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Panthers split closes matches with section rivals

Heidi Schaum returned a forehand during a No. 4 singles match against Crookston Saturday.

Roseau locked up the top seed for the upcoming Section 8A girls tennis tournament with a 4-3 win over Park Rapids Saturday at Crookston.

The Panthers should earn the No. 2 seed after defeating Crookston 4-3 in Saturday's first match. Roseau defeated Crookston 5-2 in the final match.

Park Rapids, which defeated Crookston by that same 4-3 score earlier in the season, ended the regular season with a 6-1 record against section teams and a 12-4 overall record. The section team and individual seedings will be announced later this week.

In the match against Crookston, Bailey LaCoursiere prevailed in straight sets at No. 1 singles, Julie Renner won in straight sets at No. 2 singles, Lydia Schaum prevailed in a tiebreaker at No. 3 singles, and Alyssa Carlson and Christina Smith won at No. 1 doubles to give the Panthers the win. Heidi Schaum lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles.

Roseau capped off an undefeated season against section opponents by edging the Panthers in the second match. Lydia Schaum won in straight sets at No. 3 singles, Carlson and Smith coasted at No. 1 doubles, and Karly Dickinson and Allie Girtz coasted at No. 2 doubles to lead the Panthers. Bonnie Baumgartner and Lexi Burlingame lost in a third-set tiebreaker. Roseau is rated No. 8 in the latest state Class A poll.

Park Rapids 4, Crookston 3

No. 1 singles: Bailey LaCoursiere, PR, over Michelle Stahlecker 6-1, 6-0.

No. 2 singles: Julie Renner, PR, over Rachel Lariviere 7-5, 6-1.

No. 3 singles: Lydia Schaum, PR, over Kylie Simmons 6-3, 4-6 7-1.

No. 4 singles: Caitlin Wahouske, C, over Heidi Schaum 1-6, 6-4, 7-3.

No. 1 doubles: Alyssa Carlson/Christina Smith, PR, over Bailey Morris/Lilli Denison 6-3, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles: Jacklyn Proulx/Lauren Graham, C, over Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz 6-2, 6-4.

No. 3 doubles: Riley Erickson/Lizzy Awender, C, over Bonnie Baumgartner/Lexi Burlingame 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).

Roseau 4, Park Rapids 3

No. 1 singles: Abby Ness, R, over Bailey LaCoursiere 6-1, 6-4.

No. 2 singles: Taylor McFarlane, R, over Julia Renner 7-5, 6-1.

No. 3 singles: Lydia Schaum, PR, over Bethany Tangen 6-4, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Bailey Janzen, R, over Katie Walsh 6-0, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles: Alyssa Carlson/Christina Smith, PR, over Megan Foley/Ingrid Mlodzik 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2 doubles: Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz, PR, over Jessica Acker/Tara Anderson 6-0, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles: Emily Hallie/Andrea Johnson, R, over Bonnie Baumgartner/Lexi Burlingame 6-4, 2-6, 7-4.