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After graduating 11 seniors who led the way to a 36-13 record the last two springs, Bill Dent is expecting a rebuilding season from a young Nevis baseball team. The Tigers have to replace seven starters from a team that won the Northland Conference title for the first time in school history with an 11-1 record and finished with a 17-6 overall mark last spring.
Charlie Dormanen is hoping the Menahga baseball team can take advantage of a revised four-class system and contend for a trip to the state Class A tournament. Menahga moves from Section 6A to Section 5A, joining Hill City, Nevis, Northland, Pillager, Pine River-Backus, Sebeka and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in the West. The teams in Section 5A East are Barnum, Braham, East Central, Hinckley-Finlayson, Isle, McGregor, Ogilvie and Onamia.
Steve Schreiber knew the work ethic of his young Menahga girls basketball team would produce a successful season. The Braves featured a young lineup with senior Jen Stifter and Dani Novak; junior Lindsay Hendrickson; sophomore Leah Schwartz; and freshmen Alyssa Peterson, Aimee Lake, Cierra Ahlf and Megan Hendrickson leading the way. That group led Menahga to a share of fourth place in the Park Region Conference standings and a 14-14 overall record.
With 13 athletes returning who placed at last year’s Section 8A meet, Corey Hill is expecting the Park Rapids girls track and field team to repeat as section champs and send another strong contingent to the state Class A meet. The Panthers return six athletes who competed at last year’s state meet, led by senior Abby Mueller and junior Lydia Kantonen. Mueller finished sixth in the 200-meter dash while Kantonen took fifth in the 3,200-meter run as Park Rapids scored 9 points to tie for 37th place at state.
It’s going to be a challenge for the Park Rapids boys track and field team to follow the success of the last three seasons. In 2013, the Panthers placed third at the Section 8A meet with 71 points, qualified for the state Class A meet in seven events and brought home one state medal while scoring 4 points. In 2014, the Panthers again placed third at the section meet with 72 points and qualified for state in six events, bringing home two medals and scoring 16 points.
Finishing second in the Northwoods Conference standings and peaking at the end of the season highlighted a successful season for the Nevis girls basketball team. The Tigers went 10-4 in conference play to trail only Clearbrook-Gonvick’s 14-0 record. Nevis ended the regular season by going 5-2 in the final seven games to earn the No. 5 seed in the North for the Section 5A playoffs. A 71-63 loss to No. 4 Menahga in the first round ended a 13-13 season.
Kiefer Miller and Landon Godwin scored 26 points in the throwing events as the Nevis boys track and field team placed sixth at Tuesday’s Bemidji Lions Invitational at Bemidji State University. Miller took first in the discus with a distance of 128 feet, 3.50 inches while Godwin was the runner-up in the discus at 126-4 and took second in the shot put at 43-7.
Marion Goeden is excited about the new four-class system for fastpitch softball. Fastpitch softball was expanded from three classes to four classes this spring. Park Rapids will compete in the new 15-team Section 8AA, which also features Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Crookston, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, East Grand Forks, East Polk, Frazee, Hawley, Mahnomen/Waubun, Northern Freeze, Pelican Rapids, Roseau and Warroad.
Mark Waller is looking for an improved defense to lead the Park Rapids baseball team to an improved record this spring. Last season, the Panthers committed 69 errors and allowed another 103 runners to reach base via walks or hit batters that led to 55 unearned runs. Despite that, Park Rapids finished with a .500 record by going 11-11 overall.
Three Park Rapids drag racers brought home trophies from last month’s Brainerd International Raceway Banquet. Kerry Hemenway received a jacket after placing fourth overall in the Real Street Natural division...