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Charlie Dormanen expected an improved season from the Menahga baseball team this season. The Braves lived up to those expectations by going 5-7 in Park Region Conference play and 9-12 overall to improve on last year's 2-10 conference record and 4-16 overall mark. The Braves got off to a slow start by opening the season with a 2-8 record before closing the regular season with a 7-3 mark. Menahga opened the season with a 6-2 conference loss to New York Mills, losses to Greenway (11-4), Hawley (6-5) and Sebeka (11-3) at the Park Rapids Invitational, and a 6-5 conference loss to Pillager.
Jeff Renner was looking for the Park Rapids boys tennis team to make improvement this season. Having more success at the lower positions enabled the Panthers to fulfill that goal. After going 2-13 in dual meets last season, the Panthers doubled that victory total as four 4-3 wins led to a 4-11 overall record. The Panthers got off to a slow start with 7-0 losses to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Bemidji, Grand Rapids and East Grand Forks and a seventh-place finish at the eight-team Park Rapids Invitational.
One of Zach Holsman's goals in his first season as the Park Rapids head baseball coach was to end the regular season with a winning record and make a run at contending for the Section 8AA title. The Panthers fulfilled the first of those two goals by going 11-8-1 during the regular season. That gave Park Rapids the No. 3 seed in the south half of the section and a home playoff game. The Panthers fell short of reaching their second goal as No.
Seniors Sam Coborn and Levi Erickson and sophomore Drew Bade represented Park Rapids on this year's Mid-State Conference baseball team. Coborn earned all-conference honors while Erickson and Bade were all-conference honorable mention selections. Coborn started all 12 conference games in center field and batted .477 (21 for 44, including two doubles and two triples) with 10 runs, 12 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Erickson batted .500 (15 for 30, including two doubles) with 11 runs, nine RBI and five stolen bases primarily as a designated hitter in 12 conference games. Bade played in eight con
After dropping a pair of league games to Sebeka, the Park Rapids American Legion baseball team rebounded for a win and a tie against Wadena Monday night. Sebeka swept a league doubleheader at Park Rapids on June 20 by scores of 9-5 and 9-4. In the first game, a walk to Sam Coborn and a single by Drew Bade set up a two-run double by Cory Odland as Park Rapids tied the game at 2-2 in the first. Sebeka claimed a 6-2 lead before Coborn reached on an error and scored on another error in the third. An error, a walk to Paul Prenevost and a single by Bade led to Park Rapids' final two runs in
The Park Rapids American Legion baseball team opened the season by going 3-1 in league play and 5-5 overall. Park Rapids opened the season by dropping two games at Detroit Lakes on June 5. Rilee Johnson, Sam Coborn, Kyle Goplerud and Tyler McCollum accounted for Park Rapids' four hits in a 5-4 loss in the first game.
Two records fell at last Saturday's 5th annual Lakes to Pines Triathlon. David Lewis of Nevis broke the men's record with a winning time of 1:03:59 while Marie Moeckel of Moorhead broke the women's record with a winning time of 1:18:23. Lewis completed the 500-yard swim in 8:03, the 14.7-mile bike ride in 36:04 and the 5K run in 18:52 with 1:00 in transition time.
Park Rapids had five players receive Mid-State Conference fastpitch softball honors this spring. Seniors Lexi Burlingame, Erika Jerger and Olivia Vaadeland received all-conference honors while sophomores Shania Johnson and Lauren Naeve received all-conference honorable mention honors. Those five starters helped the Panthers finish third in the Mid-State standings with a 7-5 record. Vaadeland played in all 12 conference games and batted .371 (13 for 35) with a double, a home run, seven runs and 10 RBI. Vaadeland also was the starting pitcher in 11 games, going 6-5 with a 5.71 ERA.
It's become a tradition that the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team will produce a winning record. The Panthers continued that tradition this season. Even though the Panthers didn't meet their goals of winning the Mid-State Conference title and returning to the Section 8AA championship game, they did compile a 12-9 overall record.
Katie Kristofferson capped off her senior season with two solid rounds at the state Class AA girls golf tournament. The Park Rapids senior followed an 87 Tuesday with a 91 Wednesday at Jordan's The Ridges at Sand Creek course to finish in a tie for 38th place with a 178. Kristofferson made her state debut with rounds of 41 and 46 for an 87 on Tuesday to share 33rd place out of 88 golfers. Detroit Lakes eighth grader Kate Smith carded a 2-under par 70 for a five-shot lead over Minnewaska senior Brianna Janu, who shot a 75.