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The top scorer in boys hockey history and one of the top distance runners in school history received top honors at Wednesday's 35th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet. Sam Coborn and Lydia Lutz were named the 2012 Male and Female Student Athletes while Forrest Drury was named the 2012 Outstanding Male Athlete and Summer Ellefson and Shelby Pierce shared the 2012 Outstanding Female Athlete award. In addition, Leo Jacobson and the 1970 wrestling team featuring Mark Costello, Tom Henry, Dick Pike, Joe Safratowich and John Siegel were inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Lutz
Shania Johnson drove in five runs with a pair of triples to spark a 16-hit attack as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team outslugged Menahga for a 13-10 victory Thursday at the Area High School field. Menahga jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Joy Haataja singled and scored in the first before a single by Samantha Acuff, an error, a sacrifice fly by Bradi Carlson and an RBI single by Beth Tormanen led to two runs in the second. Park Rapids tied the game by scoring once in the second and twice in the third.
Levi Erickson went 4 for 4, scored three runs and drove in a pair and Jordan Eischens hit a two-run home run to offset a pair of homers by Isaiah Greene as the Park Rapids baseball team defeated Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 10-6 Thursday at Dilworth. A double by Erickson, an RBI single by Drew Bade and Eischens' first homer of the season gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead in the second inning. Sam Coborn reached on an error and scored on Erickson's RBI double as the Panthers led 4-1 in the third. After the Rebels took a 6-4 lead by scoring four times in the fourth, Coborn singled and Chris Goplerud
Several Park Rapids runners competed in Saturday's Fargo Marathon. There were 20 runners who completed the 13.1-mile half marathon course. In the men's division, John Puckropp (age 50) finished in 1:36:59, Ed Waggoner (age 42) finished in 1:40:53, Josh Galzki (age 33) finished in 1:43:41, Duane Wallace (age 51) finished in 1:58:46, Brian Behrens (age 41) finished in 1:58.47, Donald Black (age 47) finished in 2:14:09, Paul Laturnus (age 33) finished in 2:36:28 and Gary Korsgaden (age 58) finished in 2:38:50. In the women's division, Lisa Frame-Koppelman (age 39) finished in 1:37:14, Kerry
Katie Kristofferson and Mariena Dearstyne earned all-conference honors in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to the Northern Pines Conference title. Dearstyne carded a 42 and Kristofferson carded a 47 as the Panthers won the final conference meet at Castle Highlands last Tuesday with a 141. Alyza Edevold's 53 rounded out Park Rapids' team score. Park Rapids finished first in four of the five conference meets and averaged a 146.2 to claim the conference title. In the five conference meets, Kristofferson led the way with 217 strokes while Dearstyne was third with 227 strokes.
Another outstanding group of senior athletes will be honored at the 35th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet Wednesday night at the Area High School Gymnasium. One of the highlights of the evening will be the announcement of the 2012 Female Student Athlete and Male Student Athlete. The 2012 Outstanding Male Athlete and Outstanding Female Athlete will also be announced.
Belting out 44 hits sparked a three-game winning streak as the Park Rapids baseball team climbed above the .500 mark. A 13-hit attack led the Panthers to a 4-3 win in nine innings over Thief River Falls in a Section 8AA battle Tuesday at the Area High School field. Prior to that game, the Panthers used 31 hits to sweep a Mid-State Conference doubleheader at Crosby-Ironton on Monday.
Defeating Wadena-Deer Creek and Perham twice during the regular season gave the Park Rapids boys tennis team the No. 6 seed for the Section 8A tournament. The Panthers open section play at No. 3 Staples-Motley Monday afternoon at 4:30. Monday's other first-round matches pit No. 1 Thief River Falls against No. 8 W-DC, No. 2 Crookston against No. 7 Perham, and No. 4 East Grand Forks against No. 5 Detroit Lakes. The section semifinals and finals will be played at Crookston Tuesday. The section individual tournament will also begin Tuesday. In doubles, Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen are the No.
Detroit Lakes used four rounds in the 70s to win the Mid-State Conference boys golf title for the 19th year in a row. Tanner Schnathorst (71), Karter Smith (72), Tyler Baukol (74) and Ben Malow (77) all earned all-conference honors in leading the Lakers to a 294 team score at Whitefish Golf Course Monday. Staples-Motley finished second with a 309 while Park Rapids was fifth with a 345. Staples-Motley's Nick Forsberg earned medalist honors with a 70.
A sweep over Crosby-Ironton Monday helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team lock up third place in the Mid-State Conference standings. The Panthers ended conference play with a 7-5 record after defeating C-I 12-1 in five innings and 7-2. Pequot Lakes won the conference title with a 12-0 record while Detroit Lakes finished second at 8-4. The Rangers finished at 0-12 and extended their conference losing streak to 60 games in a row.