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Nevis' Bryon Schuldt and Annessa Feder are returning to the state Class A track and field meet as Section 8A champions. At Saturday's section meet at Park Rapids, Schuldt won the 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run to earn his fifth consecutive trip to state while Feder finished first in the high jump to qualify for state for the second time. Schuldt, a junior, entered the section meet as the top seed in both distance races. At the Subsection 8-29A meet, Schuldt won the 1,600 run in 4:50.67 and the 3,200 run in 10:17.83.
Herman Stieng had never run in a track meet until this spring. His first season in track resulted in a trip to the state Class A meet. On Saturday, Stieng became the first member of the Park Rapids boys track and field team to qualify for the state meet since 2002 with a runner-up showing in the 400-meter dash at the Section 8A meet at Park Rapids. Stieng, a foreign exchange student from Norway, played soccer year-round before competing in football, basketball and track at Park Rapids this spring. Stieng turned out to be a natural on the track. "I heard from kids and the phy ed teach
Entering the final event of the day, Corey Hill liked the chances of the Park Rapids girls track and field team to repeat as the Section 8A champions. The Panthers had 77 points, trailing only Bagley/Fosston's 82.50 total. Since Bagley/Fosston didn't have a team in the final event, Park Rapids only had to finish third to pass the Flyers and defend the section title. Shelby Pierce, Mandy Schirmers, Grace Bateman and Summer Ellefson locked up the section championship in style by winning the 4 x 400-meter relay in 4:09.92. That showing gave the Panthers 87 points and another section title.
The Park Rapids fastpitch softball team pounded out a season-high 19 hits to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 14-8 Tuesday at Frazee and advance to the Section 8AA championship game. Fergus Falls, the No. 3 seed from the south half of the section, handed Park Rapids, the No. 3 seed from the north half of the section, its first loss of the tournament with a 16-10 victory in Tuesday's first game. The Panthers rebounded to defeat W-DC, the No. 5 seed from the south, in an elimination game. W-DC eliminated Detroit Lakes, the No.
Levi Erickson threw a five-hitter and the Park Rapids baseball team matched its season high with 15 hits in closing the regular season with a 12-3 victory over Bagley last Thursday. After Erickson gave up three runs in the top of the first, the Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the inning on singles by Sam Coborn and Erickson, walks to Dan Pike and Ryan Peterson, and a two-run single by Chris Goplerud. Two errors, an RBI triple by Nick Belfiori and an RBI single by Coborn gave the Panthers a 6-3 lead in the third. A five-run fourth inning put the Panthers in control.
The Park Rapids girls golf team fulfilled a goal by qualifying for the Section 8AA tournament Thursday at Warroad. Led by Mariena Dearstyne's 92 and Hannah Williams' 93, the Panthers carded a 393 to finish third in the north subsection meet. Katie Kristofferson's 96 and Katie Walsh's 112 rounded out the Panthers' team score. Roseau won the subsection title with a 362 while Crookston was second with a 377. East Grand Forks took fourth with a 397.
Solid defense and plenty of offense led the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team closer to the Section 8AA title. The Panthers, the No. 3 seed in the north half of the section, defeated No. 2 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 10-0 and No. 1 Detroit Lakes 5-3 Thursday at Thief River Falls to remain undefeated in section play. Park Rapids played Fergus Falls in a battle of undefeated teams Tuesday at Frazee. The loser of that game played the winner between Detroit Lakes and Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday.
Patrick Deegan thought the Park Rapids boys track and field team had a good chance to win the Subsection 8-29A title at Walker Thursday. Deegan didn't expect the Panthers to run away with their first subsection title since 2004. The Panthers (who finished second last season with 134 points) scored points in every event Thursday, highlighted by four winning efforts and six runner-up finishes, to compile 165 points.
Park Rapids' Alex Renner's bid to qualify for the state Class A boys tennis tournament was denied Thursday at the Depot Courts. Renner, the No. 3 seed in the Section 8A singles bracket, opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over No. 14 Dillon Shields of Perham last Tuesday and a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Ross Forney of Crookston in Thursday's quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Renner dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to No. 2 Logan Engelstad of Thief River Falls. No. 4 Ty Misialek of East Grand Forks defeated Renner 6-2, 7-5 in the third-place match. Engelstad defeated No.
Alyssa Carlson, Zac Haugland, Ashley Domino and Dan Pike were named the top athletes of the Class of 2011 at Wednesday's 34th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet at the Area High School gym. Carlson was named the 2011 Female Student Athlete, Haugland was named the 2011 Male Student Athlete, Domino was named the 2011 Outstanding Female Athlete and Pike was named the 2011 Outstanding Male Athlete. In addition to honoring those four seniors, Don "Mac" McDowell and Allison (Reich) Kallevig were inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Carlson was a four-year letterwinner and Mid-St