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Morgan Knott focused on a return during a No. 2 doubles match against Pine City in the season opener for the Park Rapids girls tennis team Friday morning at the Depot Courts.

Panthers impressive in season debuts

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     The Park Rapids girls tennis team opened the season in impressive fashion against some good competition at the Depot Courts.

     In the season opener Friday, the Panthers defeated Pine City 5-2 and dropped 5-2 decisions to Aitkin and Mound Westonka during a quadrangular meet. Crookston, Minnewaska Area, Roseau and Thief River Falls also participated in this new tournament.

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     The Panthers followed by claiming runner-up honors in the eight-team Park Rapids Invitational on Saturday. Thief River Falls topped the field with 28 points while the Panthers used four runner-up finishes to finish second with 22 points.

     “I felt the girls played well for only four days of practice,” said Park Rapids head coach Brianne Morris. “The girls really enjoyed the competition, just not the warm weather. I could really see that the girls took time over the summer to improve their skills. There were some close matches that could have gone either way. We learned some things that we need to improve on, but it was a good start to our season.”

Panthers go 1-2 in quadrangular

     Hope Johnson won all three of her matches at No. 2 singles to lead the Panthers in their season debut.

     In addition to Johnson’s win, the Panthers used a sweep in doubles and a win by Natalie Kinkel at No. 3 doubles to defeat Pine City. Sarena Kinkel and Lindsey Girtz prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles, Morgan Knott and Mariena Dearstyne won in straight sets at No. 2 doubles, and Drew Hilmanowski and Haley MacPherson prevailed in straight sets at No. 3 doubles.

     Johnson prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker and Natalie Kinkel won in straight sets to account for the Panthers’ two victories against Aitkin.

     Johnson won a close match while Knott and Dearstyne prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker to lead the Panthers against Mound Westonka. Hilmanowski and MacPherson fell in a third-set tiebreaker.

     To speed up play, all matches started with 2-2 scores.

Park Rapids 5, Pine City 2

No. 1 singles: Natalie Cahill, PC, over Julia Smith 6-4, 6-3.

No. 2 singles: Hope Johnson, PR, over Ruth Rike 6-4, 6-3.

No. 3 singles: Natalie Kinkel, PR, over Gracie LeBrum 6-4, 6-3.

No. 4 singles: Lexi Miller, PC, over Tori Hilmanowski 6-2, 6-2.

No. 1 doubles: Lindsey Girtz/Sarena Kinkel, PR, over Alyssa Bursott/Raven Rarick 3-6, 6-4, 10-6.

No. 2 doubles: Morgan Knott/Mariena Dearstyne, PR, over Maria Carpenter/Caitlyn Furber 6-3, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles: Drew Hilmanowski/Haley MacPherson, PR, over MacKensie Kloecki/Morganne Johnson 6-4, 7-5.

Aitkin 5, Park Rapids 2

No. 1 singles: Claire Browning, A, over Julia Smith 6-4, 6-4.

No. 2 singles: Hope Johnson, PR, over Elise Courtemanche 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.

No. 3 singles: Natalie Kinkel, PR, over Nikki Courtemanche 6-3, 6-3.

No. 4 singles: Brynn Wilson, A, over Tori Hilmanowski 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.

No. 1 doubles: Lisa Anderson/Lydia Browning, A, over Sarena Kinkel/Lindsey Girtz 6-2, 7-5.

No. 2 doubles: Marissa Kinzer/Maren Butenhoff, A, over Morgan Knott/Mariena Dearstyne 6-4, 6-4.

No. 3 doubles: Corri Sanbeck/Bethany Kinzer, A, over Drew Hilmanowski/Haley MacPherson 6-3, 6-4.

Mound Westonka 5, Park Rapids 2

No. 1 singles: Evann Welty, MW, over Julia Smith 6-4, 6-4.

No. 2 singles: Hope Johnson, PR, over Kristina Linder 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

No. 3 singles: Alex Welty, MW, over Natalie Kinkel 6-3, 6-3.

No. 4 singles: Jaime Goldberg, MW, over Tori Hilmanowski 6-2, 6-3.

