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The Park Rapids girls track and field team finished in the top 3 spots for the third time in three indoor meets at Bemidji State University Friday. Led by Grace Bateman's first-place finish in the pole vault and runner-up finish in the 200-meter hurdles, the Panthers compiled 78 points to place third at the Beaver Relays. Bemidji took first with 169.50 points while Bagley/Fosston was second with 81.50 points in this 15-team indoor meet at BSU.
Alex Renner and Mitch Fossen pushed their matches into three sets as the Park Rapids boys tennis team dropped 7-0 decisions to Grand Rapids and Bemidji at Bemidji Thursday. Grand Rapids won all seven matches against the Panthers in straight sets. Renner lost in three sets at No. 1 singles and Fossen lost in three sets at No. 4 singles in the Panthers' 7-0 loss to Bemidji. Park Rapids, which fell to 0-3 in dual meets, is scheduled to host Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday afternoon in a Mid-State Conference dual. Grand Rapids 7, Park Rapids 0 No.
The graduation of eight varsity players has the Park Rapids boys tennis team entering a rebuilding season this spring. With only senior Alex Renner, juniors Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen, and sophomore Chris Shaw returning from last year's varsity team, the Panthers will be relying on first-year varsity players to put a competitive lineup on the courts. Renner returns at No. 1 singles after posting a 14-8 record in singles last season. Renner was the Mid-State Conference runner-up at No.
After seeing Staples-Motley rally for a 17-16 win in the opener, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team rallied for a 6-4 win in the second game to split a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday. This game was scheduled to be played at Staples, but wet field conditions moved the game to Park Rapids, which was the visiting team despite playing at home. In the first game, the Panthers carried a 16-11 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning before the Cardinals scored six times to rally for the win. The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Ashley Domino's two-run
Jeremy Hoemberg and Alex Jansson pitched shutouts in leading Staples-Motley to a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader sweep at Park Rapids in the season opener Tuesday. Hoemberg allowed five hits and struck out nine as the Cardinals won the opener 11-0 in five innings. Jansson followed with a four-hit, eight-strikeout performance as Staples-Motley completed the sweep with a 3-0 win in the second game. In the opener, the Cardinals scored four runs on two hits in the first inning, added three runs on two hits in the second inning, and scored three runs on no hits in the fourth inning
Entering the season, the biggest concern for head coach Jeremy Anderson is who will step up and deliver on the mound for the Park Rapids baseball team. The Panthers graduated their top four pitchers from a team that finished with a 9-12 overall record, including a 4-8 mark in Mid-State Conference play.
Three runner-up finishes in the relays led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to a third-place finish at last Tuesday's Little Amik II Invitational at Bemidji State University. The Panthers compiled 61 points to trail Bemidji's 98.50 and Bagley/Fosston's 77 in this 22-team meet. In the boys meet, the Panthers placed in all three relays to finish 20th with 7 points. Park Rapids ended up placing in 12 events in contending for the girls title. The 4 x 800-meter relay team of Lora Remus, Shelby Pierce, Summer Ellefson and Lydia Lutz took second in 10:18.47.
Over the past 13 seasons, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team has posted a winning record 12 times. Head coach Marion Goeden is counting on the Panthers to continue that winning tradition this spring. Fulfilling that goal could be a challenge since the Panthers return only four starters from last year's team that finished with an 18-7 overall record, including a 9-3 mark for runner-up honors in the Mid-State Conference standings. Leading the Panthers this spring will be the four returning starters: seniors Alyssa Carlson, Ashley Domino and Anna Grimes and junior Olivia Vaadeland. C
Park Rapids' Tyler Lehrke had a solid season in his professional debut for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees hockey team. Lehrke, a 2004 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, scored nine goals and had 11 assists for 20 points in 50 games for the Killer Bees this season. Lehrke finished 10th on the team in scoring as Rio Grande Valley compiled a 25-35-6 record for eighth place in the Berry Conference standings. Rio Grande, which is located in Hildalgo, Texas, claimed the final playoff spot in the Berry Conference and was eliminated by Allen, the No.
Park Rapids' Christian Ridlon and Chris Goplerud were among 22 players named to this year's Mid-State Conference boys basketball team. Ridlon, a senior center, earned all-conference honors after averaging 10.9 points and 7.7 rebounds a game in the 10 conference games. Ridlon tallied 109 points, 77 rebounds, 18 steals and nine assists in conference play. Ridlon had a double-double (17 points, 15 rebounds) against Wadena-Deer Creek and scored 24 points against Crosby-Ironton. Goplerud, a sophomore forward, averaged 4.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in conference play.