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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.
Four winning performances led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to third place at Tuesday’s Park Rapids Invitational. Detroit Lakes used 10 winning efforts to claim the title in this 10-team meet with 243.50 points.
One first-place finish and seven runner-up showings led the Park Rapids boys track and field team to runner-up honors at Tuesday’s Park Rapids Invitational. Detroit Lakes used a balanced attack to claim the team title with 176 points while the Panthers followed with 105.50 points to edge Crookston’s 105 points for second place. The 4 x 800-meter relay team of Tyler Breitweser, Adam Jacobi, Isaac Overmyer and Hunter Jewison claimed the Panthers’ only winning effort with a 9:04.50. Adding runn
A sweep in doubles sparked the Park Rapids boys tennis team to a 4-3 win over East Grand Forks Tuesday at the Depot Courts. The win snapped the Panthers’ 27-match losing streak in dual meets. The Panthers’ last dual win was a 4-3 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek in 2012. Jeff Dickinson and Nick Lopez rolled in straight sets at No. 1 doubles, Jackson Kimball and Jaden Olson coasted in straight sets at No. 2 doubles, and Alex Boyd and Marcus Hoyer won in straight sets at No.
A year ago, the Park Rapids boys golf team struggled to get four consistent scores and ended the season by falling short of qualifying for the Section 8AA tournament. Having to replace five key golfers from last year’s squad will provide a major challenge as the Panthers attempt to peak at the end of the season and secure a trip to the section meet. The Panthers hit a high mark last season by carding a 320 to win the title at the Park Rapids Invitational.
A pair of five-run innings sparked the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a 10-4 victory at Menahga last Friday. Menahga jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third on walks to Elyse Skoog and Leah Schwartz and Alayna Lake’s two-run double with two outs. Five hits led to five runs in the fourth as the Panthers took the lead. Singles by Lindsey Girtz and Kendra Anderson were followed by a two-run double by Nikki Eischens, an RBI double by Hope Johnson and a two-run home run by Brooke Jerger.
Pelican Rapids took advantage of six errors to hand the Park Rapids baseball team a 10-7 loss Tuesday. After the Vikings took a 2-0 lead in the first, the Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a single and stolen base by Chase Brand, an RBI double by Jordan McCollum, a single by Derek Porozinski and a single by Jon Burlingame. Pelican Rapids scored three times in the second for a 5-2 lead and added two more runs in the fourth for a 7-2 advantage. Damion Hanke reached on an er