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Before the season began, Jim Weinzierl thought the Park Rapids boys golf team had the potential to finish in the upper half of most meets. That predication had to be changed when his top four golfers from a year ago decided not to go out for golf this spring. With the departure of Sam Coborn (47.25 nine-hole average in 2009), Ryan O'Mara (48.75 average), Alex Holmen (49.20 average) and Cole Tretbar (51.08 average), the Panthers returned only four golfers who had played in a varsity meet. Three of those - seniors Tony Schmid and Gairett Johnson and sophomore Ed Carlson - were on the North
Victoria Lutz and Lydia Lutz were looking to bring home medals in both a relay and an individual event during Saturday's finals of the state Class A girls track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Both Park Rapids runners accomplished their goals. Sophomores Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce and Summer Ellefson and senior Victoria Lutz began the finals by claiming runner-up honors in the 4 x 800-meter relay.
After starting the season with a 3-9 record, the members of the Menahga fastpitch softball team joked that they were going to the state Class A tournament. The joke turned out to be on the other teams in Section 6A. Sweeping a doubleheader from Sebeka on May 4 proved to be the key to getting the season turned around and the Braves to state. Those wins ended up giving Menahga the No. 3 seed for the Section 6A North tournament and a spot opposite No. 1 Hawley in the tournament bracket. Hawley ended up winning the subsection title with a 4-2 win over Menahga.
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt placed at the state Class A track and field meet for the third year in a row by finishing eighth in the 3,200-meter run Friday night at Hamline University in St. Paul. Schuldt, who won the Section 8A title in 10:07.33, clocked a 9:43.50 during Friday's state finals to score 2 points as Nevis tied for 67th place in the boys team standings. Mounds Park Academy's Mason Ferlic won the state title in 9:27.62 while Worthington's Mubarik Musa was second in 9:27.65.
Park Rapids' Laura Haugland, Kyle Christianson and Rachel Thelen placed in multiple meets for their collegiate track and field teams this past winter and spring. Haugland completed her second season as a member of the Liberty University women's track team. Christianson completed his senior season as a member of the Bemidji State University men's track team. Thelen finished her first season as a member of the College of St.
Senior Victoria Lutz, sophomores Lydia Lutz, Summer Ellefson and Shelby Pierce, and eighth grader Mady Vaudrin were exuding with confidence entering last Saturday's Section 8A girls track and field meet at Crookston. That belief in their abilities led the five Park Rapids athletes to the state Class A meet. Lydia Lutz, Pierce, Ellefson and Victoria Lutz advanced to state by winning the 4 x 800-meter relay in 9:31.62.
Senior Victoria Lutz and sophomores Lydia Lutz, Shelby Pierce and Summer Ellefson qualified for the state Class A girls track and field meet in record fashion while eighth grader Mady Vaudrin advanced in impressive fashion at Saturday's Section 8A meet at Crookston. Lydia Lutz, Pierce, Ellefson and Victoria Lutz won the 4 x 800-meter relay by breaking the section record with a time of 9:31.62. The old record of 9:33.80 was set by Roseau in 2001. That time also set a new school record.
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt earned a return trip to the state Class A meet while Park Rapids placed in six events at Saturday's Section 8A boys track and field meet at Crookston. Schuldt won the 3,200-meter run in 10:07.33 to lead Nevis to 10th place with 28 points.
Menahga relied on pitching and defense in the postseason to advance to the state Class A fastpitch softball tournament. The Braves qualified for the state tournament for the fourth time in school history by following a 6-1 win over Bertha-Hewitt in last Tuesday's Section 6A semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Parkers Prairie in the Section 6A championship game Thursday night at Pillager. During the regular season, the Braves went 0-4 against their Park Region Conference rivals en route to a 6-13 record.
A four-run fourth inning carried Detroit Lakes to a 6-4 win over Park Rapids in the first round of the Section 8AA baseball playoffs Thursday at Detroit Lakes. Paul Dirks singled and scored in both the first and third innings to give Park Rapids a 2-1 lead. The No. 2-seeded Lakers strung together three singles to take a 5-2 lead in the fourth before the No. 7-seeded Panthers responded by scoring twice in the fifth.