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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tadd Usher knows what it takes to be a successful golfer. The new head coach of the Park Rapids boys golf team is counting on his experience playing competitive golf to help his golfers find success on the links. In high school, Usher qualified for the state Class A tournament twice as a member of the United North Central boys golf team.
The Park Rapids boys tennis team made its season debut with a 7-0 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Tuesday afternoon at the Depot Courts. Mitch Fossen and Scott Smith won the first set at No. 1 doubles before falling in a third-set tiebreaker while Chris Shaw forced a second-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles to lead the way for the Panthers. LPGE, which opened the season with a 7-0 loss to Foley, won the other five matches in straight sets to improve to 1-1 in duals. LPGE 7, Park Rapids 0 No. 1 singles: Laine Larson, LPGE, over Chris Shaw 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). 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.
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.
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