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Ian Johnson's 88, Bailey Mueller's 92, and pair of 96s by Eddie Carlson and Dustin Bethel led the Park Rapids boys golf team to fifth place at Friday's United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines. The Panthers carded a 372 team score to trail Staples-Motley's 339, Pequot Lakes' 351, United North Central's 354 and Wadena-Deer Creek's 366 in this 11-team meet.
The Park Rapids girls track and field team was invited to compete in two events at the Hamline Elite Meet at Hamline University Friday. Lydia Lutz, Summer Ellefson, Lora Remus and Shelby Pierce earned a spot in the 4 x 800-meter relay with a qualifying time of 10:01.2. That relay team finished 12th Friday with a time of 10:06.08. Mounds View took first in this relay with a winning time of 9:29.28.
A 12-hit attack, highlighted by Ashley Domino's grand-slam home run, gave the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team a Mid-State Conference split with Wadena-Deer Creek Friday. After six errors helped W-DC score five unearned runs in an 11-7 win in the opener, Olivia Vaadeland's three-hitter sparked the Panthers to a 15-1 five-inning victory in the second game. Four errors in the first inning and Mikayla Lehmkuhl's two-run homer in the second sparked W-DC to a 6-0 lead in the first game. Two errors and Alyssa Carlson's sacrifice fly led to two Park Rapids runs in the third, but the Wolverin
Park Rapids won matches at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, but Detroit Lakes won the other five matches en route to a 5-2 Mid-State Conference boys tennis victory Thursday at the Depot Courts. Alex Renner posted a straight-set win at No. 1 singles while Mitch Fossen and Scott Smith rallied for a three-set win at No. 1 doubles to lead the Panthers, who fell to 2-1 in conference matches and 2-6 overall. Detroit Lakes 5, Park Rapids 2 No. 1 singles: Alex Renner, PR, over Isaac Fondrick 6-2, 6-2. No. 2 singles: Jesse Meyer, DL, over Chris Shaw 6-0, 6-0. No.
Katie Kristofferson and Mariena Dearstyne finished in the top five spots in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to a runner-up finish at last Wednesday's Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Invitational at Tianna Country Club. Kristofferson shot a 93 for third place and Dearstyne carded a 97 for fourth place as the Panthers shot a season best 403 to trail Fosston's 376 in this 10-team meet. Hannah Williams' 101 and Katie Walsh's 112 rounded out the Panthers' team score. Allyson Snyder's 102, McKenzie Harris' 107, Kara Rich's 118 and Olivia Toft's 128 led Nevis to fourth place with a 445.
Led by a winning effort in the 4 x 400-meter relay team and Scott Wolff's winning effort in the triple jump, the Park Rapids boys track and field team finished third at Friday's May Day Invitational at Walker. Brock Fritze, Austin Carlson, Forrest Drury and Herman Stieng won the 4 x 400 relay in 3:41.74 and Wolff won the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 4 inches in leading the Panthers to 84 points in this 11-team meet.
The outdoor debut for the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams was a success as both contended for titles at Tuesday's Park Rapids Enterprise Invitational at Vern Weekley Field. Led by 10 winning performances and six runner-up efforts, the Panthers ran away from the field in the seven-team girls meet with 240 points. Bagley/Fosston was second with 150 points while United North Central finished fifth with 54 points and Nevis was sixth with 48 points. In the boys meet, the Panthers won four events and added three runner-up finishes to earn runner-up honors with 124 points.
Cory Odland's 15 strikeouts and Danny Pike's two-run home run sparked the Park Rapids baseball team to its first two wins of the season. Odland gave up three hits and allowed seven walks in leading the Panthers to a 6-2 win over Pelican Rapids last Thursday. Odland's RBI single and Pike's sacrifice fly gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first before Odland's RBI double and Chris Goplerud's two-run double led to three runs in the fifth.
Park Rapids' offense produced 34 hits and 35 runs to spark a Mid-State Conference fastpitch softball doubleheader sweep at Crosby-Ironton Tuesday. Bailee Jerger and Ashley Domino combined on a one-hitter and were supported by a 15-hit attack as the Panthers won the first game 15-0 in five innings. The Panthers followed with a 19-hit attack in the second game to complete the sweep with a 20-3 five-inning victory. In the opener, the Panthers scored eight runs in the first inning and seven runs in the second inning.
Katie Kristofferson started the season with three rounds under 100 as the Park Rapids girls golf team opened the season with meets at Pequot Lakes and Staples. Kristofferson followed a 93 at The Pines last Wednesday with an 88 at The Preserve last Thursday as the Panthers finished 13th out of 14 teams with an 875 at the two-day Pequot Lakes Invitational. Hannah Williams' 103, Tonya Melott's 120 and Alison Walsh's 133 led the Panthers to a 449 at The Pines.