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Lydia Lutz excelled at the Hamline Elite Meet Friday by breaking the school record in the 3,200-meter run for the second time in a week. Lutz, who broke Tammy McGrane's 1978 school record of 11:29.09 with an 11:15.90 last Tuesday, dropped that time to an 11:10.56 to finish seventh at Hamline on Friday. "Lydia broke the school record again," said Park Rapids head coach Corey Hill. "We couldn't be happier for her." Alexandria's Jamie Piepenburg led the field with a 10:28.46.
Drew Bade and Tyler McCollum combined on a six-hitter to lead the Park Rapids baseball team to a 6-4 win over Wadena-Deer Creek in the first game of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Friday at the Area High School field. W-DC salvaged the split by holding the Panthers to six hits in a 6-2 win in the second game. In the opener, a three-run sixth inning sparked the Panthers to the win. After the Wolverines scored twice in the first, the Panthers tied the game in the second on a single and stolen base by Jordan Eischens, an RBI single by Bade and an RBI single by Zach Eystad. Chris Gopl
Committing nine errors and issuing 12 walks led to 11 unearned runs, but the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team still managed to split a Mid-State Conference doubleheader at Wadena Friday night. W-DC took advantage of six errors and seven walks to win the opener 9-6 before the Panthers capitalized on five errors and six walks to earn the split with a 7-6 win in the second game. In the first game, Erika Jerger was hit by a pitch and scored on Lauren Naeve's double to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Park Rapids trailed 9-1 before mounting a rally in the seventh as a sing
Katie Kristofferson shared medalist honors in leading the Park Rapids girls golf team to the title in the first Northern Pines Conference meet of the season. Kristofferson and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley's Megan Eckman carded 46s at Thursday's conference meet at Walker's Tianna Country Club. Mariena Dearstyne's 48 and Hannah Williams' 52 led the Panthers to the team title with a three-player score of 146. Katie Walsh shot a 58 while Ali Walsh and Lexi Stevenson carded 65 for the Panthers. Nevis took third with a 166 behind Kara Rich's 52 and a pair of 57s by Allyson Snyder and Olivia Toft.
Nick Lopez and Josh Johnson pushed their opponents to three sets in Park Rapids' 7-0 Mid-State Conference boys tennis loss at Detroit Lakes Thursday. Lopez won the first set before falling at No. 3 singles while Johnson won a second-set tiebreaker in a loss at No. 4 singles. The Lakers won the other five matches in straight sets in improving to 2-6 on the season. The loss dropped the Panthers to 1-1 in conference matches and 1-6 overall. Detroit Lakes 7, Park Rapids 0 No. 1 singles: Isaac Fondrick, DL, over Chris Shaw 6-2 6-0. No.
Lydia Lutz was determined to break the school record in the 3,200-meter run in her final appearance at Vern Weekley Field. Lutz accomplished her goal in style with a winning time of 11:15.90. That broke Tammy McGrane's record of 11:29.09 set in 1978 and helped the Park Rapids girls track and field team claim runner-up honors at Tuesday's Park Rapids Enterprise Invitational. In addition to Lutz, the Panthers had six other winning performances in compiling 186.75 points.
Cole Tretbar won both throwing events in leading the Park Rapids boys track and field team to third place at Tuesday's Park Rapids Enterprise Invitational. Tretbar threw the shot put 42 feet, 10 inches and the discus 124-4 to account for the Panthers' lone first-place finishes. Park Rapids tallied 121 points to trail Detroit Lakes' 224.83 and Roseau's 150 in this nine-team meet. The Panthers had four runner-up finishes, led by a 9:00.20 by Ryan McBrady, Ben Baumgartner, Isaac Overmyer and Austin Carlson in the 4 x 800-meter relay.
Detroit Lakes capitalized on seven walks and four errors to defeat Park Rapids 8-2 in the first game of a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday at the Area High School field. Park Rapids scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the second game at 4-4 before that game was suspended because of darkness. If that game cannot be concluded at a later date, it will result in a tie. The Lakers opened the first game by scoring three times in both the first and second innings.
Scott Smith and Mitch Fossen won nine games in a straight-set loss at No. 1 doubles as the Park Rapids boys tennis team dropped a 7-0 dual to Crookston Tuesday at the Depot Courts. Crookston dropped only 10 games in the other six matches to improve to 5-3 in dual meets. The Pirates defeated Perham 6-1 in the other match. The Panthers' match against Perham was suspended because of darkness. That dual was tied at 3-3 and will be completed at a later date. Park Rapids fell to 1-5 in dual meets with the loss. Crookston 7, Park Rapids 0 No.
Detroit Lakes rallied from early deficits in both games of a Mid-State Conference doubleheader Tuesday to hand the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team its first two losses of the season. After giving up three runs in the first inning, the Panthers claimed a 4-3 lead before Detroit Lakes used a six-run fourth inning to spark an 11-6 win in the first game. In the second game, the Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning before Detroit Lakes scored six unanswered runs to complete the sweep with an 11-4 win. Each team hit four home runs in the doubleheader, but Detroit Lakes' hi