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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.