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Todd Fritze was looking forward to Thursday night's dual meet against Perham/New York Mills. After coasting to wins in the first four dual meets of the season, Fritze wanted to see how the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team would perform in a close meet. The Panthers' head coach was pleased with the results. After falling behind early, the Panthers built a 19-point lead before holding off a late charge for a 97-88 victory. "I'm proud of the way the girls stepped up," said Fritze. "We beat a very solid team.
When Aaron Morris had the opportunity to shock the No. 5-ranked Class AAA football team in the state, he didn't hesitate to jump at the chance. His gamble paid off. After Forrest Drury scored on a 4-yard run with 3:05 to play, Morris had to choose between kicking the extra point to tie the game or going for a two-point conversion to take the lead. Morris elected to go for the latter.
Lydia Lutz led the field for the third consecutive meet in leading the Park Rapids girls cross-country team to its second consecutive title Tuesday. Lutz, who is rated as the No. 10 runner in this week's state Class A poll, covered the rain-soaked 4,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 32 seconds as the Panthers tallied 63 points to lead the 18-team field at the Bagley/ Fosston Invitational. Lake of the Woods' Victoria Alexander, who was rated No.
The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team won only five events, but used its balance to easily defeat Crookston Tuesday and remain undefeated in dual meets. The Panthers went 1-2 in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay and went 1-2-3 in diving to spark a 95-77 victory in Crookston's meter pool. Jessi Andersen, Mandy Schirmers, Hannah Williams and Emily Creager won the 200 medley relay in 2:28.05 while Heather Kniss, Seri Erickson, Ellen Hoffman and Christina Mackley followed in 2:33.79. Katherine Erickson (in 2:24.88) and Allycia Zinke (in 2:36.14) went 1-2 in
What could have been a three-set win turned into a four-set loss for the Park Rapids volleyball team Monday night. The Panthers held leads in all four sets, but Crookston was able to escape the Area High School gym with a 26-24, 29-27, 24-26, 26-24 victory in this battle of Section 8AA rivals. After falling behind 3-1 in Set 1, the Panthers used five service points by Justine Rittgers, a spike and block by Olivia Vaadeland, a kill by Megan Grimes, a tip by Katelyn Hilmanowski, blocks by Grimes and Vaadeland, and two spikes by Hilmanowski to claim an 18-10 advantage.
Turning the ball over at inopportune moments had the Park Rapids football team mired in a 16-game losing streak. Creating turnovers helped the Panthers end that skid Friday night. The Panthers (who turned the ball over 21 times in going 0-9 last season and nine times in season-opening losses to Hawley and Perham this season) intercepted four passes, recovered three fumbles and blocked a punt in sparking a 32-14 Heart O'Lakes Conference win at Crookston. "This was a nice win for us," said Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris, whose team hadn't tasted victory since defeating Roseau 21-7 in
Pequot Lakes reached the finals at all seven positions, using three titles and four runner-up finishes to win the Mid-State Conference girls tennis title Saturday at Park Rapids. The Patriots compiled 38 points to edge Park Rapids (34) and Staples-Motley (33) and claim the conference championship. Park Rapids won two titles as Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz finished first at No. 1 doubles and Julia Renner took first at No. 2 singles. Girtz and Baumgartner entered as the No. 1 seed and defeated Pequot Lakes' Nicci Hedtke and Ellie Heggerston, the No.
Kayli Muckenhirn's 12 kills led Detroit Lakes to a 25-13, 25-11, 25-23 Mid-State Conference volleyball victory at Park Rapids Thursday night. Two kills by Olivia Vaadeland, a kill by Justine Rittgers, tips by Mady Vaudrin and Megan Grimes, and an ace serve by Vaadeland kept the Panthers within 9-8 in Set 1. Detroit Lakes closed out the set by going on a 14-5 run as Julia Taylor and Courtney Hedstrom combined for eight service points. The Lakers continued the momentum in Set 2 by jumping out to a 10-3 lead.
Melrose only won three events, but relied on depth to capture the team title at Saturday's Park Rapids Invitational girls swimming and diving meet. Melrose compiled 636 points to top the seven-team field. Brainerd, despite winning six events, finished a distant second with 509 points while Park Rapids took third with 443 points. Katherine Erickson clocked a 1:05.39 to win the 100-yard backstroke to account for Park Rapids' lone first-place finish.
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