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Hannah Williams carded an 89 to lead the Park Rapids girls golf team to fifth place at Thursday's Section 8AA tournament at LongBow Golf Club. Mariena Dearstyne's 91, Katie Kristofferson's 99 and Katie Walsh's 102 completed Park Rapids' 381 team score.
The Park Rapids fastpitch softball team pounded out a season-high 19 hits to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek 14-8 Tuesday at Frazee and advance to the Section 8AA championship game. Fergus Falls, the No. 3 seed from the south half of the section, handed Park Rapids, the No. 3 seed from the north half of the section, its first loss of the tournament with a 16-10 victory in Tuesday's first game. The Panthers rebounded to defeat W-DC, the No. 5 seed from the south, in an elimination game. W-DC eliminated Detroit Lakes, the No.
Levi Erickson threw a five-hitter and the Park Rapids baseball team matched its season high with 15 hits in closing the regular season with a 12-3 victory over Bagley last Thursday. After Erickson gave up three runs in the top of the first, the Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the inning on singles by Sam Coborn and Erickson, walks to Dan Pike and Ryan Peterson, and a two-run single by Chris Goplerud. Two errors, an RBI triple by Nick Belfiori and an RBI single by Coborn gave the Panthers a 6-3 lead in the third. A five-run fourth inning put the Panthers in control.
The Park Rapids girls golf team fulfilled a goal by qualifying for the Section 8AA tournament Thursday at Warroad. Led by Mariena Dearstyne's 92 and Hannah Williams' 93, the Panthers carded a 393 to finish third in the north subsection meet. Katie Kristofferson's 96 and Katie Walsh's 112 rounded out the Panthers' team score. Roseau won the subsection title with a 362 while Crookston was second with a 377. East Grand Forks took fourth with a 397.
Solid defense and plenty of offense led the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team closer to the Section 8AA title. The Panthers, the No. 3 seed in the north half of the section, defeated No. 2 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 10-0 and No. 1 Detroit Lakes 5-3 Thursday at Thief River Falls to remain undefeated in section play. Park Rapids played Fergus Falls in a battle of undefeated teams Tuesday at Frazee. The loser of that game played the winner between Detroit Lakes and Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday.
Patrick Deegan thought the Park Rapids boys track and field team had a good chance to win the Subsection 8-29A title at Walker Thursday. Deegan didn't expect the Panthers to run away with their first subsection title since 2004. The Panthers (who finished second last season with 134 points) scored points in every event Thursday, highlighted by four winning efforts and six runner-up finishes, to compile 165 points.
Park Rapids' Alex Renner's bid to qualify for the state Class A boys tennis tournament was denied Thursday at the Depot Courts. Renner, the No. 3 seed in the Section 8A singles bracket, opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over No. 14 Dillon Shields of Perham last Tuesday and a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Ross Forney of Crookston in Thursday's quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Renner dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to No. 2 Logan Engelstad of Thief River Falls. No. 4 Ty Misialek of East Grand Forks defeated Renner 6-2, 7-5 in the third-place match. Engelstad defeated No.
Alyssa Carlson, Zac Haugland, Ashley Domino and Dan Pike were named the top athletes of the Class of 2011 at Wednesday's 34th annual Park Rapids All Sports Banquet at the Area High School gym. Carlson was named the 2011 Female Student Athlete, Haugland was named the 2011 Male Student Athlete, Domino was named the 2011 Outstanding Female Athlete and Pike was named the 2011 Outstanding Male Athlete. In addition to honoring those four seniors, Don "Mac" McDowell and Allison (Reich) Kallevig were inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame. Carlson was a four-year letterwinner and Mid-St
Thief River Falls used a 7-0 quarterfinal win over Park Rapids Monday to capture its eighth consecutive Section 8A boys tennis title. The Prowlers, who were ranked No. 5 in the latest state Class A poll, won all seven matches in straight sets. Alex Renner pushed Connor Hutton in a 7-5, 6-3 loss at No. 1 singles while Thief River Falls lost only two games in the other six matches. On Tuesday at Park Rapids' Depot Courts, Thief River Falls defeated Detroit Lakes 6-1 in the semifinals and Staples-Motley 6-1 in the finals to return to state. The Panthers end the season with a 2-13 record.
United North Central's Frank Moren shot an 89 to lead the local golfers at Monday's Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship at The Legacy. Park Rapids had three golfers qualify for the tournament. Ed Carlson shot a 91, Dustin Bethel carded a 95 and Ian Johnson fired a 97. UNC's Lane Hillukka shot a 97 and Nevis' Kyle Magnuson shot a 99 to round out the list of area qualifiers. Staples-Motley captured the conference title with a 399 team score and 25.5 points.