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It was another typical season for the Park Rapids boys swimming and diving team. After getting off to a slow start, the Panthers peaked at the end of the season. Park Rapids went 4-2 in dual meets before claiming runner-up honors at the Mid-State Conference meet and placing fourth at the Section 5A meet. Having freshman Matthew Benson and eighth grader Spencer Fritze qualify for the state Class A meet in three events capped off another successful season.
Sydney Bynum had six hits and Brooke Jerger pitched a pair of complete games as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team swept a Mid-State Conference doubleheader at Staples-Motley last Tuesday. Jerger threw a six-hitter while Bynum went 3 for 4 and Tara Johanning went 2 for 4 with four RBI as the Panthers won the opener 8-3. Park Rapids completed the sweep as Jerger scattered eight hits and Bynum went 3 for 4 to spark a 6-3 victory in the second game. In the opener, Bynum’s RBI single gave t
Two close wins over Pine River-Backus kept the Nevis baseball team in second place in the Northland Conference standings. The Tigers swept a doubleheader from PR-B last Tuesday, following a 7-6 win in the first game with a 1-0 victory in the second game. Austin Becker picked up the win in the first game, allowing five hits and six unearned runs with six walks and eight strikeouts over seven innings. Nevis led 2-1 before scoring five times in the sixth for a 7-1 advantage before PR-B tallied
Kate Smith carded rounds of 31 and 33 for a 64 on the par-72 course at The Vintage at Staples to set a women’s course record in leading Detroit Lakes to the team title at Saturday’s Cardinals Invitational. Detroit Lakes led the 13-team field with a 311 while Park Rapids finished eighth with a 390.
Hunter Utke carded an 80 to lead the Park Rapids boys golf team at last Wednesday’s Pre-Section 8AA meet at Longbow Golf Club. Jackson Leckner and Matt DeLaHunt carded 102s and Jacob Bittmann carded a 110 as the Panthers finished eighth out of nine teams with a 394. Doug Larson earned medalist honors with a 74 in leading Crookston to the team title with a 311.
A balanced attack helped the Park Rapids boys track and field team win a section True Team title for the first time since 1996. Led by four winning efforts and four runner-up performances, the Panthers claimed Tuesday’s Section 8A True Team title at International Falls with 526.50 points. Norman County took second in the 10-team field with 495 points. The Panthers will enter their fifth state True Team meet next Saturday at Stillwater with field events starting at 10 a.m. and running events starting at 11 a.m.
Jon Burlingame drove in 10 runs to lead a 25-hit attack as the Park Rapids baseball team swept a Mid-State Conference doubleheader from Staples-Motley Tuesday. Burlingame went 2 for 3 with four RBI as the Panthers won the first game 13-3 and went 3 for 3 with three runs and six RBI as Park Rapids completed the sweep with a 17-4 victory in the second game.
For the fourth consecutive time, Mariena Dearstyne earned medalist honors and the Park Rapids girls golf team took first place in a Northern Pines Conference meet. Dearstyne’s 45, Drew Hilmanowski’s 50 and Dana McDonald’s 53 gave the Panthers a 148 on the front side at Headwaters Golf Club Tuesday. McKenzie Harris’ 50, Sam Wormley’s 59 and Kaitlin VanLith’s 61 led Nevis to runner-up honors with a 170. Team scores: Park Rapids 148, Nevis 170, Red Lake 175, Northome-Kelliher 189, Cass Lake-Bena 227.
For the fourth year in a row, the Park Rapids girls track and field team had to settle for runner-up honors at a section True Team meet. The Panthers compiled 482.50 points at Tuesday’s Section 8A meet at International Falls to trail Crookston’s winning total of 490.50 and miss an automatic state berth. Park Rapids could still earn a wild-card bid to state when a simulated meet between all the section runners-up is run. That wild-card team will be announced this weekend to round out the nine-team state field.
Blake Kahlbough carded a 1-over 73 to earn medalist honors and lead the Mahnomen-Waubun boys golf team to the title at Friday’s Park Rapids Invitational at Headwaters Golf Club. Nathaniel Kahlbough’s runner-up 75 and Hunter Clark’s 78 helped Mahnomen to a 312 to top the 14-team field. Luke Wurdock’s 82, Gavin Mickelson’s 86, Brian Hillukka’s 91 and Vaughn Massie’s 92 led United North Central to seventh place with a 351. Park Rapids tied for 11th place with a 393 behind Connor Shaw