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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.
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.
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.
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.
With a pitch count being implemented this season, new head coach Dan Etter is stressing the importance of throwing strikes to the pitching staff of the Park Rapids baseball team. Last season, the pitching staff allowed 98 walks and hit 15 batters in addition to giving up 118 hits and 142 runs. A 5.59 team ERA resulted in a 4-4 record in Mid-State Conference play and a 10-11 overall record.
Andrew Lachowitzer is counting on the Park Rapids boys track and field team to be represented at the state Class A meet this season. Last season, the Panthers just missed being represented at state with four third-place finishes at the Section 8A meet. This year, Lachowitzer is counting on the Panthers to move up a spot and earn at least one state berth.
Corey Hill will be relying on six proven seniors and juniors and a group of talented younger athletes to lead the Park Rapids girls track and field team to another successful season.
With eight regulars returning from last year's record-setting season, head coach Marion Goeden has high expectations for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team this spring.
Park Rapids' Tea Nyland and Kayla Andersen had solid freshmen seasons for the Minnesota State University Moorhead women's swimming team. Nyland capped off the season by earning all-conference honors and helping the Dragons finish third at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships at Rochester on Feb. 7-10 with 734 points. St. Cloud State won the conference title with 1,069 points while Minnesota State Mankato was second in the seven-team field with 867 points.
An improved offense helped the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team fulfill the main goal of the season. The Panthers scored 71 goals this season, which was 20 more than a year ago. That led to Park Rapids earning the No. 4 seed and a home game for the Section 8A playoffs. Park Rapids took advantage of home ice with a 6-0 win over No. 5 Detroit Lakes in a section quarterfinal game before falling to No. 1 Warroad 12-0 in the semifinals to end the season with a 9-16-1 overall record.