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It was the most inopportune time for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to struggle at the plate. The Panthers had scored 56 runs on 78 hits in the previous six games entering Thursday’s double-elimination round of the Section 8AA tournament at Thief River Falls. The Panthers managed only eight hits and one run while striking out 18 times in a 6-0 loss to Warroad and a 4-1 loss to East Grand Forks to see their season end. Park Rapids entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed in the north while Warroad was the No. 3 seed and East Grand Forks was the No.
None of Park Rapids’ four representatives were able to advance to the semifinals of the Section 8A individual boys tennis tournament last Wednesday at the Depot Courts. In singles, both Ben Baumgartner and Bobby Bruce were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Baumgartner, the No. 3 seed, lost to No. 6 Nick Houge of Fergus Falls in straight sets while Bruce, the No. 7 seed, was ousted by No. 2 Ethan Johnson of Thief River Falls in straight sets. Bruce opened with a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 10 Ian Johnson of Crookston in a first-round match last Tuesday.
Another dominating performance led to another Subsection 8-29A title for the Park Rapids girls track and field team Thursday at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers won eight events and had eight runner-up showings in scoring 241 points to win the subsection title for the 10th year in a row.
Winning all four relays helped the Park Rapids boys track and field team win the Subsection 8-29A title for the fifth year in a row. The Panthers added four other winning times to lead the eight-team field at Vern Weekley Field Thursday with 203 points. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley took second with 128 points while Nevis was fifth with 73 points. Tyler Breitweser, Adam Jacobi, Isaac Overmyer and Hunter Jewison opened the meet by winning the 4 x 800-meter relay in 8:47.41. Isaac Kosel, Jordan Yliniemi, Re-mington Hagan and Tristan Breitweser won the 4 x 200 relay in 1:35.87.
Isaac Overmyer and Megan Grimes received top honors at Wednesday night’s 38th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet. Overmyer and Grimes were named the 2015 Male and Female Student Athletes while Derek Porozinski and Hope Johnson were named the 2015 Outstanding Male and Female Athletes. In addition, Paul Carter and Frank Schaap were inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Overmyer had a remarkable running career at Park Rapids, earning five letters in cross country and fo
A seven-run third inning sparked the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a 13-3 six-inning victory over East Polk in the opening round of the Section 8AA playoffs Tuesday. Park Rapids, the No. 2 seed in the north, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a double by Sydney Bynum and an error. The Panthers sent 12 batters to the plate in the third inning to take an 8-0 lead. Lindsey Girtz led off with a walk, advanced to third on Hope Johnson’s double and scored on Kendra Anderson’s grounder.
East Grand Forks won two close doubles matches to open the Section 8A boys tennis tournament with a 4-3 win over Park Rapids Tuesday morning at the Depot Courts. During the regular season, these two teams split 4-3 matches. That was the case again as both teams split the four singles matches before EGF prevailed with two wins in doubles. Ben Baumgartner won in straight sets at No. 2 singles, Bobby Bruce coasted in straight sets at No. 4 singles, and Nolan Booge and Logan Johnson breezed in straight sets at No.
Tanner Schnathorst carded a 72 to lead Detroit Lakes to the team title with a 314 at Tuesday’s Detroit Lakes Invitational boys golf tournament at Detroit Country Club. United North Central finished seventh in the nine-team meet with a 360 behind Luke Wurdock’s 83, Gavin Mickelson’s 84, Vaughn Massie’s 90 and Anthony Wurdock’s 103. Hunter Utke and Jackson Leckner carded 96s to lead Park Rapids to ninth place with a 410.
Charles Haataja and Al Pietila picked up wins as the Menahga baseball team swept a Park Region Conference doubleheader from Parkers Prairie last Tuesday. Haataja allowed seven hits and no runs over 5 1/3 innings in Menahga’s 3-0 victory in the first game.
Detroit Lakes had four golfers finish in the top six spots to claim the team title in the East-West Invitational. The Lakers led the 11-team field after Friday’s first 18 holes at Longbow Golf Club with a 296 and followed with a 157 at Headwaters Country Club Saturday for a two-day total of 453.