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Todd Fritze wanted the three seniors on this year's Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team to pose with the Mid-State Conference trophy. Melissa Haas, Leah Meinert and Taylor Ondracek received that wish Friday night as the Panthers dominated the conference meet at the Area High School pool. Despite winning only three events, the Panthers relied on their depth to compile 465 points to easily finish ahead of defending champion Perham/New York Mills' 364 total.
Park Rapids' Alyssa Carlson and Christina Smith fulfilled their main goal at the state Class A girls tennis tournament. Carlson and Smith became only the second doubles team in Park Rapids history to win a match at the state tournament.
Despite having only three healthy runners back from last year's team, Kerry Johnson was confident the Park Rapids girls cross-country team could return to the state Class A meet. Led by Lydia Lutz's individual runner-up finish, the Panthers used a runner-up finish as a team at Friday's Section 8A meet at Bagley to fulfill that quest. Perham, which is rated No. 10 in the latest state Class A poll, repeated as section champs with 84 points while the Panthers were next with 102 points. Warroad finished third with 113 points and Roseau was fourth with 115 points.
Nevis junior Bryon Schuldt and United North Central senior Jonathan Miller fulfilled their goals at Bagley Friday by earning trips to the state Class A boys cross-country meet. Schuldt, who is ranked No. 5 in the latest state Class A poll, repeated as the Section 8A champion by covering the 5,000-meter course with a winning time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds to earn his third consecutive state trip. Meanwhile, Miller finished fourth in 16:37 to qualify for his first state meet. The top-10 individuals on Friday advance to the state meet. Thief River Falls' Brenden Skime, who is rated No.
Five minutes into Tuesday night's Section 8AAA football playoff game, it appeared Pequot Lakes was on its way to another easy win over Park Rapids. A pair of 6-yard touchdown runs by Logan Lange and Nevin Greer gave Pequot Lakes a quick 16-0 lead with 7:04 to play in the first quarter. The top-seeded Patriots would go on for a 22-0 victory, but Park Rapids' defense kept the Panthers in the game, which was played in a mix of rain and snow. Pequot Lakes, which was ranked No.
Despite compiling a season-high 250 yards on the ground, the Park Rapids football team wasn't able to pick up its first win of the season Thursday night. The Panthers put together three scoring drives of at least 60 yards, but West Central Area countered with a pair of long scoring drives en route to a 27-19 victory in the regular-season finale at the Fargodome. Park Rapids took the opening kickoff and drove into WCA territory before an interception at the 24-yard line ended that drive.
The Park Rapids girls swimming and diving team finished ninth at Friday night's state Class A True Team meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Monticello won the state title with 2,149 points.
If Monday's Park Rapids Invitational is any indication, the Section 8A girls cross-country meet is going to be a battle. Perham captured the girls title at Headwaters Country Club with 69 points. Warroad (91), Park Rapids (98) and Roseau (101) followed. Throw in Staples-Motley and you're going to have five teams bat-tling for the two state berths at the section meet at Bagley next Friday. In the boys race Monday, Perham ran away with the title with 24 points. Perham is the top-ranked team in the latest state Class A poll.
Chelsey Frydenlund's 13 kills helped the East Grand Forks volleyball team move above the .500 mark with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-13 win over Park Rapids in the regular-season finale Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers played well in Set 1 of this Section 8AA match on Seniors Night. A tip by Olivia Vaadeland and a pair of kills by Ashley Domino helped the Panthers to a 5-5 tie. EGF jumped out to a 14-9 lead before two spikes and a block by Vaadeland and two kills by Domino closed the gap to 18-17.
The Park Rapids football team will enter the Section 8AAA playoffs at the No. 8 seed following a 27-19 loss to West Central Area Thursday night at the Fargodome. The Panthers, who ended the regular season with an 0-8 record, will open section play at No. 1 Pequot Lakes Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Pequot Lakes, which will enter the playoffs with a 7-1 record, defeated Park Rapids 36-0 in Week 4. Pequot Lakes is ranked No. 11 in the latest state Class AAA poll. The other Section 8AAA quarterfinal games Tuesday pit No. 2 Crookston (5-3) against No. 7 Roseau (2-6), No.