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Jeff Overmyer was looking for the Park Rapids girls basketball team to finish with a .500 record in his first season as head coach. Even though the Panthers just missed accomplishing that goal, Overmyer was happy with the Panthers' first-round win in the Section 8AA playoffs and 12-14 overall record.
Emma Miller and Jack Christenson clocked winning times to lead the Park Rapids track and field teams at Tuesday's Aurora Borealis Invitational indoor meet at Bemidji State University.
Park Rapids' Mady Vaudrin completed her junior indoor season by competing in the sprints for the Minnesota State University Moorhead women's track and field team. Vaudrin ran in seven meets for the Dragons, opening the season by placing sixth in the 200 in 27.94 and 15th in the 60 in 8.51 at the Dakota Classic at North Dakota State on Dec. 2. At the Bison Classic at NDSU on Jan. 14, Vaudrin competed in two individual events by placing 12th in the 60 in 8.62 and 14th in the 200 in 27.97. Vaudrin also helped the 4 x 400 relay team place 11th in 4:25.86.
With a pitch count being implemented this season, new head coach Dan Etter is stressing the importance of throwing strikes to the pitching staff of the Park Rapids baseball team. Last season, the pitching staff allowed 98 walks and hit 15 batters in addition to giving up 118 hits and 142 runs. A 5.59 team ERA resulted in a 4-4 record in Mid-State Conference play and a 10-11 overall record.
Andrew Lachowitzer is counting on the Park Rapids boys track and field team to be represented at the state Class A meet this season. Last season, the Panthers just missed being represented at state with four third-place finishes at the Section 8A meet. This year, Lachowitzer is counting on the Panthers to move up a spot and earn at least one state berth.
Corey Hill will be relying on six proven seniors and juniors and a group of talented younger athletes to lead the Park Rapids girls track and field team to another successful season.
With eight regulars returning from last year's record-setting season, head coach Marion Goeden has high expectations for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team this spring.
Park Rapids' Tea Nyland and Kayla Andersen had solid freshmen seasons for the Minnesota State University Moorhead women's swimming team. Nyland capped off the season by earning all-conference honors and helping the Dragons finish third at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships at Rochester on Feb. 7-10 with 734 points. St. Cloud State won the conference title with 1,069 points while Minnesota State Mankato was second in the seven-team field with 867 points.
An improved offense helped the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team fulfill the main goal of the season. The Panthers scored 71 goals this season, which was 20 more than a year ago. That led to Park Rapids earning the No. 4 seed and a home game for the Section 8A playoffs. Park Rapids took advantage of home ice with a 6-0 win over No. 5 Detroit Lakes in a section quarterfinal game before falling to No. 1 Warroad 12-0 in the semifinals to end the season with a 9-16-1 overall record.
Jack Christenson, Adam Jacobi, Seth Breitweser and Jake Reish teamed up to provide the main highlight in the season opener for the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams Tuesday. Those four clocked a winning time of 9:19.94 in the 4 x 800-meter relay to lead Panthers at the Little Amik Invitational at Bemidji State University. That winning effort helped Park Rapids finish eighth in the boys team standings with 24 points. Christenson also took fourth in the 400 dash in 55.51 as the Panthers placed in six events. The top-eight finishers in each event scored points.