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Despite being held to only six hits, the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team managed to split a Mid-State Conference doubleheader at Perham Tuesday. The Panthers capitalized on four hits and six walks to win the opener 5-4. Park Rapids managed only two hits in a 2-0 loss in the second game. In the opener, the Pan-thers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Walks to Alyssa Carlson, Carson Lee Christenson and Olivia Vaadeland set up a sacrifice fly by Leeza Tostenson and an RBI grounder by Brie Warne.
Season bests by Mary Kading, Kirsten Erickson and Katie Kristofferson led the Park Rapids girls golf team to its best team score of the season Monday at Headwaters Country Club. Kading carded an 88 while Erickson and Kristofferson had 91s as the Panthers finished fifth at the 13-team Park Rapids Invitational with a 375. Hannah Williams' 105 rounded out the Panthers' team score. This marked the third time this season Park Rapids has carded a round under 400. Detroit Lakes led the field with a 349, which was seven shots ahead of Roseau's 356.
Since 2000, the Park Rapids Education & Activities Foundation has donated more than $220,000 in grants to athletic, fine arts and educational programs at the Park Rapids Area Schools. The mission of the PREAF is to insure the funding for strong and healthy educational, fine arts and athletic programs of the Park Rapids Area Schools as well as providing a contribution structure for these and other school programs. The goals of the PREAF are to establish annual fundraising efforts to provide financial support for the current educational and activities programs in the Park Rapids school distr
Max Brown and Scott Smith won the only match as the Park Rapids boys tennis team dropped duals to Thief River Falls and Staples-Motley Tuesday at the Depot Courts. Thief River Falls defeated the Panthers 7-0 in the first match before Staples-Motley prevailed 6-1 in the second match. Brown and Smith won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles to give the Panthers their only point. Jonah Pearson and Chris Shaw lost in an abbreviated tiebreaker at No.
In terms of the regular season, the Park Rapids boys swimming team had similar results to last year. In terms of the post-season, you could argue the Panthers were twice as successful as a team than a year ago. During the regular season, the Panthers went 0-6 in dual meets and placed near the bottom in every invitational meet. Those results were the same as last season. The Panthers finished third at the Mid-State Conference meet and last at the Section 3A meet for the second year in a row.
Jordan Radcliffe carded a 75 to earn medalist honors and lead the Roseau boys golf team to the title at Friday's United North Central Invitational at Blueberry Pines. Roseau topped the 13-team field with a 313, four strokes ahead of Detroit Lakes.
Lydia Lutz played a role in two meet records in helping the Park Rapids girls track and field team capture the title at Friday's Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Invitational. Lutz won the 800-meter run with a record time of 2:24.35 and joined Summer Ellefson, Sophie Shogren and Victoria Lutz on the winning 4 x 800 relay team, which set a meet record with a time of 10:01.01. Also clocking winning times for the Panthers were Heather Goodwater in the 100 hurdles (17.87), Victoria Lutz in the 1,600 run (5:35.9), Grace Bateman in the 300 hurdles (52.4), and the 4 x 400 relay team of Hannah Wolff, Elle
Career bests by Gairett Johnson, Bailey Mueller and Tony Schmid led the Park Rapids boys golf team to a fifth-place finish at Monday's Wolf Pack Invitational at Walker's Tianna Country Club. Johnson shot an 87, Mueller carded an 89 and Schmid shot a 90 as the Panthers finished with a 361, which is their lowest round since 2007.
Seven winning performances and five runner-up efforts at Tuesday's Pequot Lakes Invitational led the Park Rapids girls track and field team to its third title of the season. Heather Goodwater finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in 18.10, Lydia Lutz took first in the 1,600 run in 5:18.10, Summer Ellefson won the 400 dash in 1:02.80 and Nicole Knott led the field in the discus with a distance of 86 feet, 11 inches to lead the Panthers to 152 points. Pierz was second in this 10-team meet with 108 points. Park Rapids also won three of the four relays.
Wadena-Deer Creek prevented the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team from winning the Mid-State Conference title the last two years. After Tuesday's doubleheader sweep, the Panthers can't blame W-DC for costing them the conference title this season. The Panthers improved to 4-0 in conference play by defeating W-DC 3-2 in the first game and 12-6 in the second game of a conference doubleheader at Wadena. W-DC, which captured the last two conference titles by going 12-0 last season and 11-1 in 2008, held a 2-1 lead going into the seventh inning of the first game before the Panthers rallied.