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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.
Alex Renner prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles to account for Park Rapids' only win in a 6-1 Mid-State Conference boys tennis loss at Detroit Lakes Thursday. Scott Smith dropped a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles while Chris Shaw lost in a second-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles as the Panthers fell to 2-3 in conference matches and 2-9 overall. Detroit Lakes defeated the Panthers 5-2 earlier this season. Detroit Lakes 6, Park Rapids 1 No. 1 singles: Alex Renner, PR, over Jesse Meyer 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. 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.
Led by career bests by Mariena Dearstyne and Katie Walsh, the Park Rapids girls golf team reached a goal by carding a 380 at Thursday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational at Whitetail Run. Dearstyne led the way with an 89 and Walsh completed the team score with a 101 as the Panthers shot under 400 for the first time this season.
Four golfers shot rounds in the 80s in leading the Park Rapids boys golf team to its best team score of the season Friday at Headwaters Country Club. Ian Johnson's 82, Bailey Mueller's 83, Dustin Bethel's 87 and Nate Carlson's 88 led the Panthers to seventh place with a 340. All four shot their low round of the season in the 18-team Park Rapids Invitational. The Park Rapids Orange team shot a 398 led by Jeff Jacobson's 97, C.J. Hess' 98, Ryan DeLaHunt's 99 and Caleb Anderson's 104. Nevis finished ninth with a 350 as Kyle Magnuson finished sixth overall with a career best 74.
One of the goals of the Park Rapids girls golf team this season was to shoot a round under 400. The Panthers are closing in on that goal. Led by Katie Kristofferson's 88, Hannah Williams' 97, Mariena Dearstyne's 104 and Katie Walsh's 113, the Panthers just missed that mark with a season best 402 to finish sixth at Monday's Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Country Club. Walt Harrison's team carded a 403 in the previous meet. Pequot Lakes led the 14-team field with a 335 while Staples-Motley's Emily Israelson earned medalist honors with an 81.
For the second time this season, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team rebounded from a tough loss to salvage a Mid-State Conference split. In the season opener, Staples-Motley scored six runs in the seventh inning to rally for a 17-16 win. The Panthers rebounded to win the second game 6-4. On Tuesday, Detroit Lakes scored five times in the seventh inning to rally for an 8-7 win in the first game.