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Monica Wold's 13 kills and Kailey Biermaier's nine ace serves led Crookston to a 25-14, 25-21, 25-18 win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Monday night at Crookston. The host Pirates jumped out to a 21-9 lead in Set 1.
Carrie Sorenson's 13 kills led Detroit Lakes to a 25-17, 25-16, 25-13 Mid-State Conference volleyball victory over Park Rapids Thursday night. Emma Wood served three aces and seven straight points to give the Lakers a 14-6 lead in Set 1.
Three winning times and four runner-up showings led the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to a solid third-place finish at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational. Melrose defended its title with 480 points while Brainerd finished second with 421 points.
Sweeping the three doubles titles led the Park Rapids girls tennis team to a runner-up finish at Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament at the Depot Courts and Century School courts. Staples-Motley repeated as conference champs by sweeping the singles titles and compiling 37 points. Park Rapids was second with 34 points while Pequot Lakes finished third with 30 points in this seven-team tournament. Alyssa Carlson and Christina Smith, the No. 2 seed, lost only six games in winning the title at No. 1 doubles.
Aaron Morris knew the keys for the Park Rapids football team against Crookston Friday night were to limit turnovers and contain quarterback Mark Bittner. The Panthers could do neither. In the Pirates' first two games, Bittner rushed 34 times for 187 yards and completed 24 of 47 passes for 296 yards and two TDs in a pair of losses. Friday night at Vern Weekley Field, Bittner rushed for 165 yards and two TDs and threw for 72 yards and another score in leading the Pirates to a 44-6 victory.
The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team went 1-2 in the first five events in coasting to a 102-61 victory over Fosston/Bagley Monday night at the Area High School pool. Katherine Erickson, Melissa Haas, Mandy Schirmers and Heather Kniss won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:05.66 and Jessica Andersen, Hannah Williams, Emily Creager and Taylor Ondracek followed in 2:06.84 as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead. Allycia Zinke (2:13.91), Lauren Rossman (2:16.20) and Haas (2:18.06) went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle before Creager (2:32.07) and Williams (2:33.80) followed with a 1-2 showin
Running together in two groups enabled the Park Rapids boys cross-country team to win its first meet title in a decade. Taylor Kimball, Isaac Overmyer and Bailey Mueller ran in one pack while Tanner Otterness, Jake Waggoner, Zac Haugland and Matt Sullivan ran in another pack as the Panthers led the 10-team field at Monday's Pelican Rapids Invitational.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team extended its winning streak to eight duals in a row Monday before having that streak snapped on Tuesday. A sweep in doubles and wins at the top singles spots led the Panthers to a 5-2 victory at Perham on Monday. Allie Girtz and Bonnie Baumgartner at the No. 1 spot, Heidi Schaum and Lydia Schaum at the No. 2 position, and Lexi Burlingame and Katie Walsh at the No. 3 spot combined to lose only four games in sweeping the three doubles matches. Bailey LaCoursiere coasted at No. 1 singles and Christina Smith coasted at No.
Amelia Pho's 13 kills and Beth Tormanen's 36 digs led the Menahga volleyball team to a 25-18, 16-25, 25-23, 25-13 win over Park Rapids Monday night at Menahga. Lindsey White served three points to lead Menahga in Set 1. Lizzy Vaudrin served a pair of aces for the Panthers in the opening set. Park Rapids tied the match in Set 2 as Ashley Domino served out the final three points. Vaudrin served two aces and Justine Rittgers had an ace serve for the Panthers. Delanie Weyer served six straight points to give the Braves a 15-8 lead in Set 3.
Katherine Erickson and Mandy Schirmers played a role in five first-place finishes in leading the Park Rapids girls swimming team to a 123-97 victory at Thief River Falls Thursday night. Erickson won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:09.09 and the 100 freestyle in 1:00.41 while Schirmers took first in the 200 individual medley in 2:29.41 and the 500 freestyle in 6:00.31. Those two also joined Leah Meinert and Taylor Ondracek on the 400 freestyle relay team that took first in 4:02.51.