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For the second time this season, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team rebounded from a tough loss to salvage a Mid-State Conference split. In the season opener, Staples-Motley scored six runs in the seventh inning to rally for a 17-16 win. The Panthers rebounded to win the second game 6-4. On Tuesday, Detroit Lakes scored five times in the seventh inning to rally for an 8-7 win in the first game.
Thief River Falls won both matches at a boys tennis triangular meet at the Depot Courts Tuesday by defeating Park Rapids 7-0 and Staples-Motley 6-1. The two wins lifted the Prowlers' record to 10-1. Staples-Motley defeated Park Rapids 6-1 in the other match in a battle of Mid-State Conference teams. Chris Shaw received a win at No. 2 singles by injury default to account for the Panthers' only win on the day. The Panthers fell to 2-2 against conference opponents and 2-8 overall.
Grace Bateman's first-place showings in the 300-meter hurdles and pole vault led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to runner-up honors at Tuesday's Crookston VFW Invitational. Bateman won the 300 hurdles in 49.14 and won the pole vault by clearing 8 feet, 6 inches as the Panthers compiled 95.50 points. Bagley/Fosston edged the Panthers for the title in this 16-team meet with 96 points. The Panthers also had three individual runner-up finishes: Lydia Lutz in the 1,600 run (5:31.48), Summer Ellefson in the 400 dash (1:04.39) and Shelby Pierce in the 800 run (2:28.57).
Committing 18 errors, allowing 25 walks and hitting five batters cost the Park Rapids baseball team three losses in four Mid-State Conference games. After Park Rapids scored four times in the top of the seventh to take an 11-10 lead, Wadena-Deer Creek scored twice in the bottom of the inning to rally for a 12-11 victory in the first game of a conference doubleheader last Thursday at Wadena. The Panthers salvaged a split by scoring five times in the seventh in the second game and holding off a W-DC rally for an 8-7 win. At Detroit Lakes Tuesday, the Lakers capitalized on five Park Rapids
Ian Johnson's 88, Bailey Mueller's 92, and pair of 96s by Eddie Carlson and Dustin Bethel led the Park Rapids boys golf team to fifth place at Friday's United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines. The Panthers carded a 372 team score to trail Staples-Motley's 339, Pequot Lakes' 351, United North Central's 354 and Wadena-Deer Creek's 366 in this 11-team meet.
The Park Rapids girls track and field team was invited to compete in two events at the Hamline Elite Meet at Hamline University Friday. Lydia Lutz, Summer Ellefson, Lora Remus and Shelby Pierce earned a spot in the 4 x 800-meter relay with a qualifying time of 10:01.2. That relay team finished 12th Friday with a time of 10:06.08. Mounds View took first in this relay with a winning time of 9:29.28.
A 12-hit attack, highlighted by Ashley Domino's grand-slam home run, gave the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team a Mid-State Conference split with Wadena-Deer Creek Friday. After six errors helped W-DC score five unearned runs in an 11-7 win in the opener, Olivia Vaadeland's three-hitter sparked the Panthers to a 15-1 five-inning victory in the second game. Four errors in the first inning and Mikayla Lehmkuhl's two-run homer in the second sparked W-DC to a 6-0 lead in the first game. Two errors and Alyssa Carlson's sacrifice fly led to two Park Rapids runs in the third, but the Wolverin
Park Rapids won matches at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, but Detroit Lakes won the other five matches en route to a 5-2 Mid-State Conference boys tennis victory Thursday at the Depot Courts. Alex Renner posted a straight-set win at No. 1 singles while Mitch Fossen and Scott Smith rallied for a three-set win at No. 1 doubles to lead the Panthers, who fell to 2-1 in conference matches and 2-6 overall. Detroit Lakes 5, Park Rapids 2 No. 1 singles: Alex Renner, PR, over Isaac Fondrick 6-2, 6-2. No. 2 singles: Jesse Meyer, DL, over Chris Shaw 6-0, 6-0. No.
Katie Kristofferson and Mariena Dearstyne finished in the top five spots in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to a runner-up finish at last Wednesday's Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Invitational at Tianna Country Club. Kristofferson shot a 93 for third place and Dearstyne carded a 97 for fourth place as the Panthers shot a season best 403 to trail Fosston's 376 in this 10-team meet. Hannah Williams' 101 and Katie Walsh's 112 rounded out the Panthers' team score. Allyson Snyder's 102, McKenzie Harris' 107, Kara Rich's 118 and Olivia Toft's 128 led Nevis to fourth place with a 445.
Led by a winning effort in the 4 x 400-meter relay team and Scott Wolff's winning effort in the triple jump, the Park Rapids boys track and field team finished third at Friday's May Day Invitational at Walker. Brock Fritze, Austin Carlson, Forrest Drury and Herman Stieng won the 4 x 400 relay in 3:41.74 and Wolff won the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 4 inches in leading the Panthers to 84 points in this 11-team meet.