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After not being able to capitalize on nine hits in a 5-4 loss in the first game, the Park Rapids baseball team rebounded by pounding out 19 hits in a 15-1 five-inning win in the second game to salvage a split with Staples-Motley in the Mid-State Conference opener Friday at the Area High School field. In the opener, James Ehresman's RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning gave the Cardinals the win.
The Park Rapids boys tennis team picked up wins at No. 1 singles, No. 2 doubles and No. 3 doubles during a triangular meet at Perham Friday afternoon. Connor Shaw won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles, Gunnar Larson and Jacob Gruis won in straight sets at No. 2 doubles, and Peter Van Batavia and Ashton Clark prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles in a 4-3 loss to Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls won the other four matches in straight sets.
Park Rapids Area High School senior Chase Brand concluded his first season as a member of the Brookings Blizzard Tier II Junior hockey team by scoring 23 points as a forward.
Head coach Tom Smith is counting on hard work during practice to translate into success during meets for the United North Central boys and girls track and field teams. Being counted on to lead the Warriors this season are the nine returning letterwinners: senior Jake Clements (pole vault, sprints) and Anna Olson (distances); junior Kaylee Eckman (hurdles, high jump); sophomores Annika Aho (pole vault, 1,600), Rachel Cross (3,200), Chelsey Koebernick (shot put, discus), Madison Weaver (sprints) and Blake Schoon (pole vault, sprints); and freshman Annie Lake (pole vault, 400, 800).
Another offensive explosion led to another easy win for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. The Panthers pounded out 17 hits and used a 13-run first inning to power past Pelican Rapids 21-1 in four innings Tuesday at Pelican Rapids.
The return of 11 letterwinners and the addition of several promising athletes have head coach Ed Heltunen expecting a successful season from the Nevis boys and girls track and field teams.
Two athletes who went on to play at the NCAA Division I level will become the newest members of the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Tyler Lehrke and Janessa (Wolff) Green, who were outstanding high school athletes at Park Rapids before moving on to compete at the collegiate level, will be inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame during the 40th annual All-Sports Banquet on Wednesday, May 24.
Tate Usher earned medalist honors with a 4-over par 40 as the Park Rapids boys golf team led the field at Tuesday's Northern Pines Conference meet at Walker's Tianna Country Club. Bjorn Jorgenson finished third with a 44, Jacob Bittmann carded a 46, and Jackson Leckner and Justin Dravis carded 50s as the Panthers finished with a four-golfer score of 180 to take first for the third time in three conference meets. Luke Kosel carded a 52 to round out Park Rapids' lineup.
The Nevis baseball team belted out 28 hits and scored 18 runs to defeat Bagley 8-7 Friday and Isle 10-3 Saturday at the Nevis tournament. Bagley led 6-2 before the Tigers scored four times in the fourth to tie the game and twice in the seventh to pull off the win.
The 4 x 800-meter relay team for the Park Rapids boys track team remained undefeated on the season while Paige Johnson and Jaiden McCollum turned in winning performances in the field events for the Park Rapids girls at Friday's Anderson-Cole Invitational at Perham. Seth Breitweser, Bryce James, Jack Christenson and Adam Jacobi won the 4 x 800 relay in 8:45.50 as the Panthers finished fifth in the team standings with 53.50 points. Perham took first in the nine-team field with 191 points.