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Despite having six key players to replace, Marion Goeden is counting on the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to produce a winning record for the ninth year in a row and make a run at contending for the Mid-State Conference and Section 8AA titles. Leading the Panthers to a 16-8 record last season were the six seniors: Lauren Naeve, Bailee Jerger, Shania Johnson, Charity Ridlon, Morgan Dean and Christina Smith. Naeve was the Panthers’ starting catcher for four seasons and ended her career with a school-record 567 puto
Battling to win the season opener set the tone for the Park Rapids girls basketball team. The Panthers opened Mid-State Conference play with a 42-41 overtime victory over Crosby-Ironton. That sparked an 8-2 start to the season, a home game for the Section 8AA tournament, a playoff victory and a 17-10 overall record.
Jordan Yliniemi’s fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash led the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams at Tuesday’s Paul Bunyan Classic at Bemidji State University. Yliniemi clocked a 24.81 in the 200 dash in leading the Panthers to 14th place in the boys meet with 11 points. Hunter Jewison placed in two events by finishing sixth in the 1,600 run in 5:12.88 and taking eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 36 feet, 2 inches.
Andrew Lachowitzer has a tough act to follow as he takes over as head coach of the Park Rapids boys track and field team. The Panthers have to replace nine athletes who scored points on the varsity last season. Among that group are Austin Carlson, Kurt Fritze and Bryce Brovitch. Carlson competed in three state Class A meets in the 400-meter dash, capping off his senior season with a runner-up finish.
Corey Hill is counting on the Park Rapids girls track and field team to rely on talent to offset a lack of numbers to repeat as Subsection 8-29A and Section 8A champions. The Panthers return 19 athletes who competed at last year’s subsection meet, 15 athletes who competed at the section meet and seven athletes who competed at the state Class A meet.
Park Rapids’ Danny Pike capped off his senior season in style by qualifying for the NCAA Division III wrestling tournament. Pike earned the starting spot at 197 pounds late in...
It was an up-and-down season for the Menahga girls basketball team. The Braves began the season with a 7-6 record before struggling down the stretch to finish with a 10-16 overall record. The Braves opened the season with a 60-38 win over Swanville before opening Park Region Conference play with losses to New York Mills (70-59), Verndale (68-45) and Sebeka (64-33). Menahga then went 6-3 in the next nine games with a 47-42 win over Pine River-Backus, an 81-64 loss to Frazee, a 75-52 victory o
Matt Clark thought the Park Rapids wrestling team had the potential to have a successful season. The Park Rapids head coach didn’t expect the Panthers to accomplish all that they did. The Panthers finished the season with an 18-3 record in dual meets to break the school record for wins in a season of 17-11 set during the 2005-06 campaign. Park Rapids also went undefeated in Mid-State Conference duals with a 5-0 record. The Panthers capped off the year by qualifying five wrestlers for the state Class A meet.
Five former Park Rapids Area High School hockey players competed on NCAA Division III college hockey teams this winter. Tucker Coborn and Sam Coborn played for the Concordia College men’s...
After graduating nine skaters who accounted for 54 of the team’s 73 goals last season, Gary Vaudrin’s main concern for a young Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley girls hockey team was who would pick up the scoring load. The inability to put the puck in the net hindered the Panthers all season as Park Rapids scored only 37 goals in 24 games in posting a 6-17-1 record. Park Rapids was shut out 10 times and managed only one goal in five other games while allowing 114 goals.