Smith, Renner claim title at No. 1 doubles
Julia Renner and Christina Smith claimed the title at No. 1 doubles in leading the Park Rapids girls tennis team to third place at last Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament at Park Rapids.
Renner and Smith, the No. 1 seed, defeated Pequot Lakes' Ellie Heggerston and Carly Fyle in the championship match as the Panthers compiled 37 points. Staples-Motley, which won all four singles spots, won the conference title with 45 points while Pequot Lakes finished second with 40 points in this seven-team tournament.
Charity Ridlon, the No. 3 seed at No. 2 singles, and Hope Johnson, the No. 3 seed at No. 3 singles, claimed runner-up honors for the Panthers while Lydia Schaum (at No. 4 singles) and Jeni Simpson and Jill Simpson (at No. 3 doubles) took third. Schaum and the Simpsons entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed.
Julia Smith, the No. 4 seed at No. 1 singles, and Lindsey Girtz and Sarena Kinkel, the No. 3 seed at No. 2 doubles, finished fourth.
Team scores: Staples-Motley 45, Pequot Lakes 40, Park Rapids 37, Crosby-Ironton 25, Detroit Lakes 21, Wadena-Deer Creek 19, Perham 9.
No. 1 singles: Mikayla Wing, SM, over Haley Wiebolt, PL, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 2 singles: Grace Wolhowe, SM, over Charity Ridlon, PR, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 3 singles: Emily Israelson, SM, over Hope Johnson 7-5, 6-0.
No. 4 singles: Sarah Koopman, SM, over Sydney Holt, PL, 7-5, 3-6, 7-3.
No. 1 doubles: Christina Smith/Julia Renner, PR, over Ellie Heggerston/Carly Fyle, PL, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
No. 2 doubles: Ellie Erholtz/Lauren Bengtson, PL, over Vanessa Hudrlik/Jessica Dauer, CI, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 3 doubles: Nikki Edin/Linsey Johnson, SM, over Erika Monson/Eevi Vaahto, PL, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
Park Rapids matches
Julia Smith (No. 1 singles): defeated Katie Anderson, DL, 6-3, 6-1; lost to Mikayla Wing, SM, 6-2, 6-3; lost to Macy Hartman, WDC, 6-3, 7-5 (4th).
Charity Ridlon (No. 2 singles): defeated Paige Biegler, P, 6-1, 6-1; defeated Jaden Lindner, PL, 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-1; lost to Grace Wolhowe, SM, 6-1, 6-4 (2nd).
Hope Johnson (No. 3 singles): defeated Maggie Rennicke, P, 6-0, 7-5; defeated Dani Unruh, DL, 6-3, 6-3; lost to Emily Israelson, SM, 7-5, 6-0 (2nd).
Lydia Schaum (No. 4 singles): defeated Josie Beachy, P, 6-0, 6-1; lost to Sydney Holt, PL, 5-7, 6-3, 7-3; defeated Kari Watson, CI, 3-6, 6-2, 7-1 (3rd).
Christina Smith/Julia Renner (No. 1 doubles): bye; defeated Maggie O'Keefe/Kelsey Zetah, SM, 7-5, 6-3; defeated Ellie Heggerston/Carly Fyle, PL, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) (1st).
Lindsey Girtz/Sarena Kinkel (No. 2 doubles): defeated Julia Pearson/Alyssa Morris/P, 6-0, 6-2; lost to Ellie Erholtz/Lauren Bengtson, PL, 6-4, 6-3; lost to Brooke Wolhowe/Ann Kautto, SM, 6-4, 6-1 (4th).
Jeni Simpson/Jill Simpson (No. 3 doubles): defeated Liz Steger/Sydney Fritz, DL, 6-2, 6-2; lost to Erika Monson/Eevi Vaahto, PL, 6-2, 5-7, 7-3; defeated Maddie Hinajos/Erin Johnson, WDC, 7-5, 6-1 (3rd).
Panthers win pair at TRF
The Panthers extended their winning streak to eight matches in a row by defeating East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls at Thief River Falls Tuesday.
The Panthers won six of seven matches in straight sets to defeat East Grand Forks 6-1 in a battle of Section 8A teams. Renner, Julia Smith and Ridlon prevailed in singles while Sarena Kinkel and Hope Johnson, Heidi Schaum and Lindsey Girtz, and the Simpsons prevailed in doubles. Christina Smith lost a pair of tiebreakers at No. 1 singles.
Park Rapids swept the doubles matches to edge Thief River Falls 4-3 in the second match. Lydia Schaum posted a straight-set win at No. 2 singles while the Christina Smith/Renner and Johnson/Julia Smith doubles teams coasted to wins. The Simpsons prevailed in three sets for the deciding point as the Panthers improved to 11-3 in dual meets.
Park Rapids 6, East Grand Forks 1
No. 1 singles: Jessamy Jones, EGF, over Christina Smith 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6).
No. 2 singles: Julia Renner, PR, over Chessa Jones 6-1, 6-2.
No. 3 singles: Julia Smith, PR, over Erika Pritchett 6-2, 6-2.
No. 4 singles: Charity Ridlon, PR, over Emma Dietrich 6-4, 6-3.
No. 1 doubles: Sarena Kinkel/Hope Johnson, PR, over Kelli Radi/Katie Berggren 6-4, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles: Heidi Schaum/Lindsey Girtz, PR, over Ashley Normandin/Kaity Randall 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.
No. 3 doubles: Jeni Simpson/Jill Simpson, PR, over Cynthia Loven/Mackenzie Burris 6-1, 6-3.
Park Rapids 4, Thief River Falls 3
No. 1 singles: Karlee Jorgenson, TRF, over Charity Ridlon 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2 singles: Lydia Schaum, PR, over Sheena Lee 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 singles: Sylvia Marolt, TRF, over Heidi Schaum 6-0, 6-1.
No. 4 singles: Carly Lansetter, TRF, over Samantha Boyd 6-2, 6-0.
No. 1 doubles: Julia Renner/Christina Smith, PR, over Sabrina Okeson/Kora Torkelson 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2 doubles: Hope Johnson/Julia Smith, PR, over Juliet Tunberg/Brandi Malwitz 6-0, 6-2.
No. 3 doubles: Jill Simpson/Jeni Simpson, PR, over Franny Marshall/Sam Huot 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.