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Crosby-Ironton capitalized on five Park Rapids errors to score 11 unearned runs in sweeping a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Crosby. Three errors led to six unearned runs as the Rangers won the first game 9-8 and two errors led to five unearned runs as C-I completed the sweep with a 9-8 victory in the second game. A five-run fourth inning gave the Panthers a 7-5 lead in the first game before the Rangers scored four unearned runs in their final two at bats to rally for the win. An RBI single by Kevin McMorrow sparked a two-run third before doubles by Dan Ricke and C
Jeremy Anderson said pitching would dictate the success of the Park Rapids baseball team this season. The pitching staff delivered in the season openers Friday and Saturday as the Panthers claimed runner-up honors at the 15th annual Park Rapids Tournament. Park Rapids' pitching staff allowed only 13 hits and four earned runs while striking out 26 batters and walking only 11.
For the second year in a row, Lake of the Woods prevented the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team from winning its own tournament title. LOW, which defeated Park Rapids 7-6 in last year's title game, defended its title with an 11-4 victory over the Panthers in Saturday's championship game of this 11th annual tournament at Olson Fields. Park Rapids advanced to the championship game by defeating Crookston 9-1 in the quarterfinals and Pine River-Backus 12-2 in six innings in the semifinals.
A year ago, the Park Rapids boys golf team entered the season with low numbers and little varsity experience. The Panthers are in a similar situation this spring. Of the 16 golfers who played in a varsity meet last season, only seven return this spring. In addition, head coach Jim Weinzierl has only 13 golfers in grades 9-12 competing this spring. Those low numbers and lack of varsity experience will provide a challenge for the Panthers. "Our numbers are down," said Weinzierl.
Alex Renner's win at No. 1 singles provided the only point for the Park Rapids boys tennis team in a triangular meet at Bemidji Thursday. Grand Rapids lost only six games in seven matches in a 7-0 victory over the Panthers in the first match. Renner won a tiebreaker in Park Rapids' 6-1 loss to Bemidji in the second match. Grand Rapids 7, Park Rapids 0 No. 1 singles: Jared Sherman, GR, over Alex Renner 6-1, 6-0. No. 2 singles: Conor Hoolihan, GR, over Scott Smith 6-1, 6-0. No. 3 singles: Austin Stefanich, GR, over Jonah Pearson 6-0, 6-0. No.
Victoria Lutz and Hannah Wolff won individual events to lead the Park Rapids girls track and field team to runner-up honors at Friday's Perham Invitational. Lutz clocked a winning time of 2:28.00 in the 800-meter run while Wolff won the triple jump with a distance of 31 feet, 11 inches. The Panthers' 4 x 100 relay team of Shannon Taylor, Justine Rittgers, Grace Bateman and Mady Vaudrin also took first with a time of 55.42. Adding runner-up finishes for the Panthers were Vaudrin in the 100 dash (13.10), Lydia Lutz in the 3,200 (11:56.00), and the 4 x 400 relay team of Victoria Lutz, Wolff
Scott Kramer expected the Nevis boys basketball team to have a successful season. Challenging for the Northland Conference and Section 5A West titles and going 22-7 overall lived up to Kramer's high expectations. "I was extremely pleased with the success of our season," said Kramer. "I was proud of the guys and the way that we worked hard every day and the way that we competed." The Tigers set the tone for the season early by winning their first eight games.
Jeff Renner is looking for the Park Rapids boys tennis team to have a similar season to last spring. A year ago, the Panthers tied for the Mid-State Conference title and finished 6-9 in dual meets. The return of six starters gives Renner the foundation for putting another competitive unit out on the courts. Leading the Panthers this spring will be the six returning letterwinners: seniors Max Brown, Kyle Dickinson, James Kujawa and Steve Smith; junior Alex Renner; and sophomore Scott Smith. Steve Smith had a 5-7 record at No. 3 singles and also played some doubles. Smith was the No.
Tyler Lehrke's junior season as a member of the Bemidji State University men's hockey team may have been his most memorable, but his senior season was his most productive. Lehrke, a 2004 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, capped off his collegiate career at BSU by tying for fifth place on the team in scoring with 24 points.
Last season the Park Rapids girls golf team had its most successful season since 2001. This year the Panthers have the potential to do even better. A year ago, the Panthers shot under 400 seven times, highlighted by a 370 at Blueberry Pines. That was the Panthers' lowest team score since carding a 355 in 1981. Park Rapids ended the season by shooting a 393 to finish third at the Subsection 8AA meet and followed with a 392 to place fifth at the Section 8AA meet.