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Panthers serve up first varsity wins

Taylor Wheeler returned a forehand during a No. 3 doubles match at the Century School courts last Saturday. The Panthers made their season debut by placing sixth at the Park Rapids Invitational. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)1 / 2
Park Rapids' Kelsey Adolphson served a point during a No. 3 doubles match last Saturday at the Century School courts. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)2 / 2

Having four players win their first varsity matches provided some of the highlights for the Park Rapids girls tennis team at last Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational.

Freshman Julia Renner made her varsity debut by claiming runner-up honors at No. 3 singles, junior Kelsey Adolphson and sophomore Taylor Wheeler finished fourth at No. 3 doubles in their varsity debuts, and sophomore Lexi Burlingame won her first varsity match by teaming with sophomore Katie Walsh to place seventh at No. 2 doubles.

Senior Mary Kading placed fourth at No. 2 singles, junior Alyssa Carlson finished fifth at No. 1 singles, junior Karly Dickinson and sophomore Allie Girtz finished sixth at No. 1 doubles, and freshman Sam Boyd finished eighth at No. 4 singles as the Panthers finished sixth in this eight-team tournament with 12 points. Moorhead won the team title with 29 points.

"I thought the girls did a really nice job considering we had five girls getting their first varsity experience," said Park Rapids head coach Nicole Brandt.

Team scores: Moorhead 29, Roseau 22, East Grand Forks 20, Thief River Falls 19, Minnewaska Area 15, Park Rapids 12, Fergus Falls 11, Wadena-Deer Creek 8.

Championship matches

No. 1 singles: Abby Ness, R, over Jessamy Jones, EGF, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 2 singles: Baily Mankie, EGF, over Lizzy Ross, M, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 3 singles: Taylor McFarlane, R, over Julia Renner, PR, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Kirsten Hoaby, M, over Jessica Rose, R, 6-1, 5-7, 7-1.

No. 1 doubles: Katie Rook/Jamie LaCoursiere, TRF, over Layne Myer/Samantha Nelson, M, 6-1, 6-3.

No. 2 doubles: Rachel Phelps/Briana Truman, M, over Gina Peters/Allie Ostrander, MA, 4-6, 6-2, 7-4.

No. 3 doubles: Ashley Woods/Brittany Glatt, M, over Karissa Kaushagen/Molly Meagen, TRF, 6-4, 6-2.

Park Rapids results

Alyssa Carlson (No. 1 singles): lost to Zoe Pietras-Swanton, TRF, 0-6, 6-3, 7-2; defeated Emma Connell, M, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1); defeated Laura Paulson, MA, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 (5th).

Mary Kading (No. 2 singles): defeated Haley Anderson, W-DC, 6-0, 6-1; lost to Lizzy Ross, M, 6-3, 6-3; lost to Breana Jenks, MA, 6-2, 6-3 (4th).

Julia Renner (No. 3 singles): defeated Caitlyn Nygaard, FF, 6-2, 6-1; defeated Lilly Mankie, EGF, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5; lost to Taylor McFarlane, R, 6-1, 6-1 (2nd).

Sam Boyd (No. 4 singles): lost to Ellen Stensrud, MA, 6-1, 6-1; lost to Carly Ouren, FF, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1); lost to Paige Hartman, W-DC, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) (8th).

Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz (No. 1 doubles): lost to Layen Myer/Samantha Nelson, M, 6-2, 6-3; defeated Sarah Fuenrich/Aundrea Johnson, MA, 7-5, 6-4; lost to McKenna Jones/Paige Jensen, EGF, 6-2, 6-0 (6th).

Katie Walsh/Lexi Burlingame (No. 2 doubles): lost to Rachel Phelps/Briana Turman, M, 5-7, 7-5, 7-2; lost to Tara Anderson/Jessica Acker, R, 6-2, 6-2; defeated Hannah Jacobson/Ashley Carlson, W-DC, 6-1, 6-0 (7th).

