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Getting past Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the Section 8AA tournament is the main challenge for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team again this season. D-G-F has eliminated the Panthers from the section playoffs the last two seasons. Losing to D-G-F 4-1 and 2-1 in the tournament ended a 23-3 season two years ago while dropping two more playoff games to the Rebels by scores of 11-3 and 5-2 ended a 23-2 campaign last spring. Head coach Marion Goeden is counting on a veteran team to end that trend this spring.
With the return of five veteran seniors, head coach Scott Kramer expected another successful season from the Nevis boys basketball team. Those seniors didn't disappoint as the Tigers finished second in the Northland Conference standings with an 11-3 record, climbed as high as No. 4 in the state Class A poll and ended the season with a 23-6 overall mark after falling to Cromwell-Wright in the Section 5A North title game.
Led by a winning effort in the 4 x 800-meter relay and a runner-up showing in the 4 x 400 relay, the Park Rapids girls track and field team claimed runner-up honors at Tuesday's Beaver Relays at the Gillett Fitness Center at Bemidji State University.
Head coach Corey Hill is hoping not being the defending Section 8A champs will provide added incentive for the Park Rapids girls track and field team this spring. The Panthers saw their seven-year streak of winning the section title snapped by less than a point when Pelican Rapids dethroned the defending champs with 82.50 points at last spring's Section 8A meet. Park Rapids just missed winning another section title with 82 points.
With an experienced nucleus returning, Cody Pulju expected a successful season from the Menahga girls basketball team. The Braves lived up to those expectations by going undefeated during the regular season, winning the Section 5A title and advancing to the state Class A tournament for the first time in school history in finishing with a 30-2 overall record.
United North Central's Ethan Hendrickson and Torrey Carlson captured titles at the Northland Youth Wrestling Association State Tournament. Hendrickson won the 90-pound title in the grade 7-8 division while Carlson claimed the 150-pound title in the grade 7-8 invitational division. The state tournament started Thursday and concluded Sunday at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center.
Andrew Lachowitzer is hoping increased numbers will lead to increased success for the Park Rapids boys track and field team. The Panthers' head coach saw 49 athletes report for the first week of practice. Of that total, 14 competed at the Section 8A meet last season while another 10 helped Park Rapids win the Subsection 8-29A title a year ago.
Senior forward Jaiden McCollum, junior guards Kaisa Coborn and Kendra Coborn, and sophomore center Rilee Michaelson were instrumental in leading the Park Rapids girls basketball team to its best Mid-State Conference finish in 12 seasons. Those four led the way as the Panthers went 7-3 in conference play to finish second behind Pequot Lakes' 8-2 record. That was Park Rapids' best showing in Mid-State action since finishing second with an 8-2 record in 2005-06.
Winning the first seven Mid-State Conference games set the tone for a winning season by the Park Rapids girls basketball team. The Panthers went 6-1 to open the season and rebounded from a five-game losing streak late in the season to earn a Section 8AA playoff game at home and end the season with a 14-12 overall record.
Several more area high school sporting events scheduled for this week have been postponed. The United North Central boys and girls track teams were scheduled to compete in the Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational on Monday, but that meet has been rescheduled to April 23. The Park Rapids softball team had Tuesday's game against Frazee postponed and rescheduled for April 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Park Rapids. The Park Rapids Invitational softball tournament scheduled for Saturday (April 14) has also been postponed and rescheduled to April 21 at Olson Fields.