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Walt Harrison had some high expectations for the Park Rapids girls golf team this season. The Panthers lived up to all of those expectations. The main highlights of the season were shooting a 354 to break the school record and win the North Subsection 8AA title to qualify for the Section 8AA meet and having senior Katie Kristofferson qualify for the state Class AA tournament. The Panthers also won the Northern Pines Conference title and carded seven rounds under 400. Having five golfers return from last year's team gave the Panthers consistency.
A late rally fell short as the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team saw its season end with a 7-6 playoff loss to Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale Thursday night. BHV claimed a 7-1 lead by scoring once in the first, three times in the second, once in the fourth and twice in the sixth. Park Rapids threatened in the second when Kyle Goplerud and Brad Eischens singled and Paul Prenevost was hit by a pitch.
Detroit Lakes used a 23-6 advantage in hits to sweep a doubleheader from the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team Monday night. An 11-run seventh inning sealed Detroit Lakes' 15-1 win in the first game.
Midway extended its amateur baseball winning streak to eight games in a row with three victories over Lake and Pine League rivals last weekend. Shane Hendrickson and Brad Lusti combined on a there-hitter as the Snurdbirds blanked Huntersville 10-0 last Friday night at Menahga. Jake Lund went 3 for 4 with a double, a homer, two runs and five RBI while Zach Etter went 2 for 2 with a homer and three RBI. Hendrickson went 2 for 4, Derek Dormanen went 2 for 4 with two runs, and Robert Weaver went 2 for 4. Hendrickson gave up three hits and struck out seven over seven innings for the win.
Tadd Usher was confident the Park Rapids boys golf team had the talent to play in the Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship and card a round under 330 this spring. The Panthers accomplished both of those goals. Park Rapids struggled to card four consistent scores for most of the season before carding back-to-back rounds under 330 in the final two meets. In the 14 18-hole meets, the Panthers had their top four golfers compete in 11 of them.
The Wolf Lake amateur baseball team saw its record fall to 7-7 with a pair of home losses last Sunday afternoon. Staples scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings for a 6-4 win in the first Lake and Pine League game last Sunday.
Almost 650 runners battled Wednesday morning's hot and humid conditions to compete in the 34th annual 10K and 5K Firecracker Footrace. Drew Peterson won the men's 10K race with a time of 38:06.95 while Allie Parks won the women's 10K title with a time of 42:53.41. In the 5K race, Matthew Peterson won the men's title in 16:12.84 while Clare Kazmierczak won the women's title in 19:21:02. A total of 64 men and 38 women completed the 10K course, which started and ended at Park Rapids' Heartland Park. Age division winners in the men's 10K race were Isaac Overmyer in 38:48.28 (18-under divis
Charlie Dormanen expected an improved season from the Menahga baseball team this season. The Braves lived up to those expectations by going 5-7 in Park Region Conference play and 9-12 overall to improve on last year's 2-10 conference record and 4-16 overall mark. The Braves got off to a slow start by opening the season with a 2-8 record before closing the regular season with a 7-3 mark. Menahga opened the season with a 6-2 conference loss to New York Mills, losses to Greenway (11-4), Hawley (6-5) and Sebeka (11-3) at the Park Rapids Invitational, and a 6-5 conference loss to Pillager.
Jeff Renner was looking for the Park Rapids boys tennis team to make improvement this season. Having more success at the lower positions enabled the Panthers to fulfill that goal. After going 2-13 in dual meets last season, the Panthers doubled that victory total as four 4-3 wins led to a 4-11 overall record. The Panthers got off to a slow start with 7-0 losses to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Bemidji, Grand Rapids and East Grand Forks and a seventh-place finish at the eight-team Park Rapids Invitational.
One of Zach Holsman's goals in his first season as the Park Rapids head baseball coach was to end the regular season with a winning record and make a run at contending for the Section 8AA title. The Panthers fulfilled the first of those two goals by going 11-8-1 during the regular season. That gave Park Rapids the No. 3 seed in the south half of the section and a home playoff game. The Panthers fell short of reaching their second goal as No.