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Over the last six seasons, the Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team hadn't had much success in dual meets against Bemidji. That changed Tuesday night. The Panthers, who were 0-5-1 in the last six meetings with Bemidji, relied on depth in the final four events to break a 63-63 tie and remain undefeated on the season with a 99-87 victory at the Area High School pool. "Bemidji is a good team and it took a total team effort to beat them," said Park Rapids head coach Todd Fritze, whose team improved to 6-0 in dual meets. "Things are starting to click for us.
Nevis' Bryon Schuldt led the field in the boys Class A race at last Saturday's Milaca Mega Meet at Stones Throw Golf Course. Schuldt, who is rated as the No. 6 Class A runner in the state, covered the 5,000-meter course in a winning time of 16 minutes, 17 seconds. Park Rapids' Lydia Lutz finished fifth overall in the girls Class AA race with a time of 15:11. Lutz is rated No. 7 in this week's state poll. The Panthers, who fell from the No. 10 spot to the No. 15 spot in this week's state poll, finished sixth in the team standings with 195 points. St. Cloud Cathedral, which is ranked No.
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.
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.
Emily Miron's 12 kills and seven blocks kept the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team undefeated on the season with a 25-7, 25-7, 25-13 Mid-State Conference win over Park Rapids Thursday night at Wadena. Brittney Noon added 11 kills and four blocks as the Wolverines improved to 3-0 in conference matches and 10-0 overall. The defending Class AA champions are ranked No.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team found a way to win a close match Thursday. Entering Thursday's Mid-State Conference meet at Pequot Lakes, the Panthers were 0-4 in matches decided by a 4-3 score this season. That trend ended as Park Rapids avenged one of those losses with a 4-3 win against the Patriots. Christina Smith won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles over Tricia Villella and Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz won a third-set tiebreaker at No.
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.
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.