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Alex Renner tied for first place at No. 1 singles to lead the Park Rapids boys tennis team at Thursday's Mid-State Conference tournament at the Depot Courts and Century School courts. Renner, the No. 2 seed, defeated Perham's Jordan Cresap, lost to Staples-Motley's Tom Zoellner and defeated Detroit Lakes' Jesse Meyer to share first place in this round-robin format. Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen finished third at No. 1 doubles while Matt Sullivan took fourth at No. 4 singles. Chris Shaw (at No. 2 singles), Jeff Dickinson (at No. 3 singles), Calvin Bateman and Steven Osterman (at No.
Combining 19 walks with 29 hits helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team extend its winning streak with a doubleheader sweep at Pelican Rapids Thursday. The Panthers belted out 13 hits and drew 13 walks en route to a 21-3 six-inning victory in the first game. Park Rapids completed the sweep as 16 hits and six walks led to a 13-5 win in the second game. In the opener, the Panthers scored 11 runs in the first inning and 10 runs in the sixth inning for the win. Katie Just had an RBI single and two-run single while Alyssa Carlson had a pair of RBI singles in the 11-run first inning.
Ian Johnson's 87 led the Park Rapids boys golf team to eighth place at Wednesday's Crosby-Ironton/Pequot Lakes Invitational at Deacon's Lodge. Dustin Bethel's 89, Ed Carlson's 90 and Jeff Jacobson's 94 rounded out the Panthers' 360 team score. Frank Moren's 89, Ty Meech's 93, Lane Hillukka's 96 and Noah Hendrickson's 97 led United North Central to 10th place with a 374. Nevis finished 11th with a 380 behind Kyle Magnuson's 86, Daniel Stacey's 96, Matt Halik's 98 and AJ Pappas' 100.
Park Rapids' first baseball coach and Park Rapids' first female to qualify for state in three different sports will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame during this year's All Sports Banquet on May 25 at the Area High School gym. Don (Mac) McDowell and Allison (Reich) Kallevig will be the 12th and 13th members of the Hall of Fame.
Last season, the Park Rapids girls track and field team needed a strong finish to edge Breckenridge for the Section 6A True Team title. On Tuesday at Glyndon, the Panthers used a strong finish to run away from Breckenridge to repeat as True Team champs. A year ago, the Panthers compiled 905 points to edge Breckenridge's 902 total. This year, the Panthers scored 902 points to defend the title as Breckenridge finished second in this 17-team meet with 860 points. "We're excited to repeat," said Park Rapids head coach Corey Hill. "I'm happy for the girls.
Even though the Park Rapids boys track and field team duplicated last year's eighth-place finish, Pat Deegan was pleased with the way his team performed at Tuesday's Section 6A True Team meet at Glyndon. A year ago, the Panthers compiled 532.50 points to finish in eighth place out of 17 teams. On Tuesday, the Panthers compiled 585.50 points to finish eighth out of 17 teams. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton won the team title with 939 points. Leading the Panthers was Herman Stieng, who finished second in the 400-meter dash in 53.26 and seventh in the 100 dash in 12.45.
The Park Rapids fastpitch softball team found three different ways to win three key games. A seven-run seventh inning rallied the Panthers to a 9-4 win at Bagley Monday and a six-run 10th inning sparked the Panthers to a 9-3 win at Perham in the first game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday.
Perham's pitching staff limited the Park Rapids baseball team to only two runs in sweeping a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday at Park Rapids. Three pitchers combined on a five-hitter as Perham won the first game 10-1.
Perham won two close matches to defeat the Park Rapids boys tennis team Monday. The Yellowjackets avenged a 4-3 loss to Park Rapids earlier this season by sweeping the three doubles matches and winning a close match at No. 3 singles. The Panthers won three of the four matches in singles play behind straight-set wins by Alex Renner at No. 1 singles, Scott Smith at No. 2 singles and Mitch Fossen at No. 4 singles. Chris Shaw lost a close match at No. 3 singles while Iain Wallace and Jaden Olson lost in three sets at No.
Shelby Pierce, Lydia Lutz and Grace Bateman won events as the Park Rapids girls track and field team finished fifth at Thursday's Detroit Lakes Eagles Invitational. Pierce won the 800-meter run in 2:25.65, Lutz won the 3,200 run in 12:08.03 and Bateman took first in the 300 hurdles in 48.74 as the Panthers compiled 69.50 points.