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A sweep in doubles carried the Park Rapids boys tennis team to a 4-3 Mid-State Conference win at Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday. The Panthers lost only two games in the three doubles matches and used a straight-set win by Alex Renner at No. 1 singles to pick up their first win of the season in the conference opener. Max Brown and Scott Smith coasted to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles. Kyle Dickinson and James Kujawa rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles. Mitch Fossen and Chris Shaw didn't lose a game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3 doubles. Renner posted a 6-3, 6-1 win at No.
Five winning performances highlighted a balanced attack as the Park Rapids girls track and field team captured the Park Rapids Invitational title at Vern Weekley Field Tuesday. Victoria Lutz won the 800-meter run in 2:34.61, Lydia Lutz led the way in the 3,200 run in 12:00.78 and Kyja Penning took first in pole vault by clearing 9 feet as the Panthers compiled 128 points Bagley/Fosston was second in this nine-team meet with 123 points. The 4 x 800 relay team of Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce, Summer Ellefson and Victoria Lutz started the meet with a winning time of 9:59.22 while the 4 x 400 rel
A trio of fourth-place finishes led the Park Rapids boys track and field team at Tuesday's Park Rapids Invitational. Colin Vaadeland finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.71; the 4 x 800 relay team of AJ Spears, Forrest Drury, Jake Waggoner and Taylor Kimball took fourth with a time of 9:36.02; and the 4 x 400 relay team of Brock Fritze, Kurt Fritze, Drury and Austin Carlson finished fourth in 3:51.59. Park Rapids also placed in the 200 dash, 400 dash, 800 run and 4 x 200 relay. "I thought we did OK.
Brie Warne was nearly perfect and Olivia Vaadeland was equally impressive on the mound as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team swept a Mid-State Conference doubleheader from Crosby-Ironton Tuesday at the Area High School field. Warne just missed pitching a perfect game by allowing no hits and one walk while striking out 15 in a 12-0 five-inning victory in the first game.
The Park Rapids girls golf team picked up where it left off last season. A year ago, the Panthers ended the season by carding rounds of 393 and 392. The Panthers opened this season with similar scores. In the season-opening Perham Invitational last Friday, the Panthers finished second out of 12 teams with a 394.
Alex Renner and the No. 2 doubles team of Kyle Dickinson and James Kujawa picked up wins as the Park Rapids boys tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision at East Grand Forks Tuesday. Renner prevailed in straight sets at No. 1 singles while Dickinson and Kujawa posted a straight-set win at No. 2 doubles as the Panthers fell to 0-3 in dual meets this season. East Grand Forks 5, Park Rapids 2 No. 1 singles: Alex Renner, PR, over Joel Ryan 6-3, 6-0. No. 2 singles: Scott Metzger, EGF, over Armando Padilla 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 singles: Blake Gaddie, EGF, over Jonah Pearson 6-1, 6-1. No.
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
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
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.
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.