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A pair of five-run innings sparked the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a 10-4 victory at Menahga last Friday. Menahga jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third on walks to Elyse Skoog and Leah Schwartz and Alayna Lake’s two-run double with two outs. Five hits led to five runs in the fourth as the Panthers took the lead. Singles by Lindsey Girtz and Kendra Anderson were followed by a two-run double by Nikki Eischens, an RBI double by Hope Johnson and a two-run home run by Brooke Jerger.
Pelican Rapids took advantage of six errors to hand the Park Rapids baseball team a 10-7 loss Tuesday. After the Vikings took a 2-0 lead in the first, the Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a single and stolen base by Chase Brand, an RBI double by Jordan McCollum, a single by Derek Porozinski and a single by Jon Burlingame. Pelican Rapids scored three times in the second for a 5-2 lead and added two more runs in the fourth for a 7-2 advantage. Damion Hanke reached on an er
The Park Rapids baseball team offset 15 errors with 35 hits to win the consolation title at Saturday’s Park Rapids Invitational. Hawley used a four-run fifth inning to rally for a 5-4 win in Friday’s first-round game before the Panthers rebounded to defeat Wheaton 10-4 and Menahga 12-11 Saturday to capture the consolation title. Hawley defeated Frazee 6-0 and Nevis 9-7 to win the title. “We had too many errors and mental mistakes and really gave away that first game to Hawley.
Foley captured titles at all seven positions to win the team title at Saturday’s Park Rapids Boys Tennis Invitational. Foley led the eight-team field with 42 points while the host Panthers tied for sixth place with 9 points. Jeff Dickinson and Nick Lopez finished third at No. 1 doubles while Alex Boyd and Ben Baumgartner finished third at No. 3 doubles to lead the Panthers. Nolan Booge finished sixth at No. 4 singles, Jaden Olson and Jackson Kimball finished sixth at No.
Park Rapids used five winning performances to claim runner-up honors in the girls division at Friday’s Anderson-Cole Invitational track and field meet at Perham. Abby Eystad, Abby Mueller, Paige Hill and Megan Grimes won the 4 x 100-meter relay in 54.40; Megan Olson led the field in the 800 run with a 2:28.92; Mueller took first in the 200 dash in 27.63; Tayah Otterness cleared 4 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump; and Caroline Drury took first in the pole vault by clearing 8 feet.
After opening the season with an 8-0 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, the Menahga baseball team scored 31 runs in splitting the next four games. Menahga opened Park Region Conference play with a 4-1 win over Sebeka Thursday and opened the Park Rapids Invitational with a 6-3 loss to Nevis Friday. The Braves then defeated Staples-Motley 13-5 before settling for sixth place with a 12-11 loss to Park Rapids in the final tournament games Saturday. Nick Meyer threw a six-hitter in the win over Sebeka.
The Nevis baseball team used wins over Menahga and Bagley to reach the title game of the Park Rapids Invitational. The Tigers opened the tournament Friday by rallying for a 6-3 win over Menahga. Nevis edged Bagley 5-3 in Saturday’s semifinals before falling to Hawley 9-7 in Saturday’s championship game. Nevis trailed 3-0 before scoring six runs in the sixth to rally past Menahga.
With six seniors leading the way, head coach Mike Baumgartner is expecting the Park Rapids boys tennis team to put a competitive team on the courts this spring. Returning from last year’s team that lost to East Grand Forks 4-3 in a Section 8A quarterfinal match are seniors Jeff Dickinson, Nick Lopez, Jackson Kimball, Jaden Olson and Alex Boyd; juniors Bobby Bruce and Marcus McKeever; and sophomore Nick Porozinski.
Despite not having a senior on the roster, head coach Walt Harrison is counting on a successful season from a veteran Park Rapids girls golf team. A year ago, the Panthers fell short of carding a round under 400 and ended the season placing fifth at the Mid-State Conference meet with a 435 and sixth at the Section 8AA North tournament with a 425. However, with 11 golfers who competed on varsity last year returning, Harrison is looking for the Panthers to vastly improve on those numbers. “We’
Led by a group of underclassmen, the Nevis girls basketball team was able to win a playoff game and end the season with an 11-17 overall record. Nevis opened the season by splitting Northwoods Conference games with a loss to Kelliher/Northome (61-48), wins over Blackduck (48-34) and Cass Lake (64-49), and a loss to Clearbrook-Gonvick (65-47). After a loss to Staples-Motley (59-34) and a win over Bertha-Hewitt (58-36), the Tigers split games at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley tournament with a loss to Red Lake Falls (60-35