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Corey Hill expected the Park Rapids girls track and field team would run away with the Subsection 8-29A title for the seventh year in a row. The Panthers didn't disappoint as 15 different competitors produced 14 winning efforts and five runner-up finishes as the defending champs compiled 263.50 points at Mahnomen Thursday.
Based on their best performances of the season, Patrick Deegan expected Park Rapids and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley would battle down to the wire to decide who would win the Subsection 8-29A boys track and field title. It wasn't as close as Deegan expected. The outcome was decided way before the final event as the Panthers used 10 winning efforts and six runner-up finishes to repeat as subsection champs Thursday at Mahnomen. Scott Wolff, Forrest Drury and Austin Carlson combined to win seven events in leading the Panthers to the team title with 213 points.
The top scorer in boys hockey history and one of the top distance runners in school history received top honors at Wednesday's 35th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet. Sam Coborn and Lydia Lutz were named the 2012 Male and Female Student Athletes while Forrest Drury was named the 2012 Outstanding Male Athlete and Summer Ellefson and Shelby Pierce shared the 2012 Outstanding Female Athlete award. In addition, Leo Jacobson and the 1970 wrestling team featuring Mark Costello, Tom Henry, Dick Pike, Joe Safratowich and John Siegel were inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Lutz
Pete Gaustad almost single-handedly defeated the Park Rapids baseball team Monday night. Gaustad threw a one-hitter and struck out 15 and aided his cause by blasting two home runs and driving in five runs in leading Fergus Falls to a 9-2 victory in this game between Section 8AA rivals at the Area High School field. The Panthers scored an unearned run in the first when Zach Eystad and Sam Coborn reached on errors and Eystad scored on a wild pitch. Park Rapids extended the lead to 2-0 in the third with another unearned run when Coborn reached on an error, stole second and scored on Chris G
Staples-Motley didn't drop a game in singles as the Cardinals opened the Section 8A boys tennis tournament with a 7-0 win over Park Rapids Monday. Staples-Motley, the No. 3 seed, also swept the three doubles matches to advance to the section semifinals. Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen won the first set before dropping the next two at No. 1 doubles while Calvin Bateman and Jeff Dickinson battled in a three-set loss at No. 2 doubles as the Panthers ended the season with a 4-11 record. Park Rapids entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed.
Jessy Noreen threw a three-hitter and struck out 13 in leading Hawley to an 8-1 victory over the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team in the first round of the Section 8AA South playoffs Tuesday. Hawley, the No. 4 seed, strung together four singles to score five times in the third inning to spark the win. The No. 5-seeded Panthers managed only three baserunners through the first four innings before scoring their lone run in the fifth.
Katie Kristofferson shot an 89 and Alyza Edevold added a career-best 104 to lead the Park Rapids girls golf team at Tuesday's Detroit Lakes Invitational. Mariena Dearstyne's 94 and Riley Kimball's 118 completed the Panthers' 405 team score. Detroit Lakes, behind Kate Smith's 73, took first in this 10-team meet with a school record 306.
Katie Kristofferson and Mariena Dearstyne earned all-conference honors in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to the Northern Pines Conference title. Dearstyne carded a 42 and Kristofferson carded a 47 as the Panthers won the final conference meet at Castle Highlands last Tuesday with a 141. Alyza Edevold's 53 rounded out Park Rapids' team score. Park Rapids finished first in four of the five conference meets and averaged a 146.2 to claim the conference title. In the five conference meets, Kristofferson led the way with 217 strokes while Dearstyne was third with 227 strokes.
Several Park Rapids runners competed in Saturday's Fargo Marathon. There were 20 runners who completed the 13.1-mile half marathon course. In the men's division, John Puckropp (age 50) finished in 1:36:59, Ed Waggoner (age 42) finished in 1:40:53, Josh Galzki (age 33) finished in 1:43:41, Duane Wallace (age 51) finished in 1:58:46, Brian Behrens (age 41) finished in 1:58.47, Donald Black (age 47) finished in 2:14:09, Paul Laturnus (age 33) finished in 2:36:28 and Gary Korsgaden (age 58) finished in 2:38:50. In the women's division, Lisa Frame-Koppelman (age 39) finished in 1:37:14, Kerry
Levi Erickson went 4 for 4, scored three runs and drove in a pair and Jordan Eischens hit a two-run home run to offset a pair of homers by Isaiah Greene as the Park Rapids baseball team defeated Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 10-6 Thursday at Dilworth. A double by Erickson, an RBI single by Drew Bade and Eischens' first homer of the season gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead in the second inning. Sam Coborn reached on an error and scored on Erickson's RBI double as the Panthers led 4-1 in the third. After the Rebels took a 6-4 lead by scoring four times in the fourth, Coborn singled and Chris Goplerud