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A balanced attack led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to the title at Thursday’s May Day Invitational at Walker. The Panthers won six events, added five runner-up finishes and had five third-place efforts to compile 167 points to top the nine-team field. In the boys meet, the Panthers used five winning performances and five runner-up finishes to earn runner-up honors with 115 points.
Derek Porozinski drove in eight runs and pitched a complete game in leading the Park Rapids baseball team to a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep at Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday. Porozinski went 3 for 4 with five RBI and threw a three-hitter as the Panthers won the opener 8-4. A three-run homer by Porozinski sparked a five-run first inning to help complete the sweep with a 6-5 win in the second game in the Panthers’ conference debut. In the first game, a double by Riley Massie and a singl
Mariana Dearstyne earned medalist honors in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to first place at the second Northern Pines Conference meet. Dearstyne carded a 43 to lead the field Thursday at Walker’s Tianna Country Club to lead the Panthers to a 147 team score.
Two state track champions will be the newest members inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Paul Carter and Frank Schaap will be honored during the Park Rapids All Sports Banquet on May 20. Carter won the title in the mile run at the 1973 state Class A boys track and field meet by breaking the school record with a time of 4:30.20.
An offensive explosion kept the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team undefeated on the season. The Panthers capitalized on 33 hits (including four home runs), 29 walks and 15 errors to score 41 runs to capture the title at last Saturday’s Park Rapids Invitational at Olson Fields. Park Rapids opened with a 10-0 five-inning victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and used a 15-hit attack to spark a 14-1 six-inning victory over Pine River-Backus in the semifinals.
Nevis’ Gunnar Netteberg shared medalist honors with a 39 while Walker-Hackensack-Akeley claimed the team title with a four-player score of 169 in the Northern Pines Conference boys golfing opener Thursday at Bears Den. Park Rapids finished third in their first conference meet with a 189 behind Jackson Leckner’s 44, a pair of 47s by Matt DeLaHunt and Jacob Gruis, and 51s by Jacob Bittmann and Luke Kosel. Nevis followed in fourth place with a 195 as Dylan Spain-Brist’s 51, Dylan Queenan’s 52 and Sam Wiewel’s 53 rounded o
Scott Kramer couldn’t have asked for a better season from the Nevis boys basketball team. The combination of returning veterans and three key varsity newcomers led the Tigers to their most successful season in school history. Seniors Gavin Becker, Courtland Chase and Brett Byer and sophomore Griffin Chase were counted on to lead the Tigers as the returning veterans while senior Kevin Hale (a transfer from Nashwauk-Keewatin) and eighth grader Michael Landquist joined the starting lineup.
A 14-run inning and three runs in extra innings helped the Nevis baseball team open the Northland Conference schedule with a pair of wins. The Tigers scored 14 times in the first inning to spark a 21-4 victory over Kelliher-Northome last Tuesday and prevailed 8-7 in nine innings against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday. Victor Mastley went 3 for 4 with two runs while Brett Byer and Courtland Chase both went 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBI to lead the Tigers past Kelliher.
Mariena Dearstyne’s 95 led the Park Rapids girls golf team to fourth place with a 439 at last Wednesday’s Moorhead Invitational at the Moorhead Country Club. Dana McDonald and Alyza Edevold carded 112s and Drew Hilmanowski’s 120 rounded out the Panthers’ team score. Moorhead’s Mandy Boyle earned medalist honors with a 75 while Detroit Lakes claimed the team title with a 346.
Pillager and New York Mills handed the Menahga baseball team a pair of Park Region Conference losses last week. Pillager scored six runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth inning to spark an 11-6 win over the Braves on Thursday. Singles by Al Pietila and Charles Haataja led to Menahga’s first run in the fourth while three walks, singles by Charlie Steidler-Thompson, and a run-scoring grounder by Pietila sparked a four-run fifth.