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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.
TJ Erickson and Austin Becker pitched complete games as the Park Rapids Esox ended a successful season with a pair of losses at the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament Aug. 4-5 at Deer Creek. Park Rapids, the No. 2 seed in the Lake and Pine League, opened with a 4-2 loss to Deer Creek Aug. 4. Deer Creek entered as the No. 3 seed in the Hi-10 League. Both teams scored a run in the first inning before the Shockers scored once in the fifth and twice in the eighth to build a 4-1 lead. The Esox scored the final run in the bottom of the eighth.
After losing the lead early in the final round, Trent Wilcox played even-par golf for the final 18 holes to capture the Men's Club Championship at Headwaters Golf Club Sunday afternoon. Wilcox finished the two-day, 45-hole tournament with a 184 to defeat defending champion Doug Taylor by six strokes. Jim Emerson was third with a 191, Dana Husby finished fourth with a 194, Lee Davis was fifth with a 195 and Wayne Nelson took sixth with a 208. There were nine golfers who teed off on Saturday with six finishing all 45 holes.
Sue Fisher played steady golf in coasting to the last two Women's Club Championships at Headwaters Golf Club. Winning her sixth consecutive title Sunday proved to be even easier. Fisher was the only member who signed up for the two-day, 36-hole Women's Club Championship. The way Fisher played during Saturday's first 18 holes, it's doubtful any competitor would have dethroned the defending champ.
John Schumacher said the timing was right to retire as Park Rapids' activities director. After serving 31 years in different capacities for District 309, including the last 14 as the activities director, Schumacher officially retired on July 1.