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Bailey Mueller, Jamie Stewart, Ryan DeLaHunt and Dustin Bethel carded their best rounds of the season as the Park Rapids boys golf team carded a season-best 335 at Friday's Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Country Club. Mueller's 81, Stewart's 83, DeLaHunt's 84 and Bethel's 87 led the Panthers to seventh place in this 21-team field. United North Central finished 10th with a 344 behind Lane Hillukka's 83, a pair of 86s by Noah Hendrickson and Luke Wurdock, and an 89 by Brad Johnson. Matt Halik's 79 led Nevis to a 347 and 11th place.
Two winning efforts in the distance relays and Megan Grimes' first-place showing in the high jump led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to fourth place at Thursday's Craig Fredrickson Invitational at Detroit Lakes. Grimes cleared 5 feet, 4 inches to take first in the high jump; Grimes, Summer Ellefson, Grace Bateman and Shelby Pierce won the 4 x 400-meter relay in 4:05.58; and Ellefson, Megan Olson, Lora Remus and Heidi Lageson won the 4 x 800 relay in 10:00.18 as the Panthers compiled 82.50 points.
Katie Smith earned medalist honors with a 71 in leading the Detroit Lakes girls golf team to the team title with a 317 at Thursday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational. Mariena Dearstyne's 89, Katie Kristofferson's 90, Hannah Williams' 93 and Katie Walsh's 110 led Park Rapids to eighth place with a 382. Tasha Maninga shot a 90 and Ally Ohlgren carded a 112 for United North Central. Team scores: Detroit Lakes 317, Pequot Lakes 334, Alexandria 335, Staples-Motley 361, Brainerd 366, Pelican Rapids 366, Fergus Falls 379, Park Rapids 382, Moorhead 393, Wadena-Deer Creek 398, Barnesville 436, Crosb
Kate Smith carded an even-par 72 to lead Detroit Lakes to the team title with a 311 at Monday's Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Golf Club. The Lakers had all six girls card rounds under 88 to lead the 16-team field.
A team that just missed winning a state title and a coach who led Park Rapids to its only team state title will be the newest members inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame at the All Sports Banquet on May 23 will be the 1970 Park Rapids wrestling team, which finished second at the state tournament, and Leo Jacobson, who led the Park Rapids boys track and field team to the state Class A title in 1996. In 1970, Mark Costello, John Siegal, Joe Safratowich, Dick Pike and Tom Henry qualified for the state tournament as region champs and combined t
The Park Rapids girls track and field team took first in three of four relays Tuesday to win its fourth title in five outdoor meets. Corey Hill's team won one other event and used six runner-up performances to top the 15-team field at the Crookston VFW Invitational with 118 points.
Katie Kristofferson earned medalist honors with a 41 in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to a first-place finish at Tuesday's Northern Pines Conference meet at Blackduck. Mariena Dearstyne's 48 and 56s by Riley Kimball and Dana McDonald rounded out the Panthers' three-player team score of 145. Nevis earned runner-up honors with a 159 behind McKenzie Harris' 51, Kara Rich's 53 and Allyson Snyder's 55. Team scores: Park Rapids 145, Nevis 159, Red Lake 182, Blackduck 182, Northome/Kelliher 196.
Michael Strain and Nick Forsberg carded rounds of 2-under 70 as Staples-Motley dominated the first Mid-Minnesota Conference boys golf meet at Blueberry Pines Friday. The Cardinals carded a five-player team score of 376 and earned 56 points in the first conference meet of the season. United North Central finished third with a 450 and 31.50 points, Park Rapids was fourth with a 457 and 29 points and Nevis took sixth with a 489 and 20 points. Bailey Mueller shot an 87 to finish third at the No. 2 player position while Dustin Bethel (at the No. 4 spot) and Jamie Stewart (at the No.
Lydia Lutz excelled at the Hamline Elite Meet Friday by breaking the school record in the 3,200-meter run for the second time in a week. Lutz, who broke Tammy McGrane's 1978 school record of 11:29.09 with an 11:15.90 last Tuesday, dropped that time to an 11:10.56 to finish seventh at Hamline on Friday. "Lydia broke the school record again," said Park Rapids head coach Corey Hill. "We couldn't be happier for her." Alexandria's Jamie Piepenburg led the field with a 10:28.46.
Drew Bade and Tyler McCollum combined on a six-hitter to lead the Park Rapids baseball team to a 6-4 win over Wadena-Deer Creek in the first game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Friday at the Area High School field. W-DC salvaged the split by holding the Panthers to six hits in a 6-2 win in the second game. In the opener, a three-run sixth inning sparked the Panthers to the win. After the Wolverines scored twice in the first, the Panthers tied the game in the second on a single and stolen base by Jordan Eischens, an RBI single by Bade and an RBI single by Zach Eystad. Chris Gopl