No. 1 doubles: Rachel Lee/Erin Ehlers, MW, over Lindsey Girtz/Sarena Kinkel 6-2, 6-4.

No. 2 doubles: Morgan Knott/Mariena Dearstyne, PR, over Sam Burris/Lauren Brady 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.

No. 3 doubles: Hannah O’Borsky/Ellie Burris, MW, over Drew Hilmanowski/Haley MacPherson 6-4, 4-6, 12-10.

TRF wins PR Invitational title

     Thief River Falls won titles at No. 2 singles, No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles to claim the team title Saturday.

     Julia Smith at No. 1 singles, Tori Hilmanowski at No. 4 singles, Knott and Dearstyne at No. 2 doubles, and Drew Hilmanowski and MacPherson at No. 3 doubles finished second to lead the Panthers.

     Girtz and Sarena Kinkel finished fourth at No. 1 doubles while Johnson (at No. 2 singles) and Natalie Kinkel (at No. 3 singles) claimed consolation titles.

Team scores: Thief River Falls 28, Park Rapids 22, Minnewaska Area 18, Moorhead 18, Roseau 17, Fergus Falls 14, East Grand Forks 10, Wadena-Deer Creek 4.

Championship matches

No. 1 singles: Anna Steinwand, Mhd, over Julia Smith, PR, 7-5, 6-4.

No. 2 singles: Callie Fegerstrom, TRF, over Sarah Taylor, FF, 6-3, 6-4.

No. 3 singles: Cynthia Loven, EGF, over Jodi Ostroski, Ros, 6-4, 6-4.

No. 4 singles: Ellie Jorgenson, TRF, over Tori Hilmanowski, PR, 6-0, 6-0.

 No. 1 doubles: Makenna Hanson/Joelle Thorfinnson, Minn, over Juliet Lumberg/Carly Lansetter, TRF, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2 doubles: Allie Okeson/Shauna  Spears, TRF, over Morgan Knott/Mariena Dearstyne, PR, 7-5, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles: Anna Wilke/Becky Wilke, Mhd, over Drew Hilmanowski/Haley MacPherson, PR, 6-4, 6-2.

Park Rapids results

Julia Smith (No. 1 singles): defeated Chessa Jones, EGF, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2; defeated Marrisa Jevne, Ros, 6-2, 7-5; lost to Anna Steinwand, Mhd, 7-5, 6-4 (2nd).

Hope Johnson (No. 2 singles): lost to Callie Fegerstrom, TRF, 6-2, 6-3; defeated Whitney Eickhoff, WDC, 7-5, 6-0; defeated Emma Dietrich, EGF, 4-7, 6-3, 10-6 (5th).

Natalie Kinkel (No. 3 singles): lost to Kenyn Leake, TRF, 6-2, 6-4; defeated Melissa Glatt, Mhd, 6-1, 6-2; defeated Anna Vold, Minn, 3-6, 6-4, 10-5 (5th).

Tori Hilmanowski (No. 4 singles): defeated Lindy Jones, WDC, 6-2, 6-4; defeated Mady Kangas, Mhd, 6-3, 6-4; lost to Ellie Jorgenson, TRF, 6-0, 6-0 (2nd).

Lindsey Girtz/Sarena Kinkel (No. 1 doubles): defeated Emma Clark/Abby MacFarlane, FF, 6-2, 6-2; lost to Makenna Hanson/Joelle Thorfinnson, Minn, 6-1, 6-1; lost to Sarina Goos/Morgan Bicker, Ros, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 12-10 (4th).

Morgan Knott/Mariena Dearstyne (No. 2 doubles): defeated McKayla Woods/Elise Kallevig, WDC, 6-1, 6-2; defeated Heather Fettig/Juli Miller, Ros, 6-3, 6-0; lost to Allie Okeson/Shauna Spears, TRF, 7-5, 6-2 (2nd).

Drew Hilmanowski/Haley MacPherson (No. 2 doubles): defeated Kayla Partlow/Ellie Vonesh, EGF, 6-0, 6-1; defeated Sadie Clem/Fran Marshall, TRF, 6-2, 6-1; lost to Anna Wilke/Becky Wilke, Mhd, 6-4, 6-2 (2nd).

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