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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.
Nine members of the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams earned all-conference honors with first-place finishes at Tuesday's Mid-State Conference meet at Wadena. In the girls meet, the Panthers had six first-place finishes and finished second in the team standings with 142 points. Detroit Lakes won the conference title with 215 points. In the boys meet, the Panthers used a pair of winning efforts to finish third with 99 points.
Katie Kristofferson won a scorecard playoff to earn medalist honors and lead the Park Rapids girls golf team to third place at last Wednesday's Red Lake Invitational at Long Bow Golf Course. Hannah Williams' 91, Alyza Edevold's 112 and Riley Kimball's 115 rounded out the Panthers' team score. Fosston won the team title with a 398 while East Grand Forks followed in this 10-team meet with a 400. Long Bow will host the Section 8AA tournament. Team scores: Fosston 398, East Grand Forks 400, Park Rapids 403, Fosston JV 465, Northome/Kelliher 499, Red Lake 500, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 503.
Nick Lopez claimed runner-up honors at No. 4 singles to lead the Park Rapids boys tennis team at Thursday's Mid-State Conference tournament at the Depot Courts. Scott Smith finished third at No. 1 singles while Josh Johnson and Iain Wallace finished fourth at No. 2 doubles. Placing fifth for the Panthers were Chris Shaw at No. 2 singles and Jaden Olson and Jackson Kimball at No. 3 doubles. Mitch Fossen (at No. 3 singles) and Calvin Bateman and Jeff Dickinson (at No. 1 doubles) finished sixth. Championship matches No.
Entering the final Mid-Minnesota Conference boys golf meet last Wednesday at Deacon's Lodge, Park Rapids and United North Central were battling for the final spot in the conference championship. The Panthers prevailed in the head-to-head battle to advance. After three meets, UNC held the No. 4 spot with 83 points while the Panthers were in the No. 5 spot with 78.50 points. On Wednesday, Park Rapids and UNC tied at three spots, but the Panthers won the other three positions and compiled 29 points to move into the No.
The Park Rapids fastpitch softball team got offensive during a three-game winning streak last week. In a Mid-State Conference doubleheader last Tuesday, the Panthers combined 20 hits with 26 walks to score 22 runs in sweeping Staples-Motley by scores of 11-10 and 11-6. The Panthers followed with a season-high 18 hits in an 18-8 victory over Pelican Rapids Thursday. Lake of the Woods shut down the Panthers' offense on Friday in a 10-2 victory. Marion Goeden's team entered this week with a 5-5 record in the conference and a 9-6 overall record. Panthers walk to sweep The Panthers took
Mitch Fossen won two key matches as the Park Rapids boys tennis team defeated Perham twice Monday at Perham. The Panthers' match against Perham on April 24 at the Depot Court was suspended because of darkness with the match tied 3-3. That match was concluded Monday with Fossen prevailing 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 at No. 3 singles for the deciding point. Scott Smith at No. 1 singles, Nick Lopez at No. 4 singles, and the No.