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A pair of 81s by Ian Johnson and Bailey Mueller led the Park Rapids boys golf team to a 339 team score and ninth-place finish in the season-opening Detroit Lakes Invitational at Wildflower Tuesday. Jamie Stewart's 87 and Wyatt Derman's 90 rounded out the Panthers' team score while Ryan DeLaHunt's 91 and Dustin Bethel's 92 rounded out the Panthers' lineup. Nick Forsberg earned medalist honors with a 73 in leading Staples-Motley to the team title with a 309.
Taking first place in six events and scoring points in the other 12 events led the Park Rapids boys track and field team to a first-place finish at Tuesday's Park Rapids Lions Invitational at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers used a balanced attack to compile 172 points to lead the seven-team field in their home debut.
Taking first in nine events and having at least three individuals place in seven different running events sparked the Park Rapids girls track and field team to the title at Tuesday's Park Rapids Lions Invitational at Vern Weekley Field. The Panthers, who were coming off a first-place finish at Perham, dominated the running events in compiling 219.50 points to top the eight-team field in their home debut.
For the eighth time in 15 tries, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team captured the title at its own tournament. The Panthers defeated Perham 16-5 in five innings, Bagley 11-3 and Norman County West 7-0 Saturday at Olson Fields to win the tournament title for the first time since 2007. Bagley defeated Pine River-Backus 7-1 for third place, Perham defeated East Grand Forks 4-3 for fifth place and Crookston defeated Nevis 8-6 for seventh place in this eight-team tournament. The three wins lifted Park Rapids to 4-0 on the season entering Thursday's home game with Perham. Panthers defeat
A pair of four-run innings led the Park Rapids baseball team to a pair of victories at the 17th annual Park Rapids Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Panthers scored four times in the fourth inning to spark a 5-2 win over Hawley in the first game Friday night.
The Park Rapids girls track and field team won 10 events and ran away with the title at Friday's Perham Invitational. The Panthers swept all four relays en route to compiling 177 points in the seven-team girls meet. In the boys meet, Austin Carlson won the 400-meter dash as the Panthers finished third out of nine teams with 76 points.
Nick Lopez's runner-up finish at No. 4 singles led the Park Rapids boys tennis team to a seventh-place finish at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. The Panthers added three sixth-place finishes by Mitch Fossen and Scott Smith at No. 1 doubles, Josh Johnson and Jaden Olson at No. 2 doubles, and Iain Wallace and Jackson Kimball at No. 3 doubles. Park Rapids tallied 7 points in this eight-team meet.
After graduating two players who scored more than 1,000 points, Jeremy Nordick was looking for two players to take over the scoring role for the Menahga boys basketball team this season. Senior Markus Tolkkinen and junior Tanner Schwartz stepped up to the challenge. The Braves had to replace the scoring punch of Tom Gruchow and Kasey Tyge, who both surpassed 1,000 career points last season.
Tadd Usher knows what it takes to be a successful golfer. The new head coach of the Park Rapids boys golf team is counting on his experience playing competitive golf to help his golfers find success on the links. In high school, Usher qualified for the state Class A tournament twice as a member of the United North Central boys golf team.
The Park Rapids boys tennis team made its season debut with a 7-0 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Tuesday afternoon at the Depot Courts. Mitch Fossen and Scott Smith won the first set at No. 1 doubles before falling in a third-set tiebreaker while Chris Shaw forced a second-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles to lead the way for the Panthers. LPGE, which opened the season with a 7-0 loss to Foley, won the other five matches in straight sets to improve to 1-1 in duals. LPGE 7, Park Rapids 0 No. 1 singles: Laine Larson, LPGE, over Chris Shaw 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). No.