at Bemidji State University. Lutz won the 3,200 race in 11:38.51 to break the meet record as the Panthers finished fourth in the girls meet with 41.50 points while Overmyer won the 3,200 race in 10:39.38 as the Panthers placed 11th in the boys meet with 23 points. A total of 22 teams competed. The Panthers ended up placing in nine events in the girls meet, which was won by Grand Rapids with 134 points.