Panthers open season by hosting two events
After opening the season by dropping a pair of dual meets Friday at the Depot Courts, the Park Rapids girls tennis team rebounded to tie for second place at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational at the Depot Courts and Century School Courts.
Minnewaska Area posted a 5-2 win over the Panthers in Friday's first match of the North/South Challenge before Mound-Westonka posted a 5-0 win over Park Rapids in the second match. The No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles matches against Mound-Westonka weren't completed when it started to rain. Park Rapids' third match against Pine City was rained out. Aitkin, Crookston, Pine City, Roseau and Thief River Falls were the other teams competing Friday.
On Saturday, Minnewaska Area claimed the title at the Park Rapids Invitational with 32 points as the Panthers tied Fergus Falls and Moorhead for runner-up honors with 16 points in this eight-team tournament.
The Panthers (who were looking for their first win of the season at Fergus Falls Tuesday) will play Parkers Prairie, Yellow Medicine East and Sauk Centre in a quadrangular meet at Sauk Centre Thursday.
"I think that the girls played all right for only having two days of practice because of the rain," said Park Rapids head coach Brianne Morris. "Physically they did well. The biggest thing we need to work on right now is being mentally prepared. There is definitely room for improvement, but I'm happy with how they did with such a limited amount of time on the courts."
Panthers open 0-2
Park Rapids opened the season by dropping matches to Minnewaska Area and Mound-Westonka.
In the match against Minnewaska Area, Tori Hilmanowski posted a straight-set win at No. 2 singles while the No. 2 doubles team of Kendra Coborn and Gracie Eischens prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker to account for Park Rapids' two wins.
In Park Rapids' second match, Mound-Westonka swept the four singles matches and the No. 3 doubles match in straight set for the win as rain washed out the top doubles matches.
Because of time restraints, all sets started at 2-2.
Minnewaska Area 5, Park Rapids 2
No. 1 singles: Danielle Thorfinnson, MA, over Natalie Kinkel 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2 singles: Tori Hilmanowski, PR, over Alissa Thorfinnson 6-3, 6-3.
No. 3 singles: Hannah Orlowski, MA, over Abby Morris 7-5, 6-3.
No. 4 singles: Karra Hanson, MA, over Jada Renneberg 6-2, 6-2.
No. 1 doubles: Anna Vold/Greta Reichmann, MA, over Olivia Wallace/Chloe Johnson 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 doubles: Kendra Coborn/Gracie Eischens, PR, over Madelynn Reichmann/Camryn Mithun 2-6, 6-2, 10-4.
No. 3 doubles: Naomi Leedahl/Haylee Wildman, MA, over Meagan Powers/Emma Miller 6-3, 6-3.
Mound-Westonka 5, Park Rapids 0
No. 1 singles: Alex Welty, MW, over Tori Hilmanowski 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2 singles: Carter Phillips, MW, over Abby Morris 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 singles: Molly Schoephoerster, MW, over Jada Renneberg 6-2, 6-2.
No. 4 singles: Diana Hoernemann, MW, over Meagan Powers 6-2, 6-3.
No. 1 doubles: Natalie Kinkel/Chloe Johnson, PR, vs. Jamie Goldberg/Leah Richter, MW, rained out.
No. 2 doubles: Kendra Coborn/Gracie Eischens, PR, vs. Makenzie Anderson/Lauren Burris, MW, rained out.
No. 3 doubles: Lily Hames/Katelyn Wagner, MW, over Emma Miller/Mickey Clark 6-3, 6-3.
Minnewaska wins title
Minnewaska Area won titles at No. 1 singles, No. 3 singles, No. 2 doubles and No. 3 doubles and took second at No. 1 doubles to lead the field at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational.
Park Rapids shared second place behind runner-up showings by Natalie Kinkel at No. 1 singles and Hilmanowski at No. 2 singles. Meagan Powers took third at No. 4 singles while the No. 1 doubles team of Chloe Johnson and Abby Morris placed fourth.
