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Ian Johnson made his varsity debut with three sub-100 rounds to lead the Park Rapids boys golf team in its season debuts. Johnson carded a 91 as the Panthers shot a 392 at the Detroit Lakes Invitational at Wildflower last Monday. At the Pequot Lakes Invitational, Johnson shot a 94 at The Pines on Friday and followed with a 95 at The Preserve on Saturday as the Panthers carded a 797 in the two-day event. Panthers open with a 392 In addition to Johnson's 91, the Panthers used Gairett Johnson's 99 and a pair of 101s by Bailey Mueller and Sterling Lindahl to finish 16th at the Detroit Lakes
Park Rapids' 4 x 800-meter relay team took advantage of an invitation to compete at Friday's Hamline Elite Track and Field Meet at Hamline University by breaking the school record. Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce, Summer Ellefson and Victoria Lutz finished sixth with a time of 9:41.86. That broke the school record of 9:47.42 set by the Lutzs, Hannah Wolff and Sophie Shogren at the Section 8A meet in 2008. That relay team finished fifth at last year's state Class A meet with a time of 9:59.01. The Panthers' relay team entered the elite meet with a qualifying time of 9:54.25.
Park Rapids' Bob Schissel will be one of three 2010 inductees into the Minnesota High School Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. The Minnesota High School Golf Coaches Association announced that Schissel, Jeff Nelson of Bemidji and Jim Roforth of Lake City will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in June. Schissel will be inducted at the state Class AA golf banquet at the Park Ballroom in New Prague on Tuesday, June 15. Schissel coached the Park Rapids boys golf team from 1985-1995 and had three teams qualify for the state Class A tournament.
A sweep in doubles carried the Park Rapids boys tennis team to a 4-3 Mid-State Conference win at Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday. The Panthers lost only two games in the three doubles matches and used a straight-set win by Alex Renner at No. 1 singles to pick up their first win of the season in the conference opener. Max Brown and Scott Smith coasted to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles. Kyle Dickinson and James Kujawa rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles. Mitch Fossen and Chris Shaw didn't lose a game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3 doubles. Renner posted a 6-3, 6-1 win at No.
Five winning performances highlighted a balanced attack as the Park Rapids girls track and field team captured the Park Rapids Invitational title at Vern Weekley Field Tuesday. Victoria Lutz won the 800-meter run in 2:34.61, Lydia Lutz led the way in the 3,200 run in 12:00.78 and Kyja Penning took first in pole vault by clearing 9 feet as the Panthers compiled 128 points Bagley/Fosston was second in this nine-team meet with 123 points. The 4 x 800 relay team of Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce, Summer Ellefson and Victoria Lutz started the meet with a winning time of 9:59.22 while the 4 x 400 rel
A trio of fourth-place finishes led the Park Rapids boys track and field team at Tuesday's Park Rapids Invitational. Colin Vaadeland finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.71; the 4 x 800 relay team of AJ Spears, Forrest Drury, Jake Waggoner and Taylor Kimball took fourth with a time of 9:36.02; and the 4 x 400 relay team of Brock Fritze, Kurt Fritze, Drury and Austin Carlson finished fourth in 3:51.59. Park Rapids also placed in the 200 dash, 400 dash, 800 run and 4 x 200 relay. "I thought we did OK.
Brie Warne was nearly perfect and Olivia Vaadeland was equally impressive on the mound as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team swept a Mid-State Conference doubleheader from Crosby-Ironton Tuesday at the Area High School field. Warne just missed pitching a perfect game by allowing no hits and one walk while striking out 15 in a 12-0 five-inning victory in the first game.
The Park Rapids girls golf team picked up where it left off last season. A year ago, the Panthers ended the season by carding rounds of 393 and 392. The Panthers opened this season with similar scores. In the season-opening Perham Invitational last Friday, the Panthers finished second out of 12 teams with a 394.
Alex Renner and the No. 2 doubles team of Kyle Dickinson and James Kujawa picked up wins as the Park Rapids boys tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision at East Grand Forks Tuesday. Renner prevailed in straight sets at No. 1 singles while Dickinson and Kujawa posted a straight-set win at No. 2 doubles as the Panthers fell to 0-3 in dual meets this season. East Grand Forks 5, Park Rapids 2 No. 1 singles: Alex Renner, PR, over Joel Ryan 6-3, 6-0. No. 2 singles: Scott Metzger, EGF, over Armando Padilla 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 singles: Blake Gaddie, EGF, over Jonah Pearson 6-1, 6-1. No.
Crosby-Ironton capitalized on five Park Rapids errors to score 11 unearned runs in sweeping a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Crosby. Three errors led to six unearned runs as the Rangers won the first game 9-8 and two errors led to five unearned runs as C-I completed the sweep with a 9-8 victory in the second game. A five-run fourth inning gave the Panthers a 7-5 lead in the first game before the Rangers scored four unearned runs in their final two at bats to rally for the win. An RBI single by Kevin McMorrow sparked a two-run third before doubles by Dan Ricke and C