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Over the last two seasons, it was tough for the members of the Park Rapids boys swimming team to see the progress they made. That changed this season. Two seasons ago, the Panthers went 0-6 in dual meets, finished third at the Mid-State Conference meet, finished last out of 12 teams at the Section 3A meet with 56 points and qualified one swimmer for the state meet. Last season, the Panthers went 0-6 in dual meets, finished third at the conference meet, finished last out of 13 teams at the section meet with 67 points and didn't qualify a swimmer for state. This season, the Panthers made
Alex Renner and Mitch Fossen pushed their matches into three sets as the Park Rapids boys tennis team dropped 7-0 decisions to Grand Rapids and Bemidji at Bemidji Thursday. Grand Rapids won all seven matches against the Panthers in straight sets. Renner lost in three sets at No. 1 singles and Fossen lost in three sets at No. 4 singles in the Panthers' 7-0 loss to Bemidji. Park Rapids, which fell to 0-3 in dual meets, is scheduled to host Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday afternoon in a Mid-State Conference dual. Grand Rapids 7, Park Rapids 0 No.
The Park Rapids girls track and field team finished in the top 3 spots for the third time in three indoor meets at Bemidji State University Friday. Led by Grace Bateman's first-place finish in the pole vault and runner-up finish in the 200-meter hurdles, the Panthers compiled 78 points to place third at the Beaver Relays. Bemidji took first with 169.50 points while Bagley/Fosston was second with 81.50 points in this 15-team indoor meet at BSU.
Having a pair of Section 8AA qualifiers returning has Walt Harrison expecting another solid season from the Park Rapids girls golf team this spring. Last year, the Panthers shot below 400 six times, highlighted by a 375 at Headwaters Country Club and a 391 for fourth place at the North Section 8AA meet. With the return of four varsity players and the addition of nine first-year varsity players, Harrison is counting on the Panthers to once again card rounds under 400 this season. Leading the Panthers will be juniors Katie Kristofferson, Katie Walsh and Allycia Zinke and sophomore Hannah W
Even though the Park Rapids boys golf team returns a young lineup, head coach Jim Weinzierl is optimistic the Panthers can contend for a spot in the Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship and Section 8AA tournament. A year ago, the Panthers shot a season-best 344 at Bears Den and ended the season by shooting a 366 for sixth place at the Mid-State Conference tournament and a 358 for seventh place at the North Section 8AA tournament. With the return of his top five golfers, Weinzierl expects the Panthers to improve on those scores this spring. Leading the Panthers this season will be junior
Entering the season, the biggest concern for head coach Jeremy Anderson is who will step up and deliver on the mound for the Park Rapids baseball team. The Panthers graduated their top four pitchers from a team that finished with a 9-12 overall record, including a 4-8 mark in Mid-State Conference play.
Jeremy Hoemberg and Alex Jansson pitched shutouts in leading Staples-Motley to a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader sweep at Park Rapids in the season opener Tuesday. Hoemberg allowed five hits and struck out nine as the Cardinals won the opener 11-0 in five innings. Jansson followed with a four-hit, eight-strikeout performance as Staples-Motley completed the sweep with a 3-0 win in the second game. In the opener, the Cardinals scored four runs on two hits in the first inning, added three runs on two hits in the second inning, and scored three runs on no hits in the fourth inning
After seeing Staples-Motley rally for a 17-16 win in the opener, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team rallied for a 6-4 win in the second game to split a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday. This game was scheduled to be played at Staples, but wet field conditions moved the game to Park Rapids, which was the visiting team despite playing at home. In the first game, the Panthers carried a 16-11 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning before the Cardinals scored six times to rally for the win. The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Ashley Domino's two-run
The graduation of eight varsity players has the Park Rapids boys tennis team entering a rebuilding season this spring. With only senior Alex Renner, juniors Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen, and sophomore Chris Shaw returning from last year's varsity team, the Panthers will be relying on first-year varsity players to put a competitive lineup on the courts. Renner returns at No. 1 singles after posting a 14-8 record in singles last season. Renner was the Mid-State Conference runner-up at No.
Park Rapids' Tyler Lehrke had a solid season in his professional debut for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees hockey team. Lehrke, a 2004 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, scored nine goals and had 11 assists for 20 points in 50 games for the Killer Bees this season. Lehrke finished 10th on the team in scoring as Rio Grande Valley compiled a 25-35-6 record for eighth place in the Berry Conference standings. Rio Grande, which is located in Hildalgo, Texas, claimed the final playoff spot in the Berry Conference and was eliminated by Allen, the No.