Also competing for the Panthers were Coborn and Eischens (fifth at No. 2 doubles), Emma Miller and Mickey Clark (sixth at No. 3 doubles), and Jada Renneberg (eighth at No. 3 singles).
Because Thief River Falls backed out of the tournament, the other seven teams pooled players to form a Mixed Team. Park Rapids' Morgan Koppleman and Macy Goochey played for Wadena-Deer Creek and won the consolation title at No. 3 doubles.
East Grand Forks, Roseau and the Mixed Team tied for fifth place with 14 points while W-DC finished eighth with 11 points.
Team scores: Minnewaska Area 32, Park Rapids 16, Fergus Falls 16, Moorhead 16, East Grand Forks 14, Mixed Team 14, Roseau 14, Wadena-Deer Creek 11.
No. 1 singles: Danielle Thorfinnson, MA, over Natalie Kinkel, PR, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 singles: Maggie Dietrich, EGF, over Tori Hilmanowski, PR, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 singles: Karra Hanson, MA, over Karissa Ellingson, FF, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-3.
No. 4 singles: Ellie Colbeck, FF, over Corra Endres, WDC, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 doubles: Roseau's Haley Ostgaard/Kate Wensloff, MT, over Greta Reichmann/Anna Vold, MA.
No. 2 doubles: Hannah Orlowski/Cammy Mithun, MA, over Kylie Dumas/Sydney Mjoen, M, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 doubles: Madelynn Reichmann/Naomi Leedahl, MA, over Emma Craig/Rachel Craig, M, 6-2, 6-1.
Park Rapids results
Natalie Kinkel (No. 1 singles): defeated Roseau's Lauren Johnson, MT, 0-6, 6-3, 11-9; defeated Brenna Mjoness, M, 6-1, 6-4; lost to Danielle Thorfinnson, MW, 6-1, 6-2 (2nd).
Tori Hilmanowski (No. 2 singles): defeated Alissa Thorfinnson, MA, 6-4, 6-1; defeated Isabelle Rockstad, M, 6-2, 7-5; lost to Maggie Dietrich, EGF, 6-2, 6-2 (2nd).
Jada Renneberg (No. 3 singles): lost to Karissa Ellingson, FF, 6-3, 6-3; lost to Brynn Havis, EGF, 6-0, 3-6, 10-8; lost to Cassie Jensen, M, 6-4, 6-3 (8th).
Meagan Powers (No. 4 singles): defeated Kate Johnson, EGF, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2); lost to Ellie Colbeck, FF, 6-1, 6-1; defeated Addy Randt, MA, 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 (3rd).
Chloe Johnson/Abby Morris (No. 1 doubles): defeated Annika Sethre-Hofstad/Claire Rix, M, 6-3, 6-2; lost to Greta Reichmann/Anna Vold, MA, 6-1, 6-2; lost to Kailyn Richey/Abby Lemke, FF, 7-5, 3-6, 10-7 (4th).
Kendra Coborn/Gracie Eischens (No. 2 doubles): lost to Kylie Dumas/Sydney Mjoen, M, 6-2, 6-2; defeated Jasmyn Wood/Kelly Muckala, WDC, 6-1, 6-0; defeated Minnewaska's Halee Wildman/Annika Randt, MT, 5-7, 6-1, 10-2 (5th).
Emma Miller/Mickey Clark (No. 3 doubles): lost to Madelynn Reichmann/Naomi Leedahl, MA, 6-1, 6-1; defeated Mixed (FF/EGF) 6-4, 6-3; lost to Morgan Koppleman/Macy Goochey (PR), WDC, 6-4, 5-7, 11-9 (6th).
Morgan Koppleman/Macy Goochey (playing for W-DC at No. 3 doubles): lost to Emma Craig/Rachel Craig, M, 6-3, 6-0; defeated Renee Schevig/Morgan West, FF, 6-4, 6-2; defeated Emma Miller/Mickey Clark, PR, 6-4, 5-7, 11-9 (5th).