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At last year's state Class A girls track and field True Team meet, Park Rapids' six seniors provided the leadership for a fifth-place finish. With no seniors on this year's team, the Panthers remembered what they learned from Heather Goodwater, Nikki Knott, Victoria Lutz, Kyja Penning, Shannon Taylor and Hannah Wolff. Despite being the only one of nine teams without a senior on the roster, the Panthers managed to improve on last year's showing by moving up to fourth place during a rainy state meet at Stillwater. The Panthers used a pair of winning performances by Lydia Lutz in the distan
A Mid-State Conference split at Pequot Lakes Friday snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Park Rapids baseball team. After dropping an 11-2 decision to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Thursday and seeing Pequot Lakes rally for an 8-7 victory in the first game Friday, the Panthers returned to the win column with an 8-5 victory over Pequot Lakes in Friday's second game. The Panthers, who were awarded wins in the first two games of the season when Staples-Motley used an ineligible player, fell to 6-12 on the season with a 13-9 loss to Fergus Falls Monday. Park Rapids, which hosted Nevis Tuesd
Katie Kristofferson tuned up for the upcoming section tournaments by carding the best round of her career Thursday. The Park Rapids junior shot an 81 to claim medalist honors at the Northern Pines Invitational at Long Bow Golf Course, which is the site of the Section 8AA tournament on June 2. Mariena Dearstyne's 100, Tonya Melott's 102 and Katie Walsh's 106 led the Panthers to a 389 team score for runner-up honors in this nine-team meet. Fosston claimed the team title with a 377 while Nevis was third with a 457.
At the beginning of the season, Jim Weinzierl said the Park Rapids boys golf team had the potential to have four golfers shoot rounds in the low 80s at the same meet. That's what the Panthers did at Headwaters Country Club Monday as an 82 by Bailey Mueller, a pair of 83s by Ed Carlson and Dustin Bethel, and an 84 by Ian Johnson led to a 332 team score and third place at the Mid-State Conference tournament. The 332 was the Panthers' best team score at the conference tournament since carding a 331 for runner-up honors in 1999. Detroit Lakes won the team title with a 306 while Staples-Motle
After posting their best score of the season at Staples last Saturday, the members of the Park Rapids girls golf team followed by posting their best score at the Mid-State Conference meet in three decades. The Panthers carded a 376 to finish eighth at last Saturday's 18-team Staples-Motley Invitational. That was the Panthers' best round of the season. On Monday, the Panthers topped that mark by shooting a 374 to finish fourth at the Mid-State Conference meet at Headwaters Country Club.
Eight members of the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams earned all-conference honors with winning efforts at Tuesday's Mid-State Conference meet at Staples. Summer Ellefson, Lydia Lutz and Shelby Pierce claimed individual titles and joined Lora Remus on the winning 4 x 800-meter relay team as the Panthers finished second in the girls meet. Lutz won the 1,600 run in 5:32.70, Ellefson won the 400 dash in 1:01.34 and Pierce won the 800 run in 2:25.58. Those three joined Remus in the 4 x 800 relay, which led the field with a winning time of 9:52.20.
For the third time this season, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team rebounded from a late-inning loss to earn a split in a doubleheader. Thief River Falls scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 7-6 win in the first game Tuesday at Thief River Falls. The Panthers rebounded from that loss to salvage a split with a 6-4 win in the second game. In the opener, doubles by Ashley Domino and Bailee Jerger gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Thief River Falls carried a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning when the Panthers reclaimed the lead by scoring f
The Park Rapids boys tennis team closed out the regular season with a pair of 6-1 losses to Crookston and East Grand Forks at Crookston Tuesday. Alex Renner prevailed in straight sets at No. 1 singles for the Panthers' only win against Crookston. In the dual against East Grand Forks, Iain Wallace and Zack Tretbar won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles for Park Rapids' only victory. Renner lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles. Jeff Renner's team ended the regular season with a 2-12 record in dual meets. The Panthers, who received the No.
Thief River Falls scored three times in the fifth and three times in the sixth to rally for a 6-4 win over the Park Rapids baseball team Tuesday at Thief River Falls. Doubles by Levi Erickson, Cory Odland and Christian Ridlon and an RBI single by Ryan Peterson gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead in the first inning. A double by Jordan Eischens and an RBI single by Zach Eystad pushed the Panthers' lead to 4-0 in the fourth. After the Prowlers cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth, Reed Helling's bases-clearing triple with two outs in the sixth gave Thief River Falls the lead. Singles by Eystad,
Another talented group of senior athletes will be honored at the 34th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet next Wednesday night (May 25) at the Area High School gym. One of the main highlights of the evening will be the naming of the 2011 Female Student Athlete and Male Student Athlete and the 2011 Outstanding Male Athlete and Outstanding Female Athlete.