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Tadd Usher was confident the Park Rapids boys golf team had the talent to play in the Mid-Minnesota Conference Championship and card a round under 330 this spring. The Panthers accomplished both of those goals. Park Rapids struggled to card four consistent scores for most of the season before carding back-to-back rounds under 330 in the final two meets. In the 14 18-hole meets, the Panthers had their top four golfers compete in 11 of them.
The Wolf Lake amateur baseball team saw its record fall to 7-7 with a pair of home losses last Sunday afternoon. Staples scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings for a 6-4 win in the first Lake and Pine League game last Sunday.
Almost 650 runners battled Wednesday morning's hot and humid conditions to compete in the 34th annual 10K and 5K Firecracker Footrace. Drew Peterson won the men's 10K race with a time of 38:06.95 while Allie Parks won the women's 10K title with a time of 42:53.41. In the 5K race, Matthew Peterson won the men's title in 16:12.84 while Clare Kazmierczak won the women's title in 19:21:02. A total of 64 men and 38 women completed the 10K course, which started and ended at Park Rapids' Heartland Park. Age division winners in the men's 10K race were Isaac Overmyer in 38:48.28 (18-under divis
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.