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The Park Rapids boys tennis team ended the regular season in style with a 7-0 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday afternoon at the Depot Courts. In singles play, Alex Renner, Steve Smith, Armando Padilla and Kevin Merfeld combined to lose only nine games in four straight-set wins. The Panthers' three doubles teams - Max Brown and Scott Smith at No. 1, Kyle Dickinson and James Kujawa at No. 2, and Jonah Pearson and Chris Shaw at No.
Sebeka scored eight runs with two outs in the seventh inning to defeat the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team 11-4 in the regular-season finale Friday. The Trojans strung together six hits and two walks with two outs in the top of the seventh to rally for the win. This game was close until the final inning. Alyssa Carlson singled and scored on Olivia Vaadeland's RBI single as Park Rapids tied the game at 1-1 in the first. After Sebeka scored twice in the third for a 3-1 lead, singles by Leeza Tostenson, Brie Warne and Shelby Weckwerth loaded the bases in the fourth.
Home runs by Tucker Coborn and Paul Dirks helped rally the Park Rapids baseball team to a 9-8 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Thursday at Glyndon. D-G-F used two errors to score three times in the first inning and used four hits and an error to score three more runs in the fourth to build a 6-0 lead. One-out singles by Jack Mercado, Levi Erickson and Dirks loaded the bases in the fifth.
Brad Lusti threw a pair of two-hit shutouts and followed with a four-hitter as Midway remained undefeated on the season. Lusti gave up two hits and two walks and struck out eight as the Snurdbirds blanked Staples 10-0 in a Lake and Pine League amateur baseball game on May 2. A six-run fourth inning sparked Midway's win. Steve Wetterling went 3 for 3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI and Pete Marjamaa went 3 for 5 with two RBI to pace Midway's 15-hit attack. Lusti went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and Tony Meech went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
Dan Ricke threw a five-hitter and was one of five players with two RBI as the Park Rapids baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-2 win over Thief River Falls Tuesday at the Area High School field. An error and Ricke's sacrifice fly scored Sam Coborn and Tucker Coborn in the first. Kevin McMorrow's two-run single scored Jack Mercado and Paul Dirks in the second.
Scoring 39 runs helped the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team close out the Mid-State Conference season with three wins in four games. The Panthers split a doubleheader with Staples-Motley Monday at the Area High School field and swept a doubleheader at Pequot Lakes Tuesday to end conference play with a 9-3 record. Park Rapids, which carried a 15-4 overall record into the regular-season finale against Sebeka Friday, will open the Section 8AA playoffs at home Tuesday afternoon. Panthers, Cardinals split After dropping a 9-1 decision in the first game, Staples-Motley capitalized on 10 Pa
Eleven Park Rapids athletes earned all-conference honors with winning efforts at Tuesday's Mid-State Conference track and field meet at Vern Weekley Field. Ten girls received all-conference honors in leading Park Rapids to runner-up honors with 129.5 points. Detroit Lakes won the conference title with 205.5 points. In the boys meet, Colin Vaadeland won the 200-meter dash in 23.81 to account for the only all-conference honor for Park Rapids.
A sweep in doubles wasn't quite enough to lead the Park Rapids boys tennis team to a victory over East Grand Forks Tuesday at Crookston. The Panthers followed a 6-1 loss to Crookston with a 4-3 loss to East Grand Forks in this triangular meet to fall to 2-9 on the season. Alex Renner won a tiebreaker at No. 1 singles to account for the Panthers' lone win against Crookston. Against EGF, Renner and Steve Smith won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles, Max Brown and Scott Smith won in straight sets at No.
Career-best rounds by Ed Carlson and Ian Johnson led the Park Rapids boys golf team to a share of second place at Monday's Nevis Invitational at Bears Den. Carlson's 81, Johnson's 83 and a pair of 90s by Gairett Johnson and Bailey Mueller gave the Panthers a season-best 344 team score.
Joe Harvala and Jason Deitchler will be inducted into the Park Rapids Athletic Hall of Fame during this year's All Sports Banquet on May 26 at the Area High School gym. Harvala, a 1967 Park Rapids graduate, was a three-year letterwinner and Mid-State Conference performer in football, basketball and baseball for the Panthers.