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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
East Grand Forks prevailed in three close matches to seal a 7-0 win over the Park Rapids boys tennis team in a Section 8A match Tuesday afternoon at East Grand Forks. Nick Lopez lost a second-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles, Jeff Dickinson dropped a close first set at No. 4 singles, and Josh Johnson and Jaden Olson dropped a second-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles to lead the Panthers. The loss dropped Park Rapids to 0-4 in dual meets this season while East Grand Forks evened its record at 1-1. East Grand Forks 7, Park Rapids 0 No.
A pair of 81s by Ian Johnson and Bailey Mueller led the Park Rapids boys golf team to a 339 team score and ninth-place finish in the season-opening Detroit Lakes Invitational at Wildflower Tuesday. Jamie Stewart's 87 and Wyatt Derman's 90 rounded out the Panthers' team score while Ryan DeLaHunt's 91 and Dustin Bethel's 92 rounded out the Panthers' lineup. Nick Forsberg earned medalist honors with a 73 in leading Staples-Motley to the team title with a 309.
Taking first place in six events and scoring points in the other 12 events led the Park Rapids boys track and field team to a first-place finish at Tuesday's Park Rapids Lions Invitational at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers used a balanced attack to compile 172 points to lead the seven-team field in their home debut.
Taking first in nine events and having at least three individuals place in seven different running events sparked the Park Rapids girls track and field team to the title at Tuesday's Park Rapids Lions Invitational at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers, who were coming off a first-place finish at Perham, dominated the running events in compiling 219.50 points to top the eight-team field in their home debut.
For the eighth time in 15 tries, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team captured the title at its own tournament. The Panthers defeated Perham 16-5 in five innings, Bagley 11-3 and Norman County West 7-0 Saturday at Olson Fields to win the tournament title for the first time since 2007. Bagley defeated Pine River-Backus 7-1 for third place, Perham defeated East Grand Forks 4-3 for fifth place and Crookston defeated Nevis 8-6 for seventh place in this eight-team tournament. The three wins lifted Park Rapids to 4-0 on the season entering Thursday's home game with Perham. Panthers defeat
A pair of four-run innings led the Park Rapids baseball team to a pair of victories at the 17th annual Park Rapids Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Panthers scored four times in the fourth inning to spark a 5-2 win over Hawley in the first game Friday night.