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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.
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.
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.
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
The Park Rapids girls cross-country team placed five girls in the top six spots in running away with the title at Monday's Pelican Rapids Invitational. Lydia Lutz led the eight-team field with a winning time of 15 minutes, 55 seconds over the 4,000-meter course. Lutz is currently rated as the No. 9 runner in this week's state Class A poll. Shelby Pierce was third in 16:35, Summer Ellefson placed fourth in 17:08, Lora Remus was fifth in 17:29 and Megan Olson finished sixth in 17:32 as the Panthers scored 19 points.
Olivia Vaadeland took charge down the stretch in the fourth set to seal Park Rapids' volleyball victory over Menahga Tuesday night at the Area High School gym. The Panthers prevailed 25-15, 25-23, 24-26, 25-23 in a match that went back-and-forth in the final three sets. Menahga jumped out to an 8-4 lead in Set 1 behind a tip by Beth Tormanen and a kill and service winner by Jenny Skoog.
The Park Rapids girls tennis team reached the .500 mark in dual meets with a pair of 7-0 home wins over Mid-State Conference opponents. Park Rapids won five matches in straight sets against Detroit Lakes Monday and won six matches in straights sets against Perham Tuesday at the Depot Courts. Julie Renner, Lydia Schaum, Heidi Schaum and Charity Ridlon prevailed in singles against Detroit Lakes while Christina Smith, Renner and the Schaums coasted to straight-set wins in singles against Perham. Bonnie Baumgartner and Allie Girtz won both matches in straight sets at No.