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Despite having to replace one of the best batteries in school history, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team produced one of its best seasons in school history. Going into the season, the Panthers had to fill the spots of pitcher Cady Clinton and catcher Danielle Dent. Clinton graduated with 23 wins for the No. 3 spot and 151 strikeouts for the No. 5 spot in school history while Dent ranked second with 100 hits, third with 75 RBI and third by throwing out 17 runners attempting to steal. Seniors Leeza Tostenson and Brie Warne were counted on to fill those positions.
A runner-up finish in the Mid-State Conference standings gave the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team six spots on the all-conference roster. Seniors Leeza Tostenson, Brie Warne and Shelby Weckwerth were among 17 players earning all-conference honors. Senior Jenny Palm, junior Alyssa Carlson and sophomore Olivia Vaadeland received all-conference honorable mention honors. The Panthers finished with a 9-3 record in conference play to finish second behind Detroit Lakes' 11-1 mark.
Paul Shogren and Craig Stein birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat the defending champions and win the Two Man Best Ball/Scramble Tournament title at Headwaters Country Club Sunday. Shogren and Stein were tied with defending champions Tom Jenkins and Kevin Krigbaum and the duo of Brent Jacobson and Sean Cheslock at 129 after 18 holes of best ball play Saturday and 18 holes of scramble play Sunday. Shogren and Stein birdied the No.
Before the season began, Jim Weinzierl thought the Park Rapids boys golf team had the potential to finish in the upper half of most meets. That predication had to be changed when his top four golfers from a year ago decided not to go out for golf this spring. With the departure of Sam Coborn (47.25 nine-hole average in 2009), Ryan O'Mara (48.75 average), Alex Holmen (49.20 average) and Cole Tretbar (51.08 average), the Panthers returned only four golfers who had played in a varsity meet. Three of those - seniors Tony Schmid and Gairett Johnson and sophomore Ed Carlson - were on the North
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt placed at the state Class A track and field meet for the third year in a row by finishing eighth in the 3,200-meter run Friday night at Hamline University in St. Paul. Schuldt, who won the Section 8A title in 10:07.33, clocked a 9:43.50 during Friday's state finals to score 2 points as Nevis tied for 67th place in the boys team standings. Mounds Park Academy's Mason Ferlic won the state title in 9:27.62 while Worthington's Mubarik Musa was second in 9:27.65.
After starting the season with a 3-9 record, the members of the Menahga fastpitch softball team joked that they were going to the state Class A tournament. The joke turned out to be on the other teams in Section 6A. Sweeping a doubleheader from Sebeka on May 4 proved to be the key to getting the season turned around and the Braves to state. Those wins ended up giving Menahga the No. 3 seed for the Section 6A North tournament and a spot opposite No. 1 Hawley in the tournament bracket. Hawley ended up winning the subsection title with a 4-2 win over Menahga.
Victoria Lutz and Lydia Lutz were looking to bring home medals in both a relay and an individual event during Saturday's finals of the state Class A girls track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Both Park Rapids runners accomplished their goals. Sophomores Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce and Summer Ellefson and senior Victoria Lutz began the finals by claiming runner-up honors in the 4 x 800-meter relay.
Senior Victoria Lutz, sophomores Lydia Lutz, Summer Ellefson and Shelby Pierce, and eighth grader Mady Vaudrin were exuding with confidence entering last Saturday's Section 8A girls track and field meet at Crookston. That belief in their abilities led the five Park Rapids athletes to the state Class A meet. Lydia Lutz, Pierce, Ellefson and Victoria Lutz advanced to state by winning the 4 x 800-meter relay in 9:31.62.
Park Rapids' Laura Haugland, Kyle Christianson and Rachel Thelen placed in multiple meets for their collegiate track and field teams this past winter and spring. Haugland completed her second season as a member of the Liberty University women's track team. Christianson completed his senior season as a member of the Bemidji State University men's track team. Thelen finished her first season as a member of the College of St.
A four-run fourth inning carried Detroit Lakes to a 6-4 win over Park Rapids in the first round of the Section 8AA baseball playoffs Thursday at Detroit Lakes. Paul Dirks singled and scored in both the first and third innings to give Park Rapids a 2-1 lead. The No. 2-seeded Lakers strung together three singles to take a 5-2 lead in the fourth before the No. 7-seeded Panthers responded by scoring twice in the fifth.