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A team that just missed winning a state title and a coach who led Park Rapids to its only team state title will be the newest members inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame at the All Sports Banquet on May 23 will be the 1970 Park Rapids wrestling team, which finished second at the state tournament, and Leo Jacobson, who led the Park Rapids boys track and field team to the state Class A title in 1996. In 1970, Mark Costello, John Siegal, Joe Safratowich, Dick Pike and Tom Henry qualified for the state tournament as region champs and combined t
The Park Rapids girls track and field team took first in three of four relays Tuesday to win its fourth title in five outdoor meets. Corey Hill's team won one other event and used six runner-up performances to top the 15-team field at the Crookston VFW Invitational with 118 points.
Katie Kristofferson earned medalist honors with a 41 in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to a first-place finish at Tuesday's Northern Pines Conference meet at Blackduck. Mariena Dearstyne's 48 and 56s by Riley Kimball and Dana McDonald rounded out the Panthers' three-player team score of 145. Nevis earned runner-up honors with a 159 behind McKenzie Harris' 51, Kara Rich's 53 and Allyson Snyder's 55. Team scores: Park Rapids 145, Nevis 159, Red Lake 182, Blackduck 182, Northome/Kelliher 196.
Michael Strain and Nick Forsberg carded rounds of 2-under 70 as Staples-Motley dominated the first Mid-Minnesota Conference boys golf meet at Blueberry Pines Friday. The Cardinals carded a five-player team score of 376 and earned 56 points in the first conference meet of the season. United North Central finished third with a 450 and 31.50 points, Park Rapids was fourth with a 457 and 29 points and Nevis took sixth with a 489 and 20 points. Bailey Mueller shot an 87 to finish third at the No. 2 player position while Dustin Bethel (at the No. 4 spot) and Jamie Stewart (at the No.
Lydia Lutz excelled at the Hamline Elite Meet Friday by breaking the school record in the 3,200-meter run for the second time in a week. Lutz, who broke Tammy McGrane's 1978 school record of 11:29.09 with an 11:15.90 last Tuesday, dropped that time to an 11:10.56 to finish seventh at Hamline on Friday. "Lydia broke the school record again," said Park Rapids head coach Corey Hill. "We couldn't be happier for her." Alexandria's Jamie Piepenburg led the field with a 10:28.46.
Drew Bade and Tyler McCollum combined on a six-hitter to lead the Park Rapids baseball team to a 6-4 win over Wadena-Deer Creek in the first game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Friday at the Area High School field. W-DC salvaged the split by holding the Panthers to six hits in a 6-2 win in the second game. In the opener, a three-run sixth inning sparked the Panthers to the win. After the Wolverines scored twice in the first, the Panthers tied the game in the second on a single and stolen base by Jordan Eischens, an RBI single by Bade and an RBI single by Zach Eystad. Chris Gopl
Committing nine errors and issuing 12 walks led to 11 unearned runs, but the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team still managed to split a Mid-State Conference doubleheader at Wadena Friday night. W-DC took advantage of six errors and seven walks to win the opener 9-6 before the Panthers capitalized on five errors and six walks to earn the split with a 7-6 win in the second game. In the first game, Erika Jerger was hit by a pitch and scored on Lauren Naeve's double to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Park Rapids trailed 9-1 before mounting a rally in the seventh as a sing
Katie Kristofferson shared medalist honors in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to the title in the first Northern Pines Conference meet of the season. Kristofferson and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley's Megan Eckman carded 46s at Thursday's conference meet at Walker's Tianna Country Club. Mariena Dearstyne's 48 and Hannah Williams' 52 led the Panthers to the team title with a three-player score of 146. Katie Walsh shot a 58 while Ali Walsh and Lexi Stevenson carded 65 for the Panthers. Nevis took third with a 166 behind Kara Rich's 52 and a pair of 57s by Allyson Snyder and Olivia Toft.
Nick Lopez and Josh Johnson pushed their opponents to three sets in Park Rapids' 7-0 Mid-State Conference boys tennis loss at Detroit Lakes Thursday. Lopez won the first set before falling at No. 3 singles while Johnson won a second-set tiebreaker in a loss at No. 4 singles. The Lakers won the other five matches in straight sets in improving to 2-6 on the season. The loss dropped the Panthers to 1-1 in conference matches and 1-6 overall. Detroit Lakes 7, Park Rapids 0 No. 1 singles: Isaac Fondrick, DL, over Chris Shaw 6-2 6-0. No.
Lydia Lutz was determined to break the school record in the 3,200-meter run in her final appearance at Vern Weekley Field. Lutz accomplished her goal in style with a winning time of 11:15.90. That broke Tammy McGrane's record of 11:29.09 set in 1978 and helped the Park Rapids girls track and field team claim runner-up honors at Tuesday's Park Rapids Enterprise Invitational. In addition to Lutz, the Panthers had six other winning performances in compiling 186.75 points.