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Even though head coach Kerry Johnson would like to see more numbers, the Park Rapids boys and girls cross-country teams are in a better situation than a year ago. Entering last season, the Panthers had only three boys and three girls returning who competed in the Section 8A meet in 2016. Entering this season, the Panthers return five boys and three girls who competed at the 2017 section meet.
Hunter Malachek threw eight solid innings and Maple Lake used a six-run fifth inning to spark an 8-2 win over Midway in the second round of the state Class C amateur baseball tournament Saturday night at Shakopee.
When the new school season begins, a big presence will be missing at Park Rapids Area Schools. John Schumacher retired after 14 years as the activities director, serving his last day at the end of June. "Big Schu" took over as activities director in 2004 and retired after serving 31 years in various capacities for District 309. Jeremy Nordick officially replaced Schumacher in July. So far, the transition has been a smooth one.
Fred Nordstrom developed a love of biking at an early age. Eight decades later, Nordstrom is still an avid bicyclist. "I started biking in the 1930s. We lived on a farm in Iowa and I would bike to school every day," said Nordstrom. "I still bike twice a week with the Hubbard Bicycle Club. I've been very fortunate I've had good health to do this." To demonstrate his good health, Nordstrom completed a 90-mile bike ride to commemorate his 90th birthday. Nordstrom broke the ride into six 15-mile trips, completing the final leg on Monday on the Heartland Trail.
Led by six straight-set wins, the Park Rapids girls tennis rolled to a 7-0 victory at Fergus Falls Tuesday. The Panthers dropped only 15 games in sweeping the four singles matches with Natalie Kinkel, Abby Morris, Kendra Coborn and Mickey Clark coasting to straight-set wins. Chloe Johnson and Jada Renneberg dropped only four games at No. 1 doubles while Madison Johnson and Meagan Powers posted a straight-set win at No. 3 doubles. Gracie Eischens and Rachael Herman completed the sweep by prevailing in three sets at No. 2 doubles.
It's official. McKenna Brand is a professional hockey player. Brand, a 2014 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School and a 2018 graduate of Northeastern University, signed a contract on Aug. 17 to play professional hockey for the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League. Brand, who was the 11th overall player selected in the 2017 NWHL Draft by the Metropolitan Riveters, has the opportunity to stay in the Boston area after becoming a free agent and signing with the Pride.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team opened the season with dual losses to Minnewaska, Mound-Westonka and Pine City at the North vs. South Challenge at the Depot Courts and Century School courts Friday. Mickey Clark posted a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles for the Panthers' lone win in a 6-1 loss to Minnewaska in the first match at the Century School courts. Jada Renneberg fell in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles while Minnewaska won the other five matches in straight sets.
In each of the 16 years of the Northwoods Triathlon, Nevis' Edward Bolton has been a perennial favorite to win his age division. Being one of the oldest individual competitors every year since the Nevis triathlon began in 2003 has had its advantages. "I've finished first a few times," said Bolton. "I guess there's no glory in that when no one else is in your division."
It was deja vu all over again at Nevis' 16th annual Northwoods Triathlon on Aug. 11. Mayer's Brooks Grossinger and Corcoran's Mata Agre defended their titles with Grossinger claiming the men's title for the 12th consecutive year and 14th time overall while Agre captured the women's title for the third year in a row.
Midway is heading back to the state Class C amateur baseball tournament after repeating as the Region 14C champs. The Snurdbirds overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring twice in the fifth and twice in the sixth for a 5-3 win over Bluffton in the Region 14C championship game Aug. 11 at Perham.