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The Park Rapids girls tennis team reached the .500 mark in dual meets with a pair of 7-0 home wins over Mid-State Conference opponents. Park Rapids won five matches in straight sets against Detroit Lakes Monday and won six matches in straights sets against Perham Tuesday at the Depot Courts. Julie Renner, Lydia Schaum, Heidi Schaum and Charity Ridlon prevailed in singles against Detroit Lakes while Christina Smith, Renner and the Schaums coasted to straight-set wins in singles against Perham. Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz won both matches in straight sets at No.
Another solid all-around team effort led to another easy dual victory for the Park Rapids girls swimming team Tuesday night. The Panthers went 1-2 in six events and won three other events before swimming exhibition in the final two events in a 60-32 victory over Fosston/Bagley at the five-lane Fosston pool. Jessica Andersen, Hannah Williams, Emily Creager and Heather Kniss opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2:11.27 while Allycia Zinke, Seri Erickson, Christina Mackley and Ellen Hoffman followed in 2:14.71. Mandy Schirmers won the 200 freestyle in 2:13.32 and Taylor G
Staples-Motley handed the Park Rapids girls tennis team another 4-3 loss Thursday at Staples. Julie Renner posted a straight-set win at No. 1 singles, Charity Ridlon posted a straight-set win at No. 4 singles, and Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz posted a straight-set win at No. 1 doubles to lead the Panthers. Staples-Motley matched the Panthers with straight-set wins at No. 1 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles before claiming the win by winning in three sets at No. 3 doubles. The win lifted the Cardinals to 2-0 in Mid-State Conference matches and 3-1 overall.
Going 1-2 in the first seven events led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to another easy dual victory Thursday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers built a 107-32 advantage before swimming exhibition in the final three events to improve to 2-0 in dual meets. Jessi Andersen, Mandy Schirmers, Allycia Zinke and Heather Kniss won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:07.10 while Ellen Hoffman, Jessie O'Hern, Christina Mackley and Taylor Graham followed in 2:12.43 as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead. Hannah Williams won the 200 freestyle in 2:15.92 and Lauren Rossman
A strong serving night sparked the Park Rapids volleyball team to its first win of the season Thursday night. The Panthers served 18 aces in a 25-10, 25-7, 25-16 Mid-State Conference win over Staples-Motley at the Area High School gym. Two aces by Grace Bateman, two kills and a block by Olivia Vaadeland, and an ace serve by Katelyn Hilmanowski turned an 8-5 lead in Set 1 into an 18-9 advantage. After a kill by Vaadeland, three ace serves by Shania Johnson closed out the opening set. Erika Jerger opened Set 2 with seven straight service points.
Lydia Lutz led the field as the Park Rapids girls cross-country team finished third at Tuesday's Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational. Lutz, who is rated No. 10 in this week's state Class A poll, covered the 4,000-meter course in a winning time of 16:02 in leading the Panthers to third place with 49 points. Little Falls took first with 39 points while Perham was second with 42 points. Park Rapids moved up to the No. 8 spot in this week's state poll while Perham dropped a spot to No.
After losing three close duals in the first four meets, the Park Rapids girls tennis team turned in a pair of dominating performances against Mid-State Conference opponents. The Panthers lost only six games en route to a 7-0 win over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday at the Depot Courts. Prior to that win, the Panthers coasted to a 7-0 win over Crosby-Ironton last Thursday at the Depot Courts.
Frazee took charge down the stretch in three of the four sets to defeat the Park Rapids volleyball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The Hornets used a 10-1 run to close Set 1, a 12-2 run to end Set 3 and a 16-8 run to end the match in a 25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 25-17 victory. Park Rapids jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening set behind the serving of Erika Jerger. Katelyn Hilmanowski's two kills and a kill and block by Olivia Vaadeland gave the Panthers the early lead.
A 1-2 showing in the first event set the tone as the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team made its home debut with a dominating 102-76 win over the Warroad/Roseau North Thursday night at the Area High School pool. The Panthers also went 1-2 in six other events before swimming exhibition in the final three events en route to the easy win. Katherine Erickson, Hannah Williams, Mandy Schirmers and Lauren Rossman won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:02.72 and Ellen Hoffman, Jessie O'Hern, Taylor Graham and Heather Kniss followed in 2:07.57 as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead. After
Hawley's defense forced four turnovers and scored a touchdown as the Nuggets made their Heart O'Lakes Conference football debut with a 41-7 win over Park Rapids Friday night. The Nuggets used a 27-yard punt return and an interception to set up a pair of touchdowns in building a 21-0 lead at the half before sealing the win with a 41-yard fumble return late in the fourth quarter. "I don't think Hawley is any better than us," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris. "The score didn't show how we played.