Kelsey Adolphson/Taylor Wheeler (No. 3 doubles): defeated Molly Kraemer/Molly Barnett, W-DC, 6-3, 6-0; lost to Karissa Kaushagen/Molly Meagen, TRF, 6-4, 6-3; lost to Rachel Riley/Jacla Hoffman, MA, 6-2, 6-1 (4th).

Panthers drop three duals

The Panthers began their dual season by dropping three matches on the road.

Renner's straight-set win at No. 2 singles provided the Panthers' only point in a 6-1 loss at Fergus Falls Tuesday. Girtz and Walsh lost in three sets at No. 2 doubles while Kading and Dickinson dropped a pair of tiebreakers at No. 1 doubles.

At Sauk Centre Wednesday, the Panthers followed a 5-2 loss to Sauk Centre with a 4-3 loss to Yellow Medicine East.

Kading and Carlson won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles while Dickinson and Girtz prevailed in straight sets at No. 2 doubles to lead the Panthers against Sauk Centre.

Against YME, Kading and Carlson won at No. 1 doubles, Dickinson and Girtz were victorious at No. 2 doubles, and Renner prevailed in a tiebreaker at No. 1 singles.

The Panthers travel to Crookston for a tournament today (Saturday) and will return home to host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Pequot Lakes and Crookston Tuesday and Detroit Lakes and Crosby-Ironton in two Mid-State Conference matches Thursday.

Fergus Falls 6, Park Rapids 1

No. 1 singles: Lindsey Kimball, FF, over Alyssa Carlson 6-3, 6-3.

No. 2 singles: Julia Renner, PR, over Samantha Velde 6-3, 6-3.

No. 3 singles: Caitlyn Nygaard, FF, over Lexi Burlingame 6-2, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Carly Ouren, FF, over Taylor Wheeler 6-1, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles: Cristina Masten/Kaylar Nuemann, FF, over Mary Kading/Karly Dickinson 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5).

No. 2 doubles: Amanda Breen/Kylie Jensen, FF, over Allie Girtz/Katie Walsh 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

No. 3 doubles: Jenny Marx/Katie Schoeneck, FF, over Elizabeth Lempola/Emily Klingenberg 6-1, 6-2.

Sauk Centre 5, Park Rapids 2

No. 1 singles: Laura Hintzen, SC, over Julia Renner 6-1, 6-1.

No. 2 singles: Kady Buschette, SC, over Emily Klingenberg 6-1, 6-2.

No. 3 singles: Krystal Heinen, SC, over Elizabeth Lempola 6-0, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Leah Amundson, SC, over Taylor Wheeler 6-0, 6-2.

No. 1 doubles: Mary Kading/Alyssa Carlson, PR, over Chelsea Donnay/Christine Zimmerman 6-2, 6-3.

No. 2 doubles: Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz, PR, over Samantha Ritter/Amy Zimmerman 6-3, 6-4.

No. 3 doubles: Leah Middendorf/Meghan Duchene, SC, over Katie Walsh/Lexi Burlingame 6-1, 6-4.

YME 4, Park Rapids 3

No. 1 singles: Julie Renner, PR, over Kate Scheffler 4-6, 6-3, 10-1.

No. 2 singles: Carlee Willander, YME, over Emily Klingenberg 6-3, 6-1.

No. 3 singles: Hannah Hagen, YME, over Elizabeth Lempola 6-1, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Leiah Smalley, YME, over Taylor Wheeler 6-2, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles: Mary Kading/Alyssa Carlson, PR, over Kayla Hegna/Grace Christian 6-3, 6-4.

No. 2 doubles: Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz, PR, over Amelia Bergquist/Cortney Bennett 6-3, 6-4.

No. 3 doubles: Brooke Velde/Taylor Lee, YME, over Katie Walsh/Lexi Burlingame 6-3, 7-6 (10-8).