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The outdoor debut for the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams was a success as both contended for titles at Tuesday's Park Rapids Enterprise Invitational at Vern Weekley Field. Led by 10 winning performances and six runner-up efforts, the Panthers ran away from the field in the seven-team girls meet with 240 points. Bagley/Fosston was second with 150 points while United North Central finished fifth with 54 points and Nevis was sixth with 48 points. In the boys meet, the Panthers won four events and added three runner-up finishes to earn runner-up honors with 124 points.
Cory Odland's 15 strikeouts and Danny Pike's two-run home run sparked the Park Rapids baseball team to its first two wins of the season. Odland gave up three hits and allowed seven walks in leading the Panthers to a 6-2 win over Pelican Rapids last Thursday. Odland's RBI single and Pike's sacrifice fly gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first before Odland's RBI double and Chris Goplerud's two-run double led to three runs in the fifth.
Park Rapids' offense produced 34 hits and 35 runs to spark a Mid-State Conference fastpitch softball doubleheader sweep at Crosby-Ironton Tuesday. Bailee Jerger and Ashley Domino combined on a one-hitter and were supported by a 15-hit attack as the Panthers won the first game 15-0 in five innings. The Panthers followed with a 19-hit attack in the second game to complete the sweep with a 20-3 five-inning victory. In the opener, the Panthers scored eight runs in the first inning and seven runs in the second inning.
Katie Kristofferson started the season with three rounds under 100 as the Park Rapids girls golf team opened the season with meets at Pequot Lakes and Staples. Kristofferson followed a 93 at The Pines last Wednesday with an 88 at The Preserve last Thursday as the Panthers finished 13th out of 14 teams with an 875 at the two-day Pequot Lakes Invitational. Hannah Williams' 103, Tonya Melott's 120 and Alison Walsh's 133 led the Panthers to a 449 at The Pines.
Park Rapids won two close matches at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles Tuesday to pick up its second boys tennis victory of the season. Chris Shaw prevailed at No. 2 singles while Steven Osterman and Calvin Bateman won in three sets at No. 2 doubles to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 win over Perham at the Depot Courts. Alex Renner lost only one game at No. 1 singles while Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen lost only two games at No. 1 doubles to seal the win. Jeff Dickinson lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles. Renner's straight-set win at No.
Ian Johnson and Bailey Mueller carded identical rounds of 179 to lead the Park Rapids boys golf team to a 746 and 14th place at the Pequot Lakes Invitational. Johnson and Mueller shot 93s during Tuesday's round at The Pines and followed with 86s during Wednesday's round at The Preserve in this two-day, 17-team meet. The Panthers shot a 382 on Tuesday with Jamie Stewart's 97 and Ed Carlson's 99 rounding out the team score. On Wednesday, a pair of 96s by Nate Carlson and Dustin Bethel completed the Panthers' 364 team score. Hermantown's Tray Sundbom earned medalist honors with rounds of
A 17-hit attack and four innings of near-perfect relief pitching by Bailee Jerger sparked the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a come-from-behind 11-10 extra-inning victory at Menahga Thursday. The Panthers faced a 10-3 deficit before scoring five times in the fifth and twice in the sixth to tie the game before winning it in the eighth. Menahga used doubles by Lindsey White and Amelia Pho to take a 1-0 lead in the first and used singles by Jenny Skoog and Alicia Ahlf, a two-run single by Maria Tormanen, a single by Joy Haataja and a two-run triple by Tarah Cleveland to take a 6-0 lea
Three wins in singles and three forfeits led the Park Rapids boys tennis team to its first victory of the season Thursday at the Deport Courts. Alex Renner, Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen posted straight-set wins in singles to spark the Panthers to a 6-1 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek. Matt Sullivan won at No. 4 singles, Steven Osterman and Calvin Bateman won at No. 2 doubles, and Iain Wallace and Jaden Olson won at No.
Over the last two seasons, it was tough for the members of the Park Rapids boys swimming team to see the progress they made. That changed this season. Two seasons ago, the Panthers went 0-6 in dual meets, finished third at the Mid-State Conference meet, finished last out of 12 teams at the Section 3A meet with 56 points and qualified one swimmer for the state meet. Last season, the Panthers went 0-6 in dual meets, finished third at the conference meet, finished last out of 13 teams at the section meet with 67 points and didn't qualify a swimmer for state. This season, the Panthers made
Even though the Park Rapids boys golf team returns a young lineup, head coach Jim Weinzierl is optimistic the Panthers can contend for a spot in the Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship and Section 8AA tournament. A year ago, the Panthers shot a season-best 344 at Bears Den and ended the season by shooting a 366 for sixth place at the Mid-State Conference tournament and a 358 for seventh place at the North Section 8AA tournament. With the return of his top five golfers, Weinzierl expects the Panthers to improve on those scores this spring. Leading the Panthers this season will be junior