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Five runners who competed at last year's Section 8A meet return to lead the United North Central boys and girls cross-country teams this fall. The boys fielded an incomplete team at the section meet, but return three veterans in senior Jonathan Miller, junior Luke Graham and sophomore Eric Aker.
Julia Renner won all three of her matches as the Park Rapids girls tennis team opened its dual-meet schedule by winning one of three contests on the road. The Panthers dropped a 4-3 decision at Fergus Falls Tuesday before splitting matches at Sauk Centre Wednesday with a 5-2 loss to the host Mainstreeters and a 6-1 win over Yellow Medicine East. In the loss to Fergus Falls, Bailey LaCoursiere won in straight sets at No. 2 singles, Renner prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles, and the No.
A three-run seventh inning and seven-run eighth inning sparked Midway to a 13-3 win over Kasson in the first round of the state Class C amateur baseball playoffs Friday night at Bird Island. Midway, which scored a run in the third and another run in the fifth, trailed 3-2 before a solo home run by Jake Lund and a two-run double by Jeff Marjamaa gave the Snurdbirds a 5-3 lead in the seventh. Midway then scored seven runs in the eighth and added another run in the ninth to seal the win. The Snurdbirds belted out 16 hits with Shane Hendrickson going 4 for 6 with a pair of doubles, two runs
Winning championships at three positions helped the Park Rapids girls tennis team open the season by winning a tournament title. Julie Renner took first at No. 3 singles, Karly Dickinson and Allie Girtz won the title at No. 1 doubles, and Bonnie Baumgartner and Lexi Burlingame finished first at No. 2 doubles as the Panthers topped Saturday's eight-team Park Rapids Invitational.
When Tyler Lehrke began playing hockey at the age of 7, his dream was to become a professional hockey player. That dream has come true. Lehrke signed to play for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League, which is a mid-level professional minor hockey league. The Killer Bees play at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. "Tyler is a kid that I targeted as soon as our 2009-10 season ended," said Killer Bees head coach Chris Brooks in a press release. "I've seen him play since he was 15. He fits with the culture of our team.
Oliver Haugland of Plymouth and Traci Schuch of Janesville captured the men's and women's titles at Sunday's 17th annual Fish Hook Challenge half-marathon. Haugland covered the 13.1-mile course around Fish Hook Lake in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 36 seconds to lead the 18-runner men's field while Schuch finished the course in 1:36:46 to lead the 13-runner women's field. A 5K run followed the half-marathon with Park Rapids' John Puckropp claiming the men's title in 18:22 and Barbara Arntson of East Grand Forks winning the women's title in 19:43. The annual race is sponsored by the Itascatur Ski,
For the fourth time in the last five years, Shelly Miller was able to coast down the stretch to win the women's club championship at Headwaters Country Club. Miller shot an 87 during Saturday's first 18 holes to carry an 18-shot lead over Kim Rasmussen, a 19-shot lead over Jan Husby and a 23-stroke advantage over Peg Heeren into Sunday's final 18 holes. Despite shooting a 93 Sunday, Miller was able to extend her lead, finishing with a two-day total of 180 and a 23-stroke advantage over Rasmussen, who fired a 98 for a two-day total of 203.
Ryan Steinert needed a late rally Sunday to win his first men's club championship at Headwaters Country Club. Steinert trailed Taylor Schroeder by five strokes with five holes to play before closing with a birdie and four pars to claim the men's title by one stroke. An even-par 36 on the final nine holes gave Steinert a 45-hole total of 190 to edge Schroeder's 191 and Jeff Falk's 193. A total of 20 men teed off Saturday for the first 18 holes, which resulted in a three-way tie for first as Schroeder, Steve Brown and Jim Emerson opened with 76s.
Close losses to Fergus Falls and New York Mills ended Park Rapids' run to win the State Intact Babe Ruth Tournament title. Park Rapids opened the double-elimination age 13-15 state baseball tournament with a 6-4 loss to Fergus Falls Thursday and was eliminated with a 9-5 loss to New York Mills Friday at Fergus Falls. In the opener against Fergus Falls, Park Rapids led 4-3 after two innings before Fergus Falls scored twice in the third and once in the fourth. A single by Chris Goplerud, a walk to Drew Bade and a single by Kyle Goplerud led to two Park Rapids runs in the first before walks
When Corey Hill became the head coach of the Park Rapids girls track and field team in 2004, his long-range goal was to build the Panthers into one of the premier teams in the state. That goal was accomplished this spring. During the first six meets, the Panthers won four titles and finished second the other two times. Park Rapids then won the Section 6A True Team title and finished fifth at the state Class A True Team meet. The Panthers followed a runner-up finish at the Mid-State Conference meet by winning the Subsection 8-29A title for the fifth year in a row.