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Alex Renner won both his matches as the Park Rapids boys tennis team split dual meets with Crookston and Perham Tuesday at the Depot Courts. Renner's straight-set win at No. 1 singles was the Panthers' only victory in a 6-1 loss to Crookston. Armando Padilla lost in a tiebreaker at No. 3 singles while the No. 2 doubles team of Kyle Dickinson and James Kujawa also lost in a tiebreaker. The Panthers rebounded from that loss to defeat Perham 5-2 in the second match. Renner won at No. 1 singles while Steve Smith and Padilla combined to lose only one game in easy wins at the No. 2 and No.
Wadena-Deer Creek prevented the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team from winning the Mid-State Conference title the last two years. After Tuesday's doubleheader sweep, the Panthers can't blame W-DC for costing them the conference title this season. The Panthers improved to 4-0 in conference play by defeating W-DC 3-2 in the first game and 12-6 in the second game of a conference doubleheader at Wadena. W-DC, which captured the last two conference titles by going 12-0 last season and 11-1 in 2008, held a 2-1 lead going into the seventh inning of the first game before the Panthers rallied.
Seven winning performances and five runner-up efforts at Tuesday's Pequot Lakes Invitational led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to its third title of the season. Heather Goodwater finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in 18.10, Lydia Lutz took first in the 1,600 run in 5:18.10, Summer Ellefson won the 400 dash in 1:02.80 and Nicole Knott led the field in the discus with a distance of 86 feet, 11 inches to lead the Panthers to 152 points. Pierz was second in this 10-team meet with 108 points. Park Rapids also won three of the four relays.
Career bests by Gairett Johnson, Bailey Mueller and Tony Schmid led the Park Rapids boys golf team to a fifth-place finish at Monday's Wolf Pack Invitational at Walker's Tianna Country Club. Johnson shot an 87, Mueller carded an 89 and Schmid shot a 90 as the Panthers finished with a 361, which is their lowest round since 2007.
Brie Warne outdueled Lindsey White as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team defeated Menahga 3-1 Thursday at the Area High School field. Warne threw a four-hitter and struck out nine as the Panthers improved to 6-1 this season. White also pitched well, allowing eight hits and striking out nine as Menahga fell to 3-7. Menahga took a 1-0 lead in the first when Katie Miller singled and scored on an er-ror and White's RBI single. Warne lined a one-out double in the bottom of the first, but was stranded on third. The Panthers scored the winning runs in the third.
Ian Johnson made his varsity debut with three sub-100 rounds to lead the Park Rapids boys golf team in its season debuts. Johnson carded a 91 as the Panthers shot a 392 at the Detroit Lakes Invitational at Wildflower last Monday. At the Pequot Lakes Invitational, Johnson shot a 94 at The Pines on Friday and followed with a 95 at The Preserve on Saturday as the Panthers carded a 797 in the two-day event. Panthers open with a 392 In addition to Johnson's 91, the Panthers used Gairett Johnson's 99 and a pair of 101s by Bailey Mueller and Sterling Lindahl to finish 16th at the Detroit Lakes
Park Rapids' 4 x 800-meter relay team took advantage of an invitation to compete at Friday's Hamline Elite Track and Field Meet at Hamline University by breaking the school record. Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce, Summer Ellefson and Victoria Lutz finished sixth with a time of 9:41.86. That broke the school record of 9:47.42 set by the Lutzs, Hannah Wolff and Sophie Shogren at the Section 8A meet in 2008. That relay team finished fifth at last year's state Class A meet with a time of 9:59.01. The Panthers' relay team entered the elite meet with a qualifying time of 9:54.25.
Park Rapids' Bob Schissel will be one of three 2010 inductees into the Minnesota High School Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. The Minnesota High School Golf Coaches Association announced that Schissel, Jeff Nelson of Bemidji and Jim Roforth of Lake City will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in June. Schissel will be inducted at the state Class AA golf banquet at the Park Ballroom in New Prague on Tuesday, June 15. Schissel coached the Park Rapids boys golf team from 1985-1995 and had three teams qualify for the state Class A tournament.
A sweep in doubles carried the Park Rapids boys tennis team to a 4-3 Mid-State Conference win at Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday. The Panthers lost only two games in the three doubles matches and used a straight-set win by Alex Renner at No. 1 singles to pick up their first win of the season in the conference opener. Max Brown and Scott Smith coasted to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles. Kyle Dickinson and James Kujawa rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles. Mitch Fossen and Chris Shaw didn't lose a game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3 doubles. Renner posted a 6-3, 6-1 win at No.
Five winning performances highlighted a balanced attack as the Park Rapids girls track and field team captured the Park Rapids Invitational title at Vern Weekley Field Tuesday. Victoria Lutz won the 800-meter run in 2:34.61, Lydia Lutz led the way in the 3,200 run in 12:00.78 and Kyja Penning took first in pole vault by clearing 9 feet as the Panthers compiled 128 points Bagley/Fosston was second in this nine-team meet with 123 points. The 4 x 800 relay team of Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce, Summer Ellefson and Victoria Lutz started the meet with a winning time of 9:59.22 while the 4 x 400 rel