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A pair of runner-up finishes led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to seventh place at Tuesday’s Little Amik Invitational at Bemidji State University. Lydia Kantonen, Tori Hilmanowski, Whitney Steffel and Megan Olson clocked a runner-up time of 10:42.71 in the 4 x 800-meter relay while Jaiden McCollum took second in the shot put with a distance of 35 feet, 5 inches as the Panthers compiled 47 points. International Falls led the 21-team field with 82.50 points.
Finishing second in the Northwoods Conference standings and peaking at the end of the season highlighted a successful season for the Nevis girls basketball team. The Tigers went 10-4 in conference play to trail only Clearbrook-Gonvick’s 14-0 record. Nevis ended the regular season by going 5-2 in the final seven games to earn the No. 5 seed in the North for the Section 5A playoffs. A 71-63 loss to No. 4 Menahga in the first round ended a 13-13 season.
It’s going to be a challenge for the Park Rapids boys track and field team to follow the success of the last three seasons. In 2013, the Panthers placed third at the Section 8A meet with 71 points, qualified for the state Class A meet in seven events and brought home one state medal while scoring 4 points. In 2014, the Panthers again placed third at the section meet with 72 points and qualified for state in six events, bringing home two medals and scoring 16 points.
With 13 athletes returning who placed at last year’s Section 8A meet, Corey Hill is expecting the Park Rapids girls track and field team to repeat as section champs and send another strong contingent to the state Class A meet. The Panthers return six athletes who competed at last year’s state meet, led by senior Abby Mueller and junior Lydia Kantonen. Mueller finished sixth in the 200-meter dash while Kantonen took fifth in the 3,200-meter run as Park Rapids scored 9 points to tie for 37th place at state.
Mark Waller is looking for an improved defense to lead the Park Rapids baseball team to an improved record this spring. Last season, the Panthers committed 69 errors and allowed another 103 runners to reach base via walks or hit batters that led to 55 unearned runs. Despite that, Park Rapids finished with a .500 record by going 11-11 overall.
Marion Goeden is excited about the new four-class system for fastpitch softball. Fastpitch softball was expanded from three classes to four classes this spring. Park Rapids will compete in the new 15-team Section 8AA, which also features Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Crookston, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, East Grand Forks, East Polk, Frazee, Hawley, Mahnomen/Waubun, Northern Freeze, Pelican Rapids, Roseau and Warroad.
Kiefer Miller and Landon Godwin scored 26 points in the throwing events as the Nevis boys track and field team placed sixth at Tuesday’s Bemidji Lions Invitational at Bemidji State University. Miller took first in the discus with a distance of 128 feet, 3.50 inches while Godwin was the runner-up in the discus at 126-4 and took second in the shot put at 43-7.
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Even though the Park Rapids girls basketball team had to replace four starters from a team that went 17-10 a year ago, Tina Ridlon expected another successful season this winter. The Panthers were competitive all season by relying on an offense that averaged 62.6 points a game. However, Park Rapids struggled on the defensive end at times by going 2-10 in games where the opponent scored at least 65 points. That resulted in a 2-6 record in Mid-State Conference play and a 12-14 overall record.
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