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Corey Hill thought the Park Rapids girls track and field team had the depth to defeat Detroit lakes for the Section 8AA True Team title Tuesday. While the Panthers were able to take first in six events, the host Lakers relied on their depth to win the section title. Detroit Lakes, which outscored the Panthers in all six field events and four running events, claimed the section title with 505 points.
Austin Carlson won the 400-meter dash in 52.30 to provide the main highlight for the Park Rapids boys track and field team at Tuesday's Section 8AA True Team meet at Detroit Lakes. Carlson and Forrest Drury scored 26 points in that race as the Panthers compiled 251.50 points to finish eighth in this nine-team meet. Little Falls won the team title with 456 points while Detroit Lakes (447) and Fergus Falls (427) followed. Isaac Overmyer finished fourth in the 3,200 run and joined Jacob Waggoner to score 23 points in that race.
Despite falling behind 12-1 in the second game, the Park Rapids baseball team almost completed a Mid-State Conference sweep at Staples-Motley Tuesday. Tyler McCollum's six-hitter led the Panthers to a 4-1 win in the first game before Staples-Motley held on to earn a split with a 13-12 victory in the second game. In the first game, McCollum allowed an unearned run in the first inning before shutting down the Cardinals the rest of the way for his first win of the season. Singles by McCollum and Zach Eystad set up a two-run single by Sam Coborn in the third as the Panthers took a 3-1 lead.
Another consistent performance led the Park Rapids girls golf team to its first win of the season at Crookston Monday. Hannah Williams' 91, Katie Kristofferson's 94, Mariena Dearstyne's 96 and Katie Walsh's 102 led the Panthers to a 383 at the Minakwa Golf Course, which will be the site of the Section 8AA North Subsection tournament. In the last three invitational meets, the Panthers have carded rounds of 383, 382 and 383. Thief River Falls was second with a 386 while Roseau took third in this seven-team meet with a 399.
David Dirks threw a two-hit shutout to give the Park Rapids baseball team a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep over Pequot Lakes Thursday at the Area High School field. Cory Odland and Tyler McCollum combined on a four-hitter as the Panthers won the first game 6-4. Dirks followed with a complete-game effort as Park Rapids earned the sweep with a 10-0 win in six innings in the second game. In the opener, Sam Coborn went 3 for 4 and scored three runs and Odland went 3 for 3 with two RBI to lead the Panthers' 11-hit attack. After Pequot Lakes used a pair of walks and an error to scor
Despite falling short in a 5-2 loss, the Park Rapids boys tennis team showed improvement during a Mid-State Conference dual against Detroit Lakes Thursday at the Depot Courts. Detroit Lakes, which shut out the Panthers 7-0 last week, used a sweep in doubles to prevail in the rematch. Scott Smith prevailed in a three-set match at No. 1 singles while Nick Lopez coasted in straight sets at No. 4 singles to account for the Panthers' two wins. Mitch Fossen lost in three sets at No. 3 singles and Josh Johnson and Iain Wallace lost in three sets at No. 2 doubles.
Katie White and Lindzee Johnson combined to allow only nine hits as Pequot Lakes remained undefeated on the season with a pair of Mid-State Conference victories over the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team Thursday. White gave up four hits as the Patriots won the first game 12-1 in five innings while Johnson followed with a five-hit shutout as Pequot Lakes completed the sweep with a 12-0 victory in five innings in the second game. Lexi Burlingame doubled, stole third and scored on an error in the second inning to account for the Panthers' only run in the first game. Nakkita Buckanaga and
Bailey Mueller, Jamie Stewart, Ryan DeLaHunt and Dustin Bethel carded their best rounds of the season as the Park Rapids boys golf team carded a season-best 335 at Friday's Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Country Club. Mueller's 81, Stewart's 83, DeLaHunt's 84 and Bethel's 87 led the Panthers to seventh place in this 21-team field. United North Central finished 10th with a 344 behind Lane Hillukka's 83, a pair of 86s by Noah Hendrickson and Luke Wurdock, and an 89 by Brad Johnson. Matt Halik's 79 led Nevis to a 347 and 11th place.
Two winning efforts in the distance relays and Megan Grimes' first-place showing in the high jump led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to fourth place at Thursday's Craig Fredrickson Invitational at Detroit Lakes. Grimes cleared 5 feet, 4 inches to take first in the high jump; Grimes, Summer Ellefson, Grace Bateman and Shelby Pierce won the 4 x 400-meter relay in 4:05.58; and Ellefson, Megan Olson, Lora Remus and Heidi Lageson won the 4 x 800 relay in 10:00.18 as the Panthers compiled 82.50 points.
Katie Smith earned medalist honors with a 71 in leading the Detroit Lakes girls golf team to the team title with a 317 at Thursday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational. Mariena Dearstyne's 89, Katie Kristofferson's 90, Hannah Williams' 93 and Katie Walsh's 110 led Park Rapids to eighth place with a 382. Tasha Maninga shot a 90 and Ally Ohlgren carded a 112 for United North Central. Team scores: Detroit Lakes 317, Pequot Lakes 334, Alexandria 335, Staples-Motley 361, Brainerd 366, Pelican Rapids 366, Fergus Falls 379, Park Rapids 382, Moorhead 393, Wadena-Deer Creek 398, Barnesville 436, Crosb