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Five winning performances highlighted a balanced attack as the Park Rapids girls track and field team captured the Park Rapids Invitational title at Vern Weekley Field Tuesday. Victoria Lutz won the 800-meter run in 2:34.61, Lydia Lutz led the way in the 3,200 run in 12:00.78 and Kyja Penning took first in pole vault by clearing 9 feet as the Panthers compiled 128 points Bagley/Fosston was second in this nine-team meet with 123 points. The 4 x 800 relay team of Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce, Summer Ellefson and Victoria Lutz started the meet with a winning time of 9:59.22 while the 4 x 400 rel
A trio of fourth-place finishes led the Park Rapids boys track and field team at Tuesday's Park Rapids Invitational. Colin Vaadeland finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.71; the 4 x 800 relay team of AJ Spears, Forrest Drury, Jake Waggoner and Taylor Kimball took fourth with a time of 9:36.02; and the 4 x 400 relay team of Brock Fritze, Kurt Fritze, Drury and Austin Carlson finished fourth in 3:51.59. Park Rapids also placed in the 200 dash, 400 dash, 800 run and 4 x 200 relay. "I thought we did OK.
Brie Warne was nearly perfect and Olivia Vaadeland was equally impressive on the mound as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team swept a Mid-State Conference doubleheader from Crosby-Ironton Tuesday at the Area High School field. Warne just missed pitching a perfect game by allowing no hits and one walk while striking out 15 in a 12-0 five-inning victory in the first game.
The Park Rapids girls golf team picked up where it left off last season. A year ago, the Panthers ended the season by carding rounds of 393 and 392. The Panthers opened this season with similar scores. In the season-opening Perham Invitational last Friday, the Panthers finished second out of 12 teams with a 394.
Alex Renner and the No. 2 doubles team of Kyle Dickinson and James Kujawa picked up wins as the Park Rapids boys tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision at East Grand Forks Tuesday. Renner prevailed in straight sets at No. 1 singles while Dickinson and Kujawa posted a straight-set win at No. 2 doubles as the Panthers fell to 0-3 in dual meets this season. East Grand Forks 5, Park Rapids 2 No. 1 singles: Alex Renner, PR, over Joel Ryan 6-3, 6-0. No. 2 singles: Scott Metzger, EGF, over Armando Padilla 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 singles: Blake Gaddie, EGF, over Jonah Pearson 6-1, 6-1. No.
Crosby-Ironton capitalized on five Park Rapids errors to score 11 unearned runs in sweeping a Mid-State Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Crosby. Three errors led to six unearned runs as the Rangers won the first game 9-8 and two errors led to five unearned runs as C-I completed the sweep with a 9-8 victory in the second game. A five-run fourth inning gave the Panthers a 7-5 lead in the first game before the Rangers scored four unearned runs in their final two at bats to rally for the win. An RBI single by Kevin McMorrow sparked a two-run third before doubles by Dan Ricke and C
Jeremy Anderson said pitching would dictate the success of the Park Rapids baseball team this season. The pitching staff delivered in the season openers Friday and Saturday as the Panthers claimed runner-up honors at the 15th annual Park Rapids Tournament. Park Rapids' pitching staff allowed only 13 hits and four earned runs while striking out 26 batters and walking only 11.
For the second year in a row, Lake of the Woods prevented the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team from winning its own tournament title. LOW, which defeated Park Rapids 7-6 in last year's title game, defended its title with an 11-4 victory over the Panthers in Saturday's championship game of this 11th annual tournament at Olson Fields. Park Rapids advanced to the championship game by defeating Crookston 9-1 in the quarterfinals and Pine River-Backus 12-2 in six innings in the semifinals.
A year ago, the Park Rapids boys golf team entered the season with low numbers and little varsity experience. The Panthers are in a similar situation this spring. Of the 16 golfers who played in a varsity meet last season, only seven return this spring. In addition, head coach Jim Weinzierl has only 13 golfers in grades 9-12 competing this spring. Those low numbers and lack of varsity experience will provide a challenge for the Panthers. "Our numbers are down," said Weinzierl.
Alex Renner's win at No. 1 singles provided the only point for the Park Rapids boys tennis team in a triangular meet at Bemidji Thursday. Grand Rapids lost only six games in seven matches in a 7-0 victory over the Panthers in the first match. Renner won a tiebreaker in Park Rapids' 6-1 loss to Bemidji in the second match. Grand Rapids 7, Park Rapids 0 No. 1 singles: Jared Sherman, GR, over Alex Renner 6-1, 6-0. No. 2 singles: Conor Hoolihan, GR, over Scott Smith 6-1, 6-0. No. 3 singles: Austin Stefanich, GR, over Jonah Pearson 6-0, 6-0. No.