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Jeff Renner is looking for the Park Rapids boys tennis team to have a similar season to last spring. A year ago, the Panthers tied for the Mid-State Conference title and finished 6-9 in dual meets. The return of six starters gives Renner the foundation for putting another competitive unit out on the courts. Leading the Panthers this spring will be the six returning letterwinners: seniors Max Brown, Kyle Dickinson, James Kujawa and Steve Smith; junior Alex Renner; and sophomore Scott Smith. Steve Smith had a 5-7 record at No. 3 singles and also played some doubles. Smith was the No.
Tyler Lehrke's junior season as a member of the Bemidji State University men's hockey team may have been his most memorable, but his senior season was his most productive. Lehrke, a 2004 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, capped off his collegiate career at BSU by tying for fifth place on the team in scoring with 24 points.
Scott Kramer expected the Nevis boys basketball team to have a successful season. Challenging for the Northland Conference and Section 5A West titles and going 22-7 overall lived up to Kramer's high expectations. "I was extremely pleased with the success of our season," said Kramer. "I was proud of the guys and the way that we worked hard every day and the way that we competed." The Tigers set the tone for the season early by winning their first eight games.
Last season the Park Rapids girls golf team had its most successful season since 2001. This year the Panthers have the potential to do even better. A year ago, the Panthers shot under 400 seven times, highlighted by a 370 at Blueberry Pines. That was the Panthers' lowest team score since carding a 355 in 1981. Park Rapids ended the season by shooting a 393 to finish third at the Subsection 8AA meet and followed with a 392 to place fifth at the Section 8AA meet.
When Jeremy Anderson reflected on his first season as head coach of the Park Rapids baseball team, one thing stuck out as the reason the Panthers didn't produce a winning season. The Panthers' pitching staff issued 87 walks and hit 18 batters in 120 1/3 innings.
Janessa Wolff's final year as a member of the Penn State University women's basketball team started and ended on high notes. Wolff, a 6-foot-3 junior center from Park Rapids, helped the Nittany Lions start the season with a 15-4 record and to the No.
Marion Goeden predicted that solid pitching and defense and some timely hitting would lead to a successful season for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. That formula sparked the Panthers to a 3-1 win over Bagley in the season opener Tuesday afternoon. Brie Warne threw a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts and the Panthers took advantage of their three hits to open the season on a successful note. The Panthers used a timely double by Leeza Tostenson to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
A balanced attack led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to the title at Tuesday's Little Amik II Invitational at Bemidji State University. The Panthers scored in 13 events and accumulated 79 points to easily defeat Bagley/Fosston's runner-up total of 67 points. Nevis finished 15th with 15 points and United North Central was 19th with 5 points. The 4 x 800-meter relay team of Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce, Mandy Schirmers and Hannah Wolff set the tone for the day by clocking a winning time of 10:24.90.
The Menahga fastpitch softball team opened the season by splitting a Park Region Conference doubleheader at Pillager Tuesday. Megan Miller's two-run double in the eighth inning lifted the Braves to a 5-2 win in the opener. Pillager rebounded to salvage a split with an 8-5 victory in the second game. In the opener, a walk to Katie Miller and a single by Megan Miller led to a run in the first and a walk to Jada Melton and singles by Katie Miller and Megan Miller led to another run in the second. Pillager scored twice in the sixth to force extra innings before the Braves prevailed in the
Producing winning seasons has become a tradition for the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team. Head coach Marion Goeden is expecting this year's team to continue that trend. Last year, the Panthers compiled a 9-3 record in Mid-State Conference play and a 14-9 overall record.