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Panthers end regular season with a 7-0 win

Scott Smith focused on a volley during Thursday's Mid-State Conference match against Wadena-Deer Creek.1 / 2
Kevin Merfeld returned a shot during his No. 4 singles match against Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday.2 / 2

The Park Rapids boys tennis team ended the regular season in style with a 7-0 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday afternoon at the Depot Courts.

In singles play, Alex Renner, Steve Smith, Armando Padilla and Kevin Merfeld combined to lose only nine games in four straight-set wins.

The Panthers' three doubles teams - Max Brown and Scott Smith at No. 1, Kyle Dickinson and James Kujawa at No. 2, and Jonah Pearson and Chris Shaw at No. 3 - also won in straight sets to complete the sweep.

Park Rapids, which edged W-DC 4-3 earlier in the season, posted its first 7-0 win of the season to improve to 3-9 in dual meets.

The Section 8A team tournament was rained out Monday and was held Tuesday at Thief River Falls. The Panthers received the No. 6 seed and opened play against No. 3 Crookston. Thief River Falls was seeded No. 1 and Detroit Lakes was seeded No. 2.

The individual tournament will conclude Thursday at Thief River Falls starting with the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Renner is seeded No. 2 and Steve Smith is seeded No. 7 in singles. In doubles, the Brown/Scott Smith duo is seeded No. 8 while Kujawa and Dickinson are seeded No. 14.

Park Rapids 7, W-DC 0

No. 1 singles: Alex Renner, PR, over Austin Korkowski 6-1, 6-0.

No. 2 singles: Steve Smith, PR, over Zach Norenberg 6-0, 6-1.

No. 3 singles: Armando Padilla, PR, over Drew Larson 6-2, 6-3.

No. 4 singles: Kevin Merfeld, PR, over Kevin Jenson 6-1, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles: Max Brown/Scott Smith, PR, over Michael Paavola/Taylor Garcia 6-3, 6-2.

No. 2 doubles: Kyle Dickinson/James Kujawa, PR, over Joey Pate/Matt Green 6-0, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles: Jonah Pearson/Chris Shaw, PR, over Eliah Anderson/Aaron Karlson 6-4, 6-3.

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