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A sizzling round on the front side Sunday sparked Troy Johnson and Tim Hamm to the title in the annual 2-Man Best Ball/Scramble Tournament at Headwaters Country Club. Johnson and Hamm used a 10-under par 26 on the first nine holes of Sunday's scramble play to card a 58 for a two-day total of 127. Clint Cornell and Matt Schneider finished second with a 128. The eventual winners faced a four-stroke deficit after finishing Saturday's 18 holes of best ball play with a 69. Mike Cleland and Andy Cleland shot a 31 on the back side with three birdies and an eagle on No.
Katie Kristofferson capped off her senior season with two solid rounds at the state Class AA girls golf tournament. The Park Rapids senior followed an 87 Tuesday with a 91 Wednesday at Jordan's The Ridges at Sand Creek course to finish in a tie for 38th place with a 178. Kristofferson made her state debut with rounds of 41 and 46 for an 87 on Tuesday to share 33rd place out of 88 golfers. Detroit Lakes eighth grader Kate Smith carded a 2-under par 70 for a five-shot lead over Minnewaska senior Brianna Janu, who shot a 75.
After qualifying 10 individuals in nine events, Corey Hill thought the Park Rapids girls track and field team had a chance to win the state Class A title. The Panthers managed to score points in five events and ended up tying for 13th place with 21 points. That was Park Rapids' best showing at state since placing ninth with 24 points in 1998. Senior Lydia Lutz finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run during Friday's finals at Hamline University in St. Paul while the Panthers placed in four events during Saturday's finals.
Park Rapids' Forrest Drury and Isaac Overmyer fulfilled their goals by earning medals while Austin Carlson gained valuable experience at the state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Drury tied for sixth place in the pole vault, Overmyer finished ninth in the 3,200-meter run, and Carlson finished 13th in the 400 dash and 20th in the 200 dash on Friday. Those efforts gave the Panthers 3.50 points for 57th place in the team standings.
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt capped off his senior season by winning his fifth consecutive state medal in the 3,200-meter run. Schuldt finished third in that race during Friday's state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University with a time of 9:29.11. Foley junior Charlie Lawrence was first in 9:22.92 and Proctor junior Matt Welch was second in 9:23.44. Schuldt also competed in the 1,600 run, finishing 11th in 4:30.88 during Saturday's finals.
Park Rapids' Ian Johnson carded an 83 at Monday's Section 8AA boys golf tournament at Longbow Golf Course near Walker to miss qualifying for the state tournament by six strokes. Detroit Lakes won the section title with a 308 behind a pair of 75s by Austin Rusness and Karter Schmidt. Fergus Falls took second with a 313. Bagley's Aaron Leintz earned medalist honors with a 71.
Both the Park Rapids girls and boys track and field teams had high expectations entering last Saturday's Section 8A meet at East Grand Forks. The Panthers entered the section meet with 13 athletes favored to qualify for state in 12 events.
Katie Kristofferson always believed she had the ability to qualify for the state Class AA girls golf tournament. The Park Rapids senior accomplished her goal in her final attempt Monday at Longbow Golf Course near Walker. Kristofferson, who qualified for her fourth section meet by carding a season-best 81 during the subsection tournament, claimed the final state berth by winning a sudden-death playoff after carding a 91. Kristofferson went from having tears of sorrow to tears of joy in earning her first state berth. After being the last group on the course, Kristofferson thought she wa
Going into Saturday's Section 8A meet, Corey Hill expected the Park Rapids girls track and field team to repeat as champions and qualify for the state Class A meet in nine events. Mission accomplished. The Panthers easily lived up to those expectations by running away with the team title with 123 points and advancing 10 individuals in nine events to state. Entering the section meet, seniors Summer Ellefson (in the 400-meter dash), Shelby Pierce (in the 800 run) and Lydia Lutz (in the 3,200 run) were favored to qualify for state in their individual events.
Patrick Deegan liked the chances of the Park Rapids boys track and field team to finish in the top five spots and advance to state in four events at Saturday's Section 8A meet at East Grand Forks. The Panthers lived up to their coach's expectations. Led by sophomore Austin Carlson's winning time in the 400-meter dash and runner-up finishes by Carlson in the 200 dash, freshman Isaac Overmyer in the 3,200 run and senior Forrest Drury in the pole vault, the Panthers qualified for the state Class A meet in four events and finished fourth in the team standings with 54.50 points. "I thought we