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Three winning efforts and five runner-up finishes led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to the title at Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational. Lydia Kantonen won the 3,200-meter run in 12:11.33 and Hannah Morgan took first in the long jump with a distance of 14 feet, 3.50 inches as the Panthers compiled 138 points to top the 10-team field. Osakis was second with 111 points while United North Central finished ninth with 21 points.
Charlie Dormanen is counting on a veteran Menahga baseball team to make another deep run in the Section 5A tournament. For the second year in a row, the Braves ended the season by winning three games during the Section 5A playoffs. Menahga entered last year's section tournament as the No. 4 seed in the West and finished the season with an 11-13 overall record. Nine players return from that team hoping to improve on last year's section seed and sixth-place finish in the Park Region Conference with a 6-8 record.
With only one senior on last year's team that finished with a 10-12 overall record, head coach Bill Dent is expecting a winning record from the Nevis baseball team this spring. The Tigers are looking to improve on last year's 8-6 record for fourth place in the Northland Conference standings and get past the first round of the Section 5A playoffs after being eliminated with an 8-0 loss to Menahga in last spring's tournament opener.
Foley won titles at No. 1 singles and No. 2 singles to capture the team title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational boys tennis tournament at the Depot Courts and Century School courts. Foley finished with 28 points to top the eight-team field. Detroit Lakes was second with 23 points and Perham took third with 22 points. Park Rapids was eighth with 2 points. Nick Porozinski and Connor Shaw finished seventh at No. 1 doubles while Gunnar Larson and Casimir Simonson finished seventh at No. 3 doubles to account for Park Rapids' two wins.
Mike Baumgartner is counting on more success from the Park Rapids boys tennis team this spring. A year ago, the Panthers went 0-13 in dual meets while posting records of 1-14 at No. 1 singles, 2-13 at No. 2 singles, 0-15 at No. 3 singles, 1-14 at No. 4 singles, 4-11 at No. 1 doubles, 1-14 at No. 2 doubles and 2-13 at No. 3 doubles.
Tristin Persons, Will Pickar and Sam Eystad turned in quality starts in pitching the Park Rapids baseball team to the title at the 22nd annual Park Rapids Tournament. Park Rapids opened with a 13-1 five-inning win over Cass Lake in Friday's quarterfinals, followed with an 8-1 win over Bagley in Saturday's semifinals and edged Frazee 1-0 in Saturday's championship game.
Falling behind 8-0 and loading the bases twice without scoring in the late innings cost the Park Rapids baseball team in an 8-4 Section 8AA loss to Perham in the season opener for both teams Tuesday at Park Rapids. Matt Benke's bases-clearing double and Josh Jeziorski's RBI single sparked a five-run third inning while Jeziorski's two-run single sparked a three-run fourth inning to give Perham the early lead.
Marion Goeden couldn't have asked for a better season opener from the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team Tuesday. Brooke Jerger allowed four hits and no walks while striking out eight and was supported by a 10-hit attack that featured a pair of home runs as the Panthers coasted to an 11-1 victory at Perham in a game that ended after five innings because of the 10-run rule. A single by Natalie Kinkel, a walk to Kendra Coborn, a one-out walk to Macky Warne, a bases-loaded walk to Tara Johanning and a two-run error gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
Jeff Overmyer was looking for the Park Rapids girls basketball team to finish with a .500 record in his first season as head coach. Even though the Panthers just missed accomplishing that goal, Overmyer was happy with the Panthers' first-round win in the Section 8AA playoffs and 12-14 overall record.
Emma Miller and Jack Christenson clocked winning times to lead the Park Rapids track and field teams at Tuesday's Aurora Borealis Invitational indoor meet at Bemidji State University.