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Park Rapids' Alex Renner's bid to qualify for the state Class A boys tennis tournament was denied Thursday at the Depot Courts. Renner, the No. 3 seed in the Section 8A singles bracket, opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over No. 14 Dillon Shields of Perham last Tuesday and a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Ross Forney of Crookston in Thursday's quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Renner dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to No. 2 Logan Engelstad of Thief River Falls. No. 4 Ty Misialek of East Grand Forks defeated Renner 6-2, 7-5 in the third-place match. Engelstad defeated No.
Patrick Deegan thought the Park Rapids boys track and field team had a good chance to win the Subsection 8-29A title at Walker Thursday. Deegan didn't expect the Panthers to run away with their first subsection title since 2004. The Panthers (who finished second last season with 134 points) scored points in every event Thursday, highlighted by four winning efforts and six runner-up finishes, to compile 165 points.
Solid defense and plenty of offense led the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team closer to the Section 8AA title. The Panthers, the No. 3 seed in the north half of the section, defeated No. 2 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 10-0 and No. 1 Detroit Lakes 5-3 Thursday at Thief River Falls to remain undefeated in section play. Park Rapids played Fergus Falls in a battle of undefeated teams Tuesday at Frazee. The loser of that game played the winner between Detroit Lakes and Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday.
The Park Rapids girls golf team fulfilled a goal by qualifying for the Section 8AA tournament Thursday at Warroad. Led by Mariena Dearstyne's 92 and Hannah Williams' 93, the Panthers carded a 393 to finish third in the north subsection meet. Katie Kristofferson's 96 and Katie Walsh's 112 rounded out the Panthers' team score. Roseau won the subsection title with a 362 while Crookston was second with a 377. East Grand Forks took fourth with a 397.
Alyssa Carlson, Zac Haugland, Ashley Domino and Dan Pike were named the top athletes of the Class of 2011 at Wednesday's 34th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet at the Area High School gym. Carlson was named the 2011 Female Student Athlete, Haugland was named the 2011 Male Student Athlete, Domino was named the 2011 Outstanding Female Athlete and Pike was named the 2011 Outstanding Male Athlete. In addition to honoring those four seniors, Don "Mac" McDowell and Allison (Reich) Kallevig were inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Carlson was a four-year letterwinner and Mid-St
Thief River Falls used a 7-0 quarterfinal win over Park Rapids Monday to capture its eighth consecutive Section 8A boys tennis title. The Prowlers, who were ranked No. 5 in the latest state Class A poll, won all seven matches in straight sets. Alex Renner pushed Connor Hutton in a 7-5, 6-3 loss at No. 1 singles while Thief River Falls lost only two games in the other six matches. On Tuesday at Park Rapids' Depot Courts, Thief River Falls defeated Detroit Lakes 6-1 in the semifinals and Staples-Motley 6-1 in the finals to return to state. The Panthers end the season with a 2-13 record.
United North Central's Frank Moren shot an 89 to lead the local golfers at Monday's Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship at The Legacy. Park Rapids had three golfers qualify for the tournament. Ed Carlson shot a 91, Dustin Bethel carded a 95 and Ian Johnson fired a 97. UNC's Lane Hillukka shot a 97 and Nevis' Kyle Magnuson shot a 99 to round out the list of area qualifiers. Staples-Motley captured the conference title with a 399 team score and 25.5 points.
A four-run fourth inning helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team open the Section 8AA tournament with a 7-6 win over Warroad Tuesday at the Area High School field. The No. 3-seeded Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Alyssa Carlson and Anna Grimes walked and scored on Bailee Jerger's two-out double. After Warroad, the No.
Lisa Frame-Koppelman led a group of 15 Park Rapids runners who competed in last Saturday's Fargo Half Marathon. Frame-Koppelman completed the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 45 minutes, 1 second to finish 100th overall out of 3,773 female runners and 17th out of 614 runners in the female 35-39 age group. Jessica Miller followed in 1:45:18 to finish 107th overall among the women and 18th out of 720 runners in the female 30-34 age category. Jack Brann finished 503rd out of 2,383 male runners with a time of 1:48:30.
Nevis took advantage of six errors to defeat the Park Rapids baseball team 5-1 Tuesday at the Area High School field. The host Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Sam Coborn walked and scored on Cory Odland's double. Dylan Stenberg retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced, allowing only a lead-off single to Christian Ridlon in the seventh. Nevis tied the game in the fifth when Anthony Becker walked and scored on a throwing error. The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the sixth on singles by Gerald Beckerleg and Anthony Becker and an error. Nevis scored two insurance runs in