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Eight members of the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams earned all-conference honors with winning efforts at Tuesday's Mid-State Conference meet at Staples. Summer Ellefson, Lydia Lutz and Shelby Pierce claimed individual titles and joined Lora Remus on the winning 4 x 800-meter relay team as the Panthers finished second in the girls meet. Lutz won the 1,600 run in 5:32.70, Ellefson won the 400 dash in 1:01.34 and Pierce won the 800 run in 2:25.58. Those three joined Remus in the 4 x 800 relay, which led the field with a winning time of 9:52.20.
For the third time this season, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team rebounded from a late-inning loss to earn a split in a doubleheader. Thief River Falls scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 7-6 win in the first game Tuesday at Thief River Falls. The Panthers rebounded from that loss to salvage a split with a 6-4 win in the second game. In the opener, doubles by Ashley Domino and Bailee Jerger gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Thief River Falls carried a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning when the Panthers reclaimed the lead by scoring f
The Park Rapids boys tennis team closed out the regular season with a pair of 6-1 losses to Crookston and East Grand Forks at Crookston Tuesday. Alex Renner prevailed in straight sets at No. 1 singles for the Panthers' only win against Crookston. In the dual against East Grand Forks, Iain Wallace and Zack Tretbar won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles for Park Rapids' only victory. Renner lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles. Jeff Renner's team ended the regular season with a 2-12 record in dual meets. The Panthers, who received the No.
Thief River Falls scored three times in the fifth and three times in the sixth to rally for a 6-4 win over the Park Rapids baseball team Tuesday at Thief River Falls. Doubles by Levi Erickson, Cory Odland and Christian Ridlon and an RBI single by Ryan Peterson gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead in the first inning. A double by Jordan Eischens and an RBI single by Zach Eystad pushed the Panthers' lead to 4-0 in the fourth. After the Prowlers cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth, Reed Helling's bases-clearing triple with two outs in the sixth gave Thief River Falls the lead. Singles by Eystad,
Another talented group of senior athletes will be honored at the 34th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet next Wednesday night (May 25) at the Area High School gym. One of the main highlights of the evening will be the naming of the 2011 Female Student Athlete and Male Student Athlete and the 2011 Outstanding Male Athlete and Outstanding Female Athlete.
Failing to produce the clutch hit cost the Park Rapids baseball team in two close games at Friday's Park Rapids Invitational. The Panthers stranded three runners on second and one runner on third in a 4-2 loss to Hawley in the first game. In the second game, the Panthers stranded six runners on second and two runners on third in a 4-3 eight-inning loss to Frazee. Dustin Martine threw a six-hitter against Hawley, but didn't get any run support until the seventh inning.
Alex Renner tied for first place at No. 1 singles to lead the Park Rapids boys tennis team at Thursday's Mid-State Conference tournament at the Depot Courts and Century School courts. Renner, the No. 2 seed, defeated Perham's Jordan Cresap, lost to Staples-Motley's Tom Zoellner and defeated Detroit Lakes' Jesse Meyer to share first place in this round-robin format. Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen finished third at No. 1 doubles while Matt Sullivan took fourth at No. 4 singles. Chris Shaw (at No. 2 singles), Jeff Dickinson (at No. 3 singles), Calvin Bateman and Steven Osterman (at No.
Combining 19 walks with 29 hits helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team extend its winning streak with a doubleheader sweep at Pelican Rapids Thursday. The Panthers belted out 13 hits and drew 13 walks en route to a 21-3 six-inning victory in the first game. Park Rapids completed the sweep as 16 hits and six walks led to a 13-5 win in the second game. In the opener, the Panthers scored 11 runs in the first inning and 10 runs in the sixth inning for the win. Katie Just had an RBI single and two-run single while Alyssa Carlson had a pair of RBI singles in the 11-run first inning.
Ian Johnson's 87 led the Park Rapids boys golf team to eighth place at Wednesday's Crosby-Ironton/Pequot Lakes Invitational at Deacon's Lodge. Dustin Bethel's 89, Ed Carlson's 90 and Jeff Jacobson's 94 rounded out the Panthers' 360 team score. Frank Moren's 89, Ty Meech's 93, Lane Hillukka's 96 and Noah Hendrickson's 97 led United North Central to 10th place with a 374. Nevis finished 11th with a 380 behind Kyle Magnuson's 86, Daniel Stacey's 96, Matt Halik's 98 and AJ Pappas' 100.
Park Rapids' first baseball coach and Park Rapids' first female to qualify for state in three different sports will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame during this year's All Sports Banquet on May 25 at the Area High School gym. Don (Mac) McDowell and Allison (Reich) Kallevig will be the 12th and 13th members of the Hall of Fame.