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Lydia Lutz repeated as the individual champion in leading the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to the team title at Thursday's Mid-State Conference meet at Staples. Isaac Overmyer became the first member of the Park Rapids boys cross-country team to win the Mid-State title since 1995 in leading the Panthers to third place. Lutz, who is rated as the No. 6 individual in this week's state Class A poll, won her third consecutive conference title and fifth straight all-conference honor by covering the 4,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 41 seconds.
Untimely turnovers again proved costly to the Park Rapids football team. East Grand Forks turned four Park Rapids turnovers into three touchdowns and a field goal in a 32-8 Heart O'Lakes Conference North Division and Section 8AAA win Friday night at East Grand Forks. Park Rapids had four turnovers in a 41-7 loss to Hawley, five turnovers in a 34-14 loss to Perham and five turnovers in a 33-14 loss to Thief River Falls prior to Friday night's game. "We had too turnovers and too many mental mistakes," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris. "They wanted it more than we did.
Pequot Lakes controlled play at the net with 38 kills and 11 blocks en route to a 25-19, 25-10, 25-8 Mid-State Conference win at Park Rapids Tuesday night. The Patriots jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Set 1 before a block by Olivia Vaadeland and a kill by Justine Rittgers closed the gap to 6-4.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team relied on close wins in the opening sets to eliminate East Grand Forks from the Section 8A tournament Tuesday at the Grand Forks Center Courts. The No. 3-seeded Panthers won three 7-5 first-set matches and two 6-4 first-set matches en route to a 5-2 victory over the No. 6-seeded Green Wave. Julia Renner, Lydia Schaum and Heidi Schaum prevailed in straight sets in singles while Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles and Lexi Burlingame and Katie Walsh won in straight sets at No.
Moorhead ran away with the boys and girls titles at Thursday's Perham Invitational cross-country meet at Arvig Park. In the girls meet, Moorhead had seven runners in the top-15 spots and finished with 36 points. The Spuds had six runners in the top-13 spots in winning the boys title with 20 points. Park Rapids finished third in the girls race with 97 points. Lydia Lutz led the way by covering the 4,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 29 seconds to finish third overall.
Another dominant effort Thursday night enabled the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to go undefeated in dual meets for only the second time in school history. The Panthers closed out their dual schedule with a 191-111 victory at Detroit Lakes for a perfect 8-0 record this season. Park Rapids' only other undefeated season was a 10-0 record in 2002. This meet was scored 10-5-3 in the relays and 8-6-5-4-3-2 in the other events. The Panthers won nine events and went 1-2-3 in three events to coast to the win.
It's pretty easy to see why Joe Mollberg was heavily recruited by several Division I colleges. All you had to do was watch the Detroit Lakes senior quarterback in the second quarter of Friday night's game at Park Rapids to see he definitely has the talent to play at that level. After a slow first quarter, Mollberg took charge in the second quarter by completing all seven passes he attempted for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
Nicole Brandt likes the chances of the Park Rapids girls tennis team to qualify for the state Class A tournament for the first time in school history. Even though the Panthers enter the Section 8A tournament as the No. 3 seed, Brandt knows her team was one singles or doubles match away from being the top seed. During the regular season, the Panthers split 4-3 matches with Pequot Lakes and dropped another close 4-3 match to Staples-Motley. Pequot Lakes edged Staples-Motley 4-3 in their only meeting. Based on those results, Pequot Lakes earned the No.
Thief River Falls solidified its spot atop the Section 8AA North volleyball standings with a 25-11, 25-8, 25-13 win over Park Rapids Tuesday night at Thief River Falls. Olivia Vaadeland's 11 digs and five kills led the Panthers.