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Jeff Renner changed his lineup and it resulted in the first win of the season for the Park Rapids boys tennis team. Scott Smith's three-set win at No. 1 singles was the deciding match as the Panthers edged Wadena-Deer Creek 4-3 in a Mid-State Conference dual Thursday at Wadena. Calvin Bateman prevailed in straight sets at No. 4 singles, Jeff Dickinson and Jaden Olson posted a straight-set win at No. 2 doubles, and Iain Wallace and Jackson Kimball lost only one game in a straight-set win at No.
Increasing numbers helped increase the success for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team. The Panthers increased their numbers to 35 and 28 of those placed in a varsity meet during the season.
Taking first in nine events and having at least three individuals place in seven different running events sparked the Park Rapids girls track and field team to the title at Tuesday's Park Rapids Lions Invitational at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers, who were coming off a first-place finish at Perham, dominated the running events in compiling 219.50 points to top the eight-team field in their home debut.
Taking first place in six events and scoring points in the other 12 events led the Park Rapids boys track and field team to a first-place finish at Tuesday's Park Rapids Lions Invitational at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers used a balanced attack to compile 172 points to lead the seven-team field in their home debut.
A pair of 81s by Ian Johnson and Bailey Mueller led the Park Rapids boys golf team to a 339 team score and ninth-place finish in the season-opening Detroit Lakes Invitational at Wildflower Tuesday. Jamie Stewart's 87 and Wyatt Derman's 90 rounded out the Panthers' team score while Ryan DeLaHunt's 91 and Dustin Bethel's 92 rounded out the Panthers' lineup. Nick Forsberg earned medalist honors with a 73 in leading Staples-Motley to the team title with a 309.
East Grand Forks prevailed in three close matches to seal a 7-0 win over the Park Rapids boys tennis team in a Section 8A match Tuesday afternoon at East Grand Forks. Nick Lopez lost a second-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles, Jeff Dickinson dropped a close first set at No. 4 singles, and Josh Johnson and Jaden Olson dropped a second-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles to lead the Panthers. The loss dropped Park Rapids to 0-4 in dual meets this season while East Grand Forks evened its record at 1-1. East Grand Forks 7, Park Rapids 0 No.
Nick Lopez's runner-up finish at No. 4 singles led the Park Rapids boys tennis team to a seventh-place finish at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. The Panthers added three sixth-place finishes by Mitch Fossen and Scott Smith at No. 1 doubles, Josh Johnson and Jaden Olson at No. 2 doubles, and Iain Wallace and Jackson Kimball at No. 3 doubles. Park Rapids tallied 7 points in this eight-team meet.
The Park Rapids girls track and field team won 10 events and ran away with the title at Friday's Perham Invitational. The Panthers swept all four relays en route to compiling 177 points in the seven-team girls meet. In the boys meet, Austin Carlson won the 400-meter dash as the Panthers finished third out of nine teams with 76 points.
A pair of four-run innings led the Park Rapids baseball team to a pair of victories at the 17th annual Park Rapids Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Panthers scored four times in the fourth inning to spark a 5-2 win over Hawley in the first game Friday night.
For the eighth time in 15 tries, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team captured the title at its own tournament. The Panthers defeated Perham 16-5 in five innings, Bagley 11-3 and Norman County West 7-0 Saturday at Olson Fields to win the tournament title for the first time since 2007. Bagley defeated Pine River-Backus 7-1 for third place, Perham defeated East Grand Forks 4-3 for fifth place and Crookston defeated Nevis 8-6 for seventh place in this eight-team tournament. The three wins lifted Park Rapids to 4-0 on the season entering Thursday's home game with Perham. Panthers defeat