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Julia Smith won the Mid-State Conference title at No. 3 singles in helping the Park Rapids girls tennis team share second place.

Panthers win three titles, Cardinals win team title at Mid-State tennis meet

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     Led by titles at three positions, the Park Rapids girls tennis team tied for runner-up honors as the Mid-State Conference tournament concluded last Wednesday at the Depot Courts.

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     Staples-Motley also had three champions and used a runner-up finish and three third-place showings to claim the conference title with 35 points. A runner-up showing, a third-place effort and two fourth-place finishes gave the Panthers 33 points. Pequot Lakes also tallied 33 points behind one champion, three runner-up finishers and three third-place efforts.

     Leading the Panthers with first-place finishes were Julia Renner at No. 2 singles, Julia Smith at No. 3 singles, and the No. 3 doubles team of Ali Walsh and Mariena Dearstyne. Charity Ridlon and Hope Johnson took second at No. 2 doubles while Christina Smith finished third at No. 1 singles. Finishing fourth were Morgan Knott at No. 4 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Sarena Kinkel and Lindsey Girtz.

     Entering the conference tournament, Renner, Julia Smith, and the Walsh/Dearstyne duo were the top seeds while the Ridlon/Johnson duo was the No. 2 seed. Christina Smith and the Kinkel/Girtz duo were the No. 3 seeds while Knott was seeded No. 4. The tournament was postponed with half the matches completed because of rain on Sept. 14.

Team scores: Staples-Motley 35, Park Rapids 33, Pequot Lakes 33, Crosby-Ironton 22, Detroit Lakes 13, Wadena-Deer Creek 11, Perham 0.

Championship matches

No. 1 singles: Mikayla Wing, S-M, over Haley Wiebolt, PL, 6-3, 6-0.

No. 2 singles: Julia Renner, PR, over Jaden Lindner, PL, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 3 singles: Julia Smith, PR, over Sydney Holt, PL, 6-4, 6-2.

No. 4 singles: Lauren Bengston, PL, over Emily Froidcoeur, CI, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles: Kelsey Zetah/Nikki Edin, SM, over Shannon Lundgren/Meredith Silgen, CI, 6-1, 6-3.

No. 2 doubles: Emily Israelson/Grace Wolhowe, SM, over Charity Ridlon/Hope Johnson, PR, 6-2, 7-5.

No. 3 doubles: Ali Walsh/Mariena Dearstyne, PR, over Christina Smith/Kaleigh Hosier, SM, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 7-4.

Park Rapids results

Christina Smith (No. singles): defeated Dani Unruh, DL, 6-1, 6-1; lost to Haley Wiebolt, PL, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5; defeated Paige Hartman, WDC, 6-3, 6-1 (3rd).

Julia Renner (No. 2 singles): bye; defeated Abby Gindorff, CI, 6-1, 6-3; defeated Jaden Lindner, PL, 6-1, 6-1 (1st).

Julia Smith (No. 3 singles): bye; defeated Kari Watson, CI, 6-1, 6-0; defeated Sydney Holt, PL, 6-4, 6-2.

Morgan Knott (No. 4 singles): defeated Sydney Fritz, DL, 6-2, 6-2; lost to Lauren Bengston, PL, 6-0, 6-2; lost to Lexi Johnson, SM, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-5 (4th).

Sarena Kinkel/Lindsey Girtz (No. 1 doubles): defeated Emily Seebold/India Fritz, DL, 6-3, 6-1; lost to Shannon Lundgren/Meredith Silgen, CI, 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5; lost to Elli Erholtz/Carli Fyle, PL, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 (4th).

Charity Ridlon/Hope Johnson (No. 2 doubles): defeated Alyssa Moris/Makayla Kroenke, P, 6-1, 6-0; defeated Madison Galligan/Alex Nelson, PL, 6-1, 6-3; lost to Emily Israelson/Grace Wolhowe, SM, 6-2, 7-5 (2nd).

Ali Walsh/Mariena Dearstyne (No. 3 doubles): bye; defeated Madeline Oren/Rachael Reifenberger, CI, 6-0, 6-2; defeated Christina Smith/Kaleigh Hosier, SM, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 7-4 (1st).

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