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A four-run fourth inning helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team open the Section 8AA tournament with a 7-6 win over Warroad Tuesday at the Area High School field. The No. 3-seeded Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Alyssa Carlson and Anna Grimes walked and scored on Bailee Jerger's two-out double. After Warroad, the No.
Lisa Frame-Koppelman led a group of 15 Park Rapids runners who competed in last Saturday's Fargo Half Marathon. Frame-Koppelman completed the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 45 minutes, 1 second to finish 100th overall out of 3,773 female runners and 17th out of 614 runners in the female 35-39 age group. Jessica Miller followed in 1:45:18 to finish 107th overall among the women and 18th out of 720 runners in the female 30-34 age category. Jack Brann finished 503rd out of 2,383 male runners with a time of 1:48:30.
Nevis took advantage of six errors to defeat the Park Rapids baseball team 5-1 Tuesday at the Area High School field. The host Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Sam Coborn walked and scored on Cory Odland's double. Dylan Stenberg retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced, allowing only a lead-off single to Christian Ridlon in the seventh. Nevis tied the game in the fifth when Anthony Becker walked and scored on a throwing error. The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the sixth on singles by Gerald Beckerleg and Anthony Becker and an error. Nevis scored two insurance runs in
When Detroit Lakes swept Pequot Lakes last Tuesday, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team was eliminated from winning the Mid-State Conference title. Instead, the Panthers focused on sweeping Pequot Lakes Thursday to lock up second place in the conference standings. That goal seemed out of reach when Rachel Langer's grand-slam home run capped off a seven-run second inning that gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead in the first game of this conference doubleheader finale. However, Olivia Vaadeland shut down Pequot Lakes' offense the rest of the game as the Panthers rallied for a 9-7 win. In th
At last year's state Class A girls track and field True Team meet, Park Rapids' six seniors provided the leadership for a fifth-place finish. With no seniors on this year's team, the Panthers remembered what they learned from Heather Goodwater, Nikki Knott, Victoria Lutz, Kyja Penning, Shannon Taylor and Hannah Wolff. Despite being the only one of nine teams without a senior on the roster, the Panthers managed to improve on last year's showing by moving up to fourth place during a rainy state meet at Stillwater. The Panthers used a pair of winning performances by Lydia Lutz in the distan
A Mid-State Conference split at Pequot Lakes Friday snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Park Rapids baseball team. After dropping an 11-2 decision to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Thursday and seeing Pequot Lakes rally for an 8-7 victory in the first game Friday, the Panthers returned to the win column with an 8-5 victory over Pequot Lakes in Friday's second game. The Panthers, who were awarded wins in the first two games of the season when Staples-Motley used an ineligible player, fell to 6-12 on the season with a 13-9 loss to Fergus Falls Monday. Park Rapids, which hosted Nevis Tuesd
Crosby-Ironton played its best round of the season last Wednesday to prevent the Park Rapids boys golf team from qualifying for the Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship. The Panthers entered the final conference meet at Headwaters Country Club with a 6.5-point advantage over Crosby-Ironton for the fourth and final spot to advance to the conference championship. A pair of 79s by James Cragun and Tom Burgstalen led the Rangers to a 416 team score and 34 points. Park Rapids carded a 442 and earned 24 points to finish fifth in the final standings. Dustin Bethel's 87 at the No.
Katie Kristofferson tuned up for the upcoming section tournaments by carding the best round of her career Thursday. The Park Rapids junior shot an 81 to claim medalist honors at the Northern Pines Invitational at Long Bow Golf Course, which is the site of the Section 8AA tournament on June 2. Mariena Dearstyne's 100, Tonya Melott's 102 and Katie Walsh's 106 led the Panthers to a 389 team score for runner-up honors in this nine-team meet. Fosston claimed the team title with a 377 while Nevis was third with a 457.
At the beginning of the season, Jim Weinzierl said the Park Rapids boys golf team had the potential to have four golfers shoot rounds in the low 80s at the same meet. That's what the Panthers did at Headwaters Country Club Monday as an 82 by Bailey Mueller, a pair of 83s by Ed Carlson and Dustin Bethel, and an 84 by Ian Johnson led to a 332 team score and third place at the Mid-State Conference tournament. The 332 was the Panthers' best team score at the conference tournament since carding a 331 for runner-up honors in 1999. Detroit Lakes won the team title with a 306 while Staples-Motle
After posting their best score of the season at Staples last Saturday, the members of the Park Rapids girls golf team followed by posting their best score at the Mid-State Conference meet in three decades. The Panthers carded a 376 to finish eighth at last Saturday's 18-team Staples-Motley Invitational. That was the Panthers' best round of the season. On Monday, the Panthers topped that mark by shooting a 374 to finish fourth at the Mid-State Conference meet at Headwaters Country Club.