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Lydia Lutz was determined to break the school record in the 3,200-meter run in her final appearance at Vern Weekley Field. Lutz accomplished her goal in style with a winning time of 11:15.90. That broke Tammy McGrane's record of 11:29.09 set in 1978 and helped the Park Rapids girls track and field team claim runner-up honors at Tuesday's Park Rapids Enterprise Invitational. In addition to Lutz, the Panthers had six other winning performances in compiling 186.75 points.
Cole Tretbar won both throwing events in leading the Park Rapids boys track and field team to third place at Tuesday's Park Rapids Enterprise Invitational. Tretbar threw the shot put 42 feet, 10 inches and the discus 124-4 to account for the Panthers' lone first-place finishes. Park Rapids tallied 121 points to trail Detroit Lakes' 224.83 and Roseau's 150 in this nine-team meet. The Panthers had four runner-up finishes, led by a 9:00.20 by Ryan McBrady, Ben Baumgartner, Isaac Overmyer and Austin Carlson in the 4 x 800-meter relay.
Detroit Lakes capitalized on seven walks and four errors to defeat Park Rapids 8-2 in the first game of a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday at the Area High School field. Park Rapids scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the second game at 4-4 before that game was suspended because of darkness. If that game cannot be concluded at a later date, it will result in a tie. The Lakers opened the first game by scoring three times in both the first and second innings.
Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen won nine games in a straight-set loss at No. 1 doubles as the Park Rapids boys tennis team dropped a 7-0 dual to Crookston Tuesday at the Depot Courts. Crookston dropped only 10 games in the other six matches to improve to 5-3 in dual meets. The Pirates defeated Perham 6-1 in the other match. The Panthers' match against Perham was suspended because of darkness. That dual was tied at 3-3 and will be completed at a later date. Park Rapids fell to 1-5 in dual meets with the loss. Crookston 7, Park Rapids 0 No.
Detroit Lakes rallied from early deficits in both games of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday to hand the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team its first two losses of the season. After giving up three runs in the first inning, the Panthers claimed a 4-3 lead before Detroit Lakes used a six-run fourth inning to spark an 11-6 win in the first game. In the second game, the Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning before Detroit Lakes scored six unanswered runs to complete the sweep with an 11-4 win. Each team hit four home runs in the doubleheader, but Detroit Lakes' hi
Remington Hagen will always remember the ending of his first varsity boys golf meet. On his final hole at Monday's Wolfpack Invitational at Walker's Tianna Country Club, the Park Rapids eighth grader aced the 184-yard No. 15 hole. Hagen used a 5-iron to record his first career hole-in-one. "I kept thinking that I was going to get a hole-in-one," said Hagen. "I just wanted to hit it on the green. My shot hit before the green, bounced twice and then rolled in the cup. I didn't see it. I thought it went off the green, but a guy in my group said it went in the cup.
Increasing numbers helped increase the success for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team. The Panthers increased their numbers to 35 and 28 of those placed in a varsity meet during the season.
Jeff Renner changed his lineup and it resulted in the first win of the season for the Park Rapids boys tennis team. Scott Smith's three-set win at No. 1 singles was the deciding match as the Panthers edged Wadena-Deer Creek 4-3 in a Mid-State Conference dual Thursday at Wadena. Calvin Bateman prevailed in straight sets at No. 4 singles, Jeff Dickinson and Jaden Olson posted a straight-set win at No. 2 doubles, and Iain Wallace and Jackson Kimball lost only one game in a straight-set win at No.
Last season, the Park Rapids girls golf team peaked down the stretch by carding six rounds under 400 in the final nine meets. Walt Harrison says the Panthers have the talent to card rounds under 400 every time out this spring. Having all five golfers back from last year's Section 8AA qualifying team is the main reason for Harrison's optimism. "We should be consistently under 400 all season," said Harrison. "We have three girls back who shot under 100.
Three golfers carded rounds under 100 as the Park Rapids girls golf team opened the season by placing 11th at the 16-team Brainerd/Pequot Lakes Invitational Thursday and Friday at Grand View Lodge. During Thursday's round at The Preserve, the Panthers carded a 390 behind Hannah Williams' 87, Katie Kristofferson's 88, Mariena Dearstyne's 100 and Katie Walsh's 115. Brainerd's Jenny Muesing carded a 74 while Pequot Lakes shot a 333 to lead the way after the first day. On Friday, the Panthers carded a 411 at The Pines with Kristofferson's 90, Dearstyne's 99, Williams' 101 and Walsh's 121 com