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Park Rapids' Forrest Drury and Isaac Overmyer fulfilled their goals by earning medals while Austin Carlson gained valuable experience at the state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Drury tied for sixth place in the pole vault, Overmyer finished ninth in the 3,200-meter run, and Carlson finished 13th in the 400 dash and 20th in the 200 dash on Friday. Those efforts gave the Panthers 3.50 points for 57th place in the team standings.
After qualifying 10 individuals in nine events, Corey Hill thought the Park Rapids girls track and field team had a chance to win the state Class A title. The Panthers managed to score points in five events and ended up tying for 13th place with 21 points. That was Park Rapids' best showing at state since placing ninth with 24 points in 1998. Senior Lydia Lutz finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run during Friday's finals at Hamline University in St. Paul while the Panthers placed in four events during Saturday's finals.
Park Rapids' Ian Johnson carded an 83 at Monday's Section 8AA boys golf tournament at Longbow Golf Course near Walker to miss qualifying for the state tournament by six strokes. Detroit Lakes won the section title with a 308 behind a pair of 75s by Austin Rusness and Karter Schmidt. Fergus Falls took second with a 313. Bagley's Aaron Leintz earned medalist honors with a 71.
Both the Park Rapids girls and boys track and field teams had high expectations entering last Saturday's Section 8A meet at East Grand Forks. The Panthers entered the section meet with 13 athletes favored to qualify for state in 12 events.
Katie Kristofferson always believed she had the ability to qualify for the state Class AA girls golf tournament. The Park Rapids senior accomplished her goal in her final attempt Monday at Longbow Golf Course near Walker. Kristofferson, who qualified for her fourth section meet by carding a season-best 81 during the subsection tournament, claimed the final state berth by winning a sudden-death playoff after carding a 91. Kristofferson went from having tears of sorrow to tears of joy in earning her first state berth. After being the last group on the course, Kristofferson thought she wa
Going into Saturday's Section 8A meet, Corey Hill expected the Park Rapids girls track and field team to repeat as champions and qualify for the state Class A meet in nine events. Mission accomplished. The Panthers easily lived up to those expectations by running away with the team title with 123 points and advancing 10 individuals in nine events to state. Entering the section meet, seniors Summer Ellefson (in the 400-meter dash), Shelby Pierce (in the 800 run) and Lydia Lutz (in the 3,200 run) were favored to qualify for state in their individual events.
Patrick Deegan liked the chances of the Park Rapids boys track and field team to finish in the top five spots and advance to state in four events at Saturday's Section 8A meet at East Grand Forks. The Panthers lived up to their coach's expectations. Led by sophomore Austin Carlson's winning time in the 400-meter dash and runner-up finishes by Carlson in the 200 dash, freshman Isaac Overmyer in the 3,200 run and senior Forrest Drury in the pole vault, the Panthers qualified for the state Class A meet in four events and finished fourth in the team standings with 54.50 points. "I thought we
Stranding runners on third in the first two innings proved to be difference as the Park Rapids baseball team was upset by Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the first round of the Section 8AA tournament Thursday at the Area High School field. The Panthers had their leadoff runner advance to third in the first two innings, but left them stranded as the Rebels escaped with a 3-2 victory. D-G-F, the No. 6 seed in the south half of the section, took advantage of Park Rapids mistakes to score twice in the first.
David Dirks threw a two-hitter as the Park Rapids baseball team closed out the regular season with a 10-0 five-inning win at Bagley Thursday. The Panthers scored six runs in the third and four in the fourth to end this game early via the 10-run rule. In the third, singles by Tyler McCollum and Zach Eystad, an RBI single by Sam Coborn, a three-run double by Drew Bade and an RBI single by Chris Goplerud gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead. Singles by Ryan Peterson and Eystad, an error and an RBI triple by Cory Odland led to the final four runs in the fourth. McCollum and Eystad both went 2 for
The Park Rapids boys golf team is peaking at the right time. Tadd Usher said the Panthers had the talent to shoot a round under 330 this season. The Panthers fulfilled that goal at last Tuesday's Bagley Invitational. Led by Ian Johnson's career-best 77, the Panthers carded a 327 at Bagley.