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Kaisa Coborn hit a pair of home runs to spark the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team to a Mid-State Conference doubleheader sweep at Aitkin Tuesday. Coborn hit a solo homer and went 2 for 3 with three runs scored and combined with Rilee Michaelson on a two-hitter as the Panthers won the opener 12-1 in five innings. Coborn, Michaelson and Tara Johanning hit home runs in the second game as Park Rapids completed the sweep with a 16-0 win in four innings.
Cameron Hoyt led off with a single and scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Park Rapids baseball team an 8-7 win over Aitkin in the Mid-State Conference opener for both teams Tuesday at the Area High School field. After Aitkin scored a run in the first, the Panthers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on singles by Tristin Persons, Jason Haas and Zach Hocking. The Gobblers took a 6-2 lead by scoring five times in the second behind four walks, an error, a hit batter, a two-run double by Zak Peterson and an RBI single by Darek Rono.
Both the Park Rapids boys and girls golf teams got off to strong starts as both attempt to defend their Northern Pines Conference titles. Because of the late start to the season, the conference has changed this year's format to four 18-hole rounds that count as eight 9-hole meets instead of six 9-hole meets. The Panthers took advantage of that change by playing well on their home course as the 11 conference teams opened the season Monday at Headwaters Golf Club.
Damion Leon took first in the discus, Coral Johnson cleared the top height in the pole vault and Jaiden McCollum led the field in the shot put to lead the Park Rapids boys and girls track and field teams at Tuesday's Crookston Invitational, which was held at East Grand Forks. Leon threw the discus 135 feet, 8 inches to lead the Park Rapids boys to fourth place with 103.50 points. East Grand Forks topped the 12-team field with 173.50 points.
Patience at the plate helped the Nevis baseball team pick up three conference wins to remain undefeated on the season. The Tigers capitalized on 27 walks to score 39 runs to sweep Laporte 15-5 in five innings and 14-3 in three innings Monday and defeat Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 10-0 in six innings Tuesday. All three games were played at Laporte.
Rilee Michaelson threw a two-hitter as the Park Rapids fastpitch softball team remained undefeated on the season with a 15-0 four-inning victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday at the Park Rapids Area High School field. After Kendra Coborn and Kaisa Coborn scored on an error in the first inning, Kylee Pachel doubled, Lexi Hinkley-Smith lined an RBI triple, Kendra Coborn singled and Tara Johanning lined an RBI double to make it 6-0 in the second.
The Nevis baseball team used 33 hits to produce 33 runs in opening the season with three wins at home. A 14-hit attack led the Tigers to a 14-6 Northland Conference win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday afternoon. W-H-A scored five runs in the second inning to take a 5-2 lead before the Tigers rallied by scoring seven runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth as this game was ended after six innings.
A dominating performance by the girls and a balanced attack by the boys helped Park Rapids sweep titles at Friday's May Day Invitational track and field meet at Walker. In the girls meet, the Panthers won all four relays and added four other winning efforts to compile 171.50 points to easily top the 10-team field. Pequot Lakes was a distant second with 90 points while Nevis took eighth with 22.50 points.
Over the last 33 years, the Park Rapids Memorial Scholarship Fund has presented scholarships to graduating high school students who have excelled in athletics and academics to help them continue their educational pursuits.
Despite having to replace two leaders, head coach Walt Harrison is expecting another successful season from the Park Rapids girls golf team. Drew Hilmanowski capped off her senior season as the Panthers' MVP with an 89.0 average in eight 18-hole meets and a 44.0 average in five Northern Pines Conference meets while foreign-exchange student Sabela Valverde-Andrade followed with a 93.75 average in eight rounds and a 47.6 average in conference play.