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Levi Erickson went 4 for 4, scored three runs and drove in a pair and Jordan Eischens hit a two-run home run to offset a pair of homers by Isaiah Greene as the Park Rapids baseball team defeated Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 10-6 Thursday at Dilworth. A double by Erickson, an RBI single by Drew Bade and Eischens' first homer of the season gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead in the second inning. Sam Coborn reached on an error and scored on Erickson's RBI double as the Panthers led 4-1 in the third. After the Rebels took a 6-4 lead by scoring four times in the fourth, Coborn singled and Chris Goplerud
Shania Johnson drove in five runs with a pair of triples to spark a 16-hit attack as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team outslugged Menahga for a 13-10 victory Thursday at the Area High School field. Menahga jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Joy Haataja singled and scored in the first before a single by Samantha Acuff, an error, a sacrifice fly by Bradi Carlson and an RBI single by Beth Tormanen led to two runs in the second. Park Rapids tied the game by scoring once in the second and twice in the third.
Another outstanding group of senior athletes will be honored at the 35th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet Wednesday night at the Area High School Gymnasium. One of the highlights of the evening will be the announcement of the 2012 Female Student Athlete and Male Student Athlete. The 2012 Outstanding Male Athlete and Outstanding Female Athlete will also be announced.
Belting out 44 hits sparked a three-game winning streak as the Park Rapids baseball team climbed above the .500 mark. A 13-hit attack led the Panthers to a 4-3 win in nine innings over Thief River Falls in a Section 8AA battle Tuesday at the Area High School field. Prior to that game, the Panthers used 31 hits to sweep a Mid-State Conference doubleheader at Crosby-Ironton on Monday.
Defeating Wadena-Deer Creek and Perham twice during the regular season gave the Park Rapids boys tennis team the No. 6 seed for the Section 8A tournament. The Panthers open section play at No. 3 Staples-Motley Monday afternoon at 4:30. Monday's other first-round matches pit No. 1 Thief River Falls against No. 8 W-DC, No. 2 Crookston against No. 7 Perham, and No. 4 East Grand Forks against No. 5 Detroit Lakes. The section semifinals and finals will be played at Crookston Tuesday. The section individual tournament will also begin Tuesday. In doubles, Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen are the No.
Detroit Lakes used four rounds in the 70s to win the Mid-State Conference boys golf title for the 19th year in a row. Tanner Schnathorst (71), Karter Smith (72), Tyler Baukol (74) and Ben Malow (77) all earned all-conference honors in leading the Lakers to a 294 team score at Whitefish Golf Course Monday. Staples-Motley finished second with a 309 while Park Rapids was fifth with a 345. Staples-Motley's Nick Forsberg earned medalist honors with a 70.
A sweep over Crosby-Ironton Monday helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team lock up third place in the Mid-State Conference standings. The Panthers ended conference play with a 7-5 record after defeating C-I 12-1 in five innings and 7-2. Pequot Lakes won the conference title with a 12-0 record while Detroit Lakes finished second at 8-4. The Rangers finished at 0-12 and extended their conference losing streak to 60 games in a row.
Nine members of the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams earned all-conference honors with first-place finishes at Tuesday's Mid-State Conference meet at Wadena. In the girls meet, the Panthers had six first-place finishes and finished second in the team standings with 142 points. Detroit Lakes won the conference title with 215 points. In the boys meet, the Panthers used a pair of winning efforts to finish third with 99 points.
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.